Downs, Kansas

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Downs is a city in Osborne County, Kansas, United States. The population was 1,038 at the 2000 census.

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History

Downs began as the end point of the Central Branch Railroad in 1879. It became an incorporated town in December of the same year. In 1910, the city had a population of 1,427. Business included 2 newspapers, a public library, flour mills, grain elevators, and an opera house.

Geography

Downs is located at 39°30′12″N 98°32′37″W / 39.50333°N 98.54361°W / 39.50333; -98.54361 (39.503305, -98.543500)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,038 people, 474 households, and 273 families residing in the city. The population density was 941.4 people per square mile (364.3/km²). There were 543 housing units at an average density of 492.5/sq mi (190.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.75% White, 0.67% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 474 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,808, and the median income for a family was $36,518. Males had a median income of $24,940 versus $16,302 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,001. About 9.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

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