Reading, Kansas

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Reading is a city in Lyon County, Kansas, United States. The population was 247 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Jim Barnett, the unsuccessful 2006 Republican candidate for governor of Kansas grew up on a farm near Reading and graduated from Reading High School.

Reading was also the birthplace of former U.S. Representative Robert D. "Bob" Price (1927-2004) a Texas Republican who served from 1967 to 1975.


Reading is located at 38°31′09″N 95°57′33″W / 38.519102°N 95.959091°W / 38.519102; -95.959091 (38.519102, -95.959091).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 247 people, 92 households, and 63 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,185.3 people per square mile (454.1/km2). There were 108 housing units at an average density of 518.3/sq mi (198.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.98% White, 0.40% African American, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.62% of the population.

There were 92 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $29,500. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $25,536 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,673. About 15.6% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

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