Riley County

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Riley County, Kansas

110 Courthouse Plaza
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: (785) 537-6300
Fax: (785) 537-6394
www.co.riley.ks.us

In east-central KS, northwest of Topeka; organized Aug 25, 1855 (prior to statehood) from Wabaunsee County. Name Origin: For Fort Riley, named for Gen. Bennett Riley (1787-1853), professional soldier and territorial governor of CA (1848)

Area (sq mi):: 622.11 (land 609.55; water 12.55) Population per square mile: 103.10
Population 2005: 62,826 State rank: 8 Population change: 2000-20005 0.00%; 1990-2000 -6.40% Population 2000: 62,843 (White 82.70%; Black or African American 6.90%; Hispanic or Latino 4.60%; Asian 3.20%; Other 5.10%). Foreign born: 6.10%. Median age: 23.90
Income 2000: per capita $16,349; median household $32,042; Population below poverty level: 20.60% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $22,143-$25,154
Unemployment (2004): 4.30% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.60% Median travel time to work: 14.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 18.70%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Manhattan County seat (47,916)

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