Norton County

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Norton County, Kansas

PO Box 70
Norton, KS 67654
Phone: (785) 877-5720
Fax: (785) 877-5722

On the central northern border of KS; established as Oro County 1859 (prior to statehood) from unorganized territory; name changed to Norton Feb 26, 1867; changed to Billings Mar 6, 1873; changed back to Norton Feb 19, 1874. Name Origin: For Orloff Norton (?-1864), Kansas army officer killed during a skirmish at Cane Hill, AR. Previously for N. H. Billings, a member of the KS legislature

Area (sq mi):: 881.39 (land 877.84; water 3.55) Population per square mile: 6.50
Population 2005: 5,664 State rank: 65 Population change: 2000-20005 -4.90%; 1990-2000 0.10% Population 2000: 5,953 (White 92.10%; Black or African American 4.00%; Hispanic or Latino 2.40%; Asian 0.40%; Other 2.10%). Foreign born: 0.60%. Median age: 40.10
Income 2000: per capita $16,835; median household $31,050; Population below poverty level: 10.50% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,728-$22,060
Unemployment (2004): 4.10% Unemployment change (from 2000): 2.50% Median travel time to work: 12.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 10.70%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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