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Welcome to Americus ...

The city of Americus is located in Lyon County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Americus has a population of 879 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Americus.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Americus: Named after "Americus Vespucius", the Latinised form of Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512).

The city of Americus was previously named Sheridan.

Americus is 1,150 feet [351 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Americus lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Americus is located in the (620) area code.

The ZIP code for Americus: 66835<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Americus had an population of 879 people. This is a decrease of 1.68% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 6.29% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Americus had a population of 894 people. This makes Americus the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Americus represents 0.03% of the population of Kansas (which has 2,853,118 people), making it the state's 213rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 894 people, the population of Americus decreased 4.69% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 938 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Americus.

Adding Americus to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Americus in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Americus elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Americus on a Rand McNally Map of Kansas (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Americus on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Americus ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Kansas communities named Americus: This one is located in Lyon County and the other is located in Lyon County.

Beyond Kansas, there are 6 communities that are also named Americus - they are located in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi and Missouri.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Americus.

Communities near Americus ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Americus.

  • Emporia [Lyon County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emporia
    • Emporia [Lyon County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Americus
    • Estimated population in 2019: 24,598 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emporia
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emporia<6>
  • Council Grove [Morris County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Council Grove
    • Council Grove [Morris County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Americus
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,121 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Council Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Council Grove has also been known as:
    • Council
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Council Grove
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Council Grove<6>
  • Cottonwood Falls [Chase County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood Falls
    • Cottonwood Falls [Chase County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Americus
    • Estimated population in 2019: 862 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottonwood Falls have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood Falls
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cottonwood Falls<6>
  • Olpe [Lyon County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olpe
    • Olpe [Lyon County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the south of Americus
    • Estimated population in 2019: 535 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olpe have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former name for Olpe:
    • Bitlertown
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olpe
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olpe<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Strong City [Chase County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strong City
      • Strong City [Chase County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Americus
      • Estimated population in 2019: 455 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strong City have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Strong City:
      • Strong
      • Strong City has also been known as:
      • Strong
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strong City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Strong City<6>
    • Neosho Rapids [Lyon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Neosho Rapids
      • Neosho Rapids [Lyon County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Americus
      • Estimated population in 2019: 262 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Neosho Rapids have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Neosho Rapids:
      • Italia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Neosho Rapids
    • Reading [Lyon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reading
      • Reading [Lyon County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the east of Americus
      • Estimated population in 2019: 227 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reading have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reading
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reading<6>
    • Allen [Lyon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allen
      • Allen [Lyon County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Americus
      • Estimated population in 2019: 172 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allen have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allen
    • Admire [Lyon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Admire
      • Admire [Lyon County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Americus
      • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Admire have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Admire
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Admire<6>
    • Bushong [Lyon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bushong
      • Bushong [Lyon County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the north of Americus
      • Estimated population in 2019: 33 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bushong have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bushong

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Americus. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Americus.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Americus. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Americus.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Americus. See our Newspapers Page for Americus.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Americus ...

Looking for more information about Americus? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Americus, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Americus.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Kansas

About Lyon County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Americus. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Lyon County: www.lyoncounty.org/

The official website for State of Kansas: https://portal.kansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kansas' counties, including Lyon, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Americus.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Americus - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Americus). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Americus or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Americus) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Americus. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Americus

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Americus. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5070, Longitude: -96.2604    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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