Eskridge, Kansas

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Eskridge is a city in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. The population was 589 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In 1943, German and Italian prisoners of World War II were brought to Kansas and other Midwest states as a means of solving the labor shortage caused by American men serving in the war effort. Large internment camps were established in Kansas: Camp Concordia, Camp Funston (at Fort Riley), Camp Phillips (at Salina under Fort Riley). Fort Riley established 12 smaller branch camps, including Eskridge.[3]


Eskridge is located at 38°51′31″N 96°6′27″W / 38.85861°N 96.1075°W / 38.85861; -96.1075 (38.858537, -96.107619)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 589 people, 212 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,145.2 people per square mile (445.9/km²). There were 238 housing units at an average density of 462.7/sq mi (180.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.28% White, 1.02% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 212 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.

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