Geary County, Kansas

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Geary County (county code GE) is a county located in Northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 24,174 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Junction City.[2] The county is named in honor of Governor John W. Geary.

Geary County is part of the Manhattan, Kansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Geary County was formed on August 30, 1855 as an original county from open, free territory. It was among the first 33 counties established by the territory government.

Geary County was originally named Davis County, but the name was changed after Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederacy. The county is named in honor of John W. Geary, an early Governor of the Kansas Territory.

Law and government

Geary County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement. The food sales requirement was removed with voter approval in 1990.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 404 square miles (1,046.4 km2), of which 385 square miles (997.1 km2) is land and 20 square miles (51.8 km2), or 4.87%, is water.[4]

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