Leoti, Kansas

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Leoti is a city in Wichita County, Kansas, United States. The population was 1,598 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wichita County[3]. The correct pronunciation is "Lee-oh-TAH."



Leoti was founded in 1885 by a company of men from Garden City, Kansas. Two years later, in 1887, it was involved in the bloodiest county seat fight in the history of the American West. The shoot-out was on February 27, 1887, when men—some would say hired gunmen—from Leoti, went to the neighbor and rival town of Coronado and left several people dead and wounded. A small town called Farmer City which was located between Coronado and Leoti, was hoped by some to become the county seat—which would end the fighting. Leoti later won the right to become the county seat and now the two other towns consist mainly of farmland.[citation needed]


Leoti is located at 38°29′3″N 101°21′28″W / 38.48417°N 101.35778°W / 38.48417; -101.35778 (38.484073, -101.357639)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,598 people, 634 households, and 452 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,213.3 people per square mile (467.4/km²). There were 726 housing units at an average density of 551.2/sq mi (212.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.35% White, 0.06% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 15.33% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.03% of the population.

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