St. John, Kansas

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St. John is a city in Stafford County, Kansas, United States. The population was 1,318 at the 2000 census. The first settlement in what is today St. John was made in 1875 when William Bickerton of the Church of Jesus Christ founded a religious colony named Zion Valley. By 1879, Zion Valley had grown into a small town, and the residents renamed it St. John, after then governor John P. St. John, in order to gain favor in winning the county seat of Stafford County.



St. John is located at 38°0′4″N 98°45′40″W / 38.00111°N 98.76111°W / 38.00111; -98.76111 (38.001029, -98.761045)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,318 people, 569 households, and 337 families residing in the city. The population density was 732.1 people per square mile (282.7/km²). There were 686 housing units at an average density of 381.1/sq mi (147.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.36% White, 0.38% African American, 0.23% Asian, 2.12% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.57% of the population.

There were 569 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

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