Lansing, Kansas

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City of Lansing
Location of Lansing in Kansas.
Location of Lansing in Kansas.
Coordinates: 39°14′55″N, 94°53′31″W
Country United States
State Kansas
County Leavenworth
Incorporated 1959
Government
 - Mayor Kenneth W. Bernard
Area
 - City  8.6 sq mi (22.4 km²)
 - Land  8.5 sq mi (22.1 km²)
 - Water  0.1 sq mi (0.3 km²)
Population (2005)
 - City 10,214
 - Density 1,187.7/sq mi (456.0/km²)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Website: www.lansing.ks.us

Lansing is a city situated along the Missouri River in the eastern part of Leavenworth County, located in northeast Kansas, in the central United States. The population was estimated to be 10,214 in the year 2005.[1] It is the second most populous city of Leavenworth County and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Lansing Correctional Facility (formerly the Kansas State Penitentiary), which includes the state's main maximum-security prison, is located in Lansing. Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, the subjects of In Cold Blood, were hanged at the prison in 1965.

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[edit] History

Lansing is named for James William Lansing, a business man born in New York. Formerly William Lansing Taylor, James changed his name upon his enlistment in 1862 as a hospital steward in the 7th Regiment of the Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Following the Civil War, he earned a position at the new state penitentiary in Kansas as a hospital steward. He later resigned and opened a general mercantile store, which held the post office and an apothecary business, in the area called “Town of Progress”. “Doc Lansing”, as he became known, and his friend John C. Schmidt became co-owners of ninety acres of land that was platted into town lots in 1878; they named the area “Town of Lansing”. Lansing did not become an incorporated city until 1959.[2]

The Kansas State Penitentiary, later renamed the Lansing Correctional Facility, was authorized by the Kansas Constitution in 1859; it is the state's largest and oldest facility for detention and rehabilitation of male adult felons.[2] With the opening of the coal mine at the prison the town became an important shipping point for this product.[3]

[edit] Geography

Lansing is located at 39°14′55″N, 94°53′31″W (39.248689, -94.891880).[4] The city is situated along the western bank of the Missouri River which also marks the Kansas-Missouri state border. It is bordered by the city of Leavenworth to the north; Kansas City is less than a half hour to the southeast. U.S. Route 73 passes through the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.4 km² (8.6 mi²), of which 22.1 km² (8.5 mi²) is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²), or 1.50%, is water.[4]

[edit] Demographics

Lansing's population was estimated to be 10,214 in the year 2005, an increase of 920, or +9.9%, over the previous five years.[1]

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[5] there were 9,199 people, 2,435 households, and 1,913 families residing in the city. The population density was 416.9/km² (1,080.1/mi²). There were 2,548 housing units at an average density of 115.5/km² (299.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.95% White, 12.46% Black or African American, 1.22% Native American or Alaska Native, 1.33% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 2.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.85% of the population.

There were 2,435 households out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 38.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 164.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 184.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $60,994, and the median income for a family was $65,639. Males had a median income of $36,326 versus $28,315 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,655. About 1.9% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Education

The Lansing school district (USD 469), with four schools, serves more than 2,000 students.[6]

  • Lansing Elementary School, grades K–3
  • Lansing Intermediate School, grades 4–5
  • Lansing Middle School, grades 6–8
  • Lansing High School, grades 9–12

[edit] Notable Residents

[edit] References

See also: Geographic references and United States Census, 2000
  1. ^ a b Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Annual estimates of the population through 2005-07-01. Released 2006-06-21.
  2. ^ a b Lansing History. City of Lansing. Retrieved on July 16, 2006.
  3. ^ "Atchison". Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc ... II: 104. (1912). Ed. Frank W. Blackmar. Chicago: Standard Pub Co.
  4. ^ a b Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files. U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division.
  5. ^ Census 2000 Gateway. U.S. Census Bureau.
  6. ^ Lansing schools. GreatSchools.net. Retrieved on July 16, 2006.

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