Chapman, Kansas

Chapman, Kansas
Chapman, Kansas
—  City  —
Chapman Elementary & Middle School
Location of Chapman, Kansas
Detailed map of Chapman, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°58′18″N 97°1′18″W / 38.97167°N 97.02167°W / 38.97167; -97.02167Coordinates: 38°58′18″N 97°1′18″W / 38.97167°N 97.02167°W / 38.97167; -97.02167
Country United States
State Kansas
County Dickinson
 - Type Mayor–Council
 - Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 - Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,115 ft (340 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 - Total 1,393
 - Density 1,741.3/sq mi (672.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67431
Area code(s) 785
FIPS code 20-12550[2]
GNIS feature ID 0476688[3]

Chapman is a city in Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,393.[1]



The first settlement was made at Chapman in 1868, and the same year Jackman's mill was built on Chapman creek a little northeast of the present town. James Streeter and S. M. Strickler laid out the town in 1871.[4]

June 2008 tornado

Chapman Elementary & Middle School, after June 2008 Tornado.
Heavy tornado damage at Chapman High School on June 12 (NWS Topeka)

On the evening of June 11, 2008, a ½ mile wide tornado swept through Chapman. The tornado moved from the southwest side of town, through the central business district, and then on out of town. Many buildings and structures in the town suffered extensive damage; most of the downtown area was obliterated and over 60 homes were destroyed. At least one person was confirmed dead in early reports.[5] The American Red Cross estimated that seventy-five percent of homes suffered major damage and/or were destroyed. School buildings and churches suffered extensive damage and at least 200 people were displaced from the town.[6]

Sharon Watson, public affairs director for the Kansas Army National Guard, said the damage was "very reminiscent of Greensburg," a small city in southwestern Kansas that was similarly damaged during the May 2007 Tornado Outbreak.[6]


On January 23, 2009, Friday, in the episode "Tutwiler Family" (2009) of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the show helped Chapman, Kansas to rebuild their lives and homes. In the episode, in addition to rebuilding the Tutwiler home, a coalition of builders, volunteers, and crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition helped neighbors with furniture and some rebuilding, and they built the town's first community center that could also be used as a safe shelter for tornado protection.[7]

By the end of 2009, the Tutwiler family had placed their house on the market, saying they wanted to leave the town of Chapman, citing "scrutiny and ill feelings."[8][9]


Chapman is located at 38°58′18″N 97°1′18″W / 38.97167°N 97.02167°W / 38.97167; -97.02167 (38.971772, -97.021791)[10]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1960 1,095
1970 1,132 3.4%
1980 1,255 10.9%
1990 1,264 0.7%
2000 1,241 −1.8%
2010 1,393 12.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,241 people, 488 households, and 348 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,627.4 people per square mile (630.5/km²). There were 534 housing units at an average density of 700.3 per square mile (271.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.76% White, 0.48% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.73% from other races, and 2.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.98% of the population.

There were 488 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,000, and the median income for a family was $44,063. Males had a median income of $30,536 versus $22,891 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,842. About 4.3% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

For population 25 and over in Chapman, 87.2% have a high school diploma or higher, 17.0% have a Bachelor's degree or higher, and 5.7% have a Graduate degree or higher.


Primary and secondary education

Chapman is part of Unified School District 473.[11][12]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Kansas Skyways Library, Chapman, Kansas
  5. ^ Wichita Eagle-Beacon Tornado claims 2 lives in Kansas John Hanna, posted and retrieved on June 12, 2008
  6. ^ a b Chapman 'reminiscent of Greensburg', Topeka Capital-Journal, Barbara Hollingsworth, June 12, 2008
  7. ^ Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Chapman, Kansas, TV Guide, Paige Hemmis, January 23, 2009
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ 'Makeover' home for sale
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ USD 473
  12. ^ Kansas School District Boundary Map

External links

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