Seneca, Kansas

city in Kansas

Seneca is a city in Nemaha County, Kansas, United States.[4] It is also the county seat of Nemaha County. In 2020, 2,139 people lived there.[3]

Seneca, Kansas
Post Office in Seneca (2021)
Post Office in Seneca (2021)
Location within Nemaha County and Kansas
Location within Nemaha County and Kansas
KDOT map of Nemaha County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°50′17″N 96°04′11″W / 39.83806°N 96.06972°W / 39.83806; -96.06972[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forSeneca County, Ohio
 • Total1.67 sq mi (4.32 km2)
 • Land1.67 sq mi (4.32 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,152 ft (351 m)
 • Total2,139
 • Density1,300/sq mi (500/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code785
FIPS code20-63950
GNIS ID485651[1]

History change

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church (1916)

Seneca was created in 1857. It was named after Seneca County, Ohio.[5]

The first post office in Seneca was created in November 1858.[6]

Seneca grew along the wagon route from St. Joseph, Missouri to Oregon and California. British explorer Richard Francis Burton was going to California in 1860. He went through town and noted: "... Seneca, a city consisting of a few shanties ..."[7]

Seneca was a station on the Pony Express of the early 1860s. The station was in the Smith Hotel, at the present-day place of Fourth and Main Streets.[8]

Seneca was incorporated as a city in 1870.[9]

Geography change

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2). All of it is land.[2]

People change

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census change

The 2020 census says that there were 2,139 people, 929 households, and 550 families living in Seneca. Of the households, 73.1% owned their home and 26.9% rented their home.

The median age was 46.0 years. Of the people, 93.5% were White, 0.8% were Black, 0.1% were Native American, 0.1% were Asian, 2.2% were from some other race, and 3.2% were two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the people.[3][10]

2010 census change

The 2010 census says that there were 1,991 people, 908 households, and 509 families living in Seneca.[11]

Famous people change

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Seneca, Kansas
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "DP1: PROFILE OF GENERAL POPULATION AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 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. 249.
  6. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  7. Richard Burton, (1862) The Look of the West 1860, Lincoln: Univ. Nebraska Press, reprint, n.d., p.27.
  8. "Kansas Stations". XP Pony Express Home Station. Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  9. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 668.
  10. "P16: HOUSEHOLD TYPE". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  11. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.

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