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The 2000 Census showed that Barton County had a population of 28,205 people. This represented 1.05% of the total population of Kansas, making it the state's 20th most populous county (out of 105 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Barton had a population of 27,464 people. This is a decrease of 2.63% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201027,674-1.88%+0.76% since 2009
200927,464-2.63%-0.15% since 2008
200827,505-2.48%-0.68% since 2007
200727,694-1.81%-0.12% since 2006
200627,727-1.69%-0.55% since 2005
200527,880-1.15%+0.51% since 2004
200427,738-1.66%-0.14% since 2003
200327,777-1.52%-0.3% since 2002
200227,861-1.22%-0.15% since 2001
200127,904-1.07%-1.07% since 2000
200028,205The Last Census

Barton County had 12,888 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Barton County has a total area<3> of 900 square miles [2,332 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (6.46 square miles [16.73 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Barton County had a population density of 31.55 people per square mile [12.18 people/km²], making it the state's 26th most densely populated county (out of 105 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Barton County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Barton and the state of Kansas.

Click here for the Barton County QuickFact (QF-20009).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Barton County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Great BendQF-202830015,65215,3452%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Barton County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
EllisQF-20051   NW27,73927,5070.84%
EllsworthQF-20053   NE6,1796,525-5.3%
PawneeQF-20145   SW6,2067,233-14.2%
RiceQF-20159   E10,07910,761-6.34%
RushQF-20165   W3,1433,551-11.49%
RussellQF-20167   N6,5967,370-10.5%
StaffordQF-20185   S4,3424,789-9.33%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Barton. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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