Norton, Kansas

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Norton is a city in Norton County, Kansas, United States. The population was 3,012 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Norton County[3].



  • One of the first recorded tornado pictures was taken in Norton, in 1909. The photographer, Will Keller, was also able to see up into the tornado as it passed over him.[4]


Norton is located at 39°50′0″N 99°53′27″W / 39.833333°N 99.89083°W / 39.833333; -99.89083 (39.833338, -99.890899)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), all of it land. The city is situated on the north side of Prairie Dog Creek Valley in Norton County. Before the Bureau of Reclamation constructed Keith Sebelius Reservoir in 1963, Norton was prone to frequent flooding. The construction of the Dam has since resolved the problem and created the current reservoir that sits 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of Norton.[6] The Nebraska border is located 11 miles (18 km) north of the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,012 people, 1,331 households, and 814 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,566.5 people per square mile (605.7/km²). There were 1,517 housing units at an average density of 789.0/sq mi (305.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.91% White, 0.40% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.03% African American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.03% of the population.

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