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The 2000 Census showed that Cowley County had a population of 36,291 people. This represented 1.35% of the total population of Kansas, making it the state's 13th most populous county (out of 105 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Cowley had a population of 33,634 people. This is a decrease of 7.32% 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
200933,634-7.32%-1.04% since 2008
200833,988-6.35%-0.44% since 2007
200734,139-5.93%+0.25% since 2006
200634,055-6.16%-1.17% since 2005
200534,459-5.05%-1.88% since 2004
200435,121-3.22%-0.74% since 2003
200335,384-2.5%-1.85% since 2002
200236,051-0.66%+0.84% since 2001
200135,752-1.49%-1.49% since 2000
200036,291The Last Census

Cowley County had 15,673 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Cowley County has a total area<3> of 1,132 square miles [2,933 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (6.37 square miles [16.49 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Cowley County had a population density of 32.22 people per square mile [12.44 people/km²], making it the state's 24th 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 Cowley County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Cowley and the state of Kansas.

Click here for the Cowley County QuickFact (QF-20035).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Arkansas CityQF-200230010,97711,963-8.24%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ButlerQF-20015   N64,08459,4827.74%
ChautauquaQF-20019   E3,7454,359-14.09%
ElkQF-20049   E3,0013,261-7.97%
SedgwickQF-20173   NW490,864452,8698.39%
SumnerQF-20191   W23,48825,946-9.47%
Kay (OK)QF-40071   S46,11048,080-4.1%
Osage (OK)QF-40113   SE45,05144,4371.38%

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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 Cowley. 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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