Cuba, Kansas

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Cuba is a city in Republic County, Kansas, United States. The population was 231 at the 2000 census. The town has received attention due to its small town America nature documented by photographer Jim Richardson. Cuba, Kansas and Jim Richardson were highlighted on the "CBS News Sunday Morning" show in 1983 and May 9, 2004 as well as the May 2004 issue of National Geographic Magazine [3].



The city of Cuba, Kansas was founded in 1868 by American southerners traveling westward after the American Civil War. The city received its name from one settler who had once lived on the island of Cuba.[3] Other early settlers of Cuba are Czech immigrants from Bohemia that settled in Cuba in the mid-1870s. Originally the majority of the population of Cuba were of Czech and Austrian descent.[3]


Cuba is located at 39°48′8″N 97°27′26″W / 39.80222°N 97.45722°W / 39.80222; -97.45722 (39.802222, -97.457128)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 231 people, 110 households, and 72 families residing in the city. The population density was 761.0 people per square mile (297.3/km²). There were 148 housing units at an average density of 487.6/sq mi (190.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.27% White, 0.43% Native American, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.03% of the population.

There were 110 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.67.

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