Oskaloosa, Kansas

town in Kansas

Oskaloosa is a city in Jefferson County, Kansas, United States.[4] It is also the county seat of Jefferson County. In 2020, 1,110 people lived there.[3]

Oskaloosa, Kansas
Business district of Oskaloosa (2014)
Business district of Oskaloosa (2014)
Location within Jefferson County and Kansas
Location within Jefferson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Jefferson County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°12′58″N 95°18′53″W / 39.21611°N 95.31472°W / 39.21611; -95.31472[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forOskaloosa, Iowa
 • Total1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land0.99 sq mi (2.57 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation1,116 ft (340 m)
 • Total1,110
 • Density1,100/sq mi (430/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code785
FIPS code20-53375 [1]
GNIS ID478510 [1]

History change

Oskaloosa was created in 1856.[5] It was named after the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa.[6] The first post office in Oskaloosa was created in November 1856.[7]

In 1888, Oskaloosa people elected Mary D. Lowman mayor with a city council composed entirely of women. This makes the city the first in Kansas to elect a city administration that has only women.[8][9]

Geography change

Oskaloosa is at 39°12′58″N 95°18′53″W / 39.21611°N 95.31472°W / 39.21611; -95.31472 (39.215988, -95.314713).[2] It is at the intersection of U.S. Route 59 and K-92, about 15 miles north of Lawrence. The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2). Of that, 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[2]

Climate change

Oskaloosa has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Oskaloosa has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[10]

People change

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

Oskaloosa is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2020 census change

The 2020 census there were 1,110 people, 411 households, and 255 families living in Oskaloosa. Of the households, 68.9% owned their home and 31.1% rented their home.

The median age was 38.7 years. Of the people, 91.8% were White, 0.5% were Native American, 0.4% were Asian, 0.3% were Black, 0.1% were Pacific Islanders, 0.9% were from some other race, and 6.0% were two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the people.[3][11]

2010 census change

The 2010 census there were 1,113 people, 435 households, and 281 families living in Oskaloosa.[12]

Famous people change

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Oskaloosa, Kansas". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "DP1: PROFILE OF GENERAL POPULATION AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2023.
  4. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 209.
  6. Carpenter, Tim (November 28, 1997). "What's in a name? Key elements of area history". Lawrence Journal-World. pp. 3B. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  7. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  8. "The Latest Kansas Innovation: A Municipal Government Composed of Women". Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vols. 65–67, pp. 149–151 (April 21, 1888).
  9. Willard, Frances Elizabeth. A woman of the century: Fourteen hundred-seventy biographical sketches accompanied by portraits of leading American women in all walks of life. New York: Moulton, 1893, p. 476.
  10. Climate Summary for Oskaloosa, Kansas
  11. "P16: HOUSEHOLD TYPE". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  12. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.

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