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Atchison, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Atchison had a population of 11,145 as of July 1, 2016. Atchison ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Atchison is located at latitude 39.5636 and longitude -95.1366 in Atchison County. The formal boundaries for the City of Atchison (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.85 sq. miles and a water area of 0.46 sq. miles. Atchison County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 814 feet.

The City of Atchison (GNIS ID: 485542) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Atchison population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Atchison, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 11,145
Population in Households 9,793
Population in Familes 7,665
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,352
Population Density1 1,419
Diversity Index2 30


Total Households 3,965
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 2,494
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,480 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,419 (54.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,547 (34.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 515 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $96,134
Average Home Value $147,084


Median Household Income $43,177
Average Household Income $56,729
Per Capita Income $21,837
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.18% -0.06%
Households 0.13% -0.1%
Families 0.3% -0.1%
Median Household Income   2.5%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Atchison, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Atchison to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 34 95th
Population Density1 # 132 80th
Diversity Index2 # 127 81st
Median Household Income # 444 34th
Per Capita Income # 540 20th

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