Peru, Kansas

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Peru is a city in Chautauqua County, Kansas, United States. The population was 183 at the 2000 census.

Madelyn Dunham, grandmother of Barack Obama, was born in the town in 1922.


Peru is located at 37°4′53″N 96°5′47″W / 37.08139°N 96.09639°W / 37.08139; -96.09639 (37.081299, -96.096277)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 183 people, 87 households, and 50 families residing in the city. The population density was 485.3 people per square mile (185.9/km²). There were 101 housing units at an average density of 267.9/sq mi (102.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.35% White, 1.64% African American, 4.37% Native American, and 1.64% from two or more races.

There were 87 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,208, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $15,625 versus $12,143 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,810. About 6.4% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 8.3% of those sixty five or over.


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