- Sedgwick County, Kansas
Infobox U.S. County
county = Sedgwick County
state = Kansas
February 26, 1867
seat = Wichita | area_total_km2 = 2614|area_total_sq_mi=1009
area percentage = 0.99%
census estimate yr = 2007
pop = 476026
density_km2= 183.9|density_sq_mi= 476.5
web = www.sedgwickcounty.org
Sedgwick County (standard abbreviation: SG) is a county located in the
U.S. stateof Kansas. As of 2000, the population was 452,869, and it was estimated to be 476,026 in the year 2007 [ [http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2007-01-20.xls] , United States Census Bureau] , making it the second-largest county in the state. The largest city and county seatis Wichita. The county was named after General John Sedgwick.
Sedgwick County is part of the
Wichita metropolitan area.
Sedgwick County was the setting for the murders committed by the BTK strangler from 1974 until 1991.
Dennis Rader, an employee of the Sedgwick County city of Park City was arrested in early 2005 after he began sending incriminating letters taunting the police in 2004. He had not been heard from since 1979. Ken Landwehrof the Wichita Police Department led the task force which captured Rader, setting a new standard of serial crime detection in the process, which is still studied by police departments across the world. Rader is currently serving 10 life sentences at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado.
Law and government
Sedgwick County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the
Kansas Constitutionwas amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement. The food sales requirement was removed with voter approval in 1988. [Cite web| url=http://www.ksrevenue.org/abcwetdrymap.htm| title=Map of Wet and Dry Counties| publisher=Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue| date=November 2006| accessdate=2007-12-28]
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,009 square miles (2,614 km²), of which, 999 square miles (2,588 km²) of it is land and 10 square miles (26 km²) of it (0.99%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 452,869 people, 176,444 households, and 117,688 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 453 people per square mile (175/km²). There were 191,133 housing units at an average density of 191 per square mile (74/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.38% White, 9.13% Black or African American, 1.11% Native American, 3.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.17% from other races, and 2.81% from two or more races. 8.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 176,444 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.70% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,485, and the median income for a family was $51,645. Males had a median income of $37,770 versus $26,153 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $20,907. About 7.00% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.90% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Name and population (2004 estimate):
*Wichita, 353,823 (county seat)
*Park City, 7,000
*Bel Aire, 6,530
*Valley Center, 5,369
*Mount Hope, 837
*Garden Plain, 813
*St. Mary Aleppo
Sedgwick County is divided into twenty-seven townships. The cities of Bel Aire and Wichita are considered "governmentally independent" and are excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.
Unified school districts
* Wichita USD 259 ( [http://www.usd259.com Web site] )
* Derby USD 260 ( [http://www.usd260.com/ Web site] )
* Haysville USD 261 ( [http://www.usd261.com/ Web site] )
* Valley Center USD 262 ( [http://www.usd262.net/ Web site] )
* Mulvane USD 263 ( [http://www.usd263.com/ Web site] )
* Clearwater USD 264 ( [http://www.usd264.org/ Web site] )
* Goddard USD 265 ( [http://www.goddardusd.com/ Web site] )
* Maize USD 266 ( [http://www.usd266.com/ Web site] )
* Renwick USD 267 ( [http://www.usd267.com/ Web site] )
* Cheney USD 268 ( [http://www.cheney268.com/ Web site] )
Points of interest
Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum
Sedgwick County Zoo
Sedgwick County Fair
;Official websites:* [http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/ Sedgwick County Information Network] - includes voting information, elected officials lookup, crime details, and other useful information.:* [http://www.scz.org/ Sedgwick County Zoo]
;General county information:* [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/sedgwick/ KSGenWeb] - historical county information.:* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/KS/SE.html Political Graveyard]
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