Holcomb, Kansas

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Holcomb is a city in Finney County, Kansas, United States. The population was 2,026 at the 2000 census.



Holcomb is known for the murders of the Herbert W. Clutter family, which formed the basis of the Truman Capote novel In Cold Blood.


Holcomb is located at 37°59′2″N 100°59′10″W / 37.98389°N 100.98611°W / 37.98389; -100.98611 (37.983934, -100.985996)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,026 people, 592 households, and 515 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,730.1 people per square mile (668.6/km²). There were 608 housing units at an average density of 519.2/sq mi (200.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.80% White, 1.09% African American, 0.89% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 13.28% from other races, and 3.65% from mixed race.

There were 592 households out of which 65.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.0% were non-families. 10.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.42 and the average family size was 3.62.

In the city the population was spread out with 41.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 14.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,115, and the median income for a family was $48,587. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $22,652 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,264. About 7.6% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 26.5% of those age 65 or over.

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