Baxter Springs, KS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Baxter Springs, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Baxter Springs had a population of 4,133 as of July 1, 2015. Baxter Springs 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 Baxter Springs is located at latitude 37.02 and longitude -94.735 in Cherokee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Baxter Springs (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Cherokee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 846 feet.

The City of Baxter Springs (GNIS ID: 485544) 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 Baxter Springs population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Baxter Springs, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 4,133
Population in Households 4,115
Population in Familes 3,361
Population in Group Qrtrs 18
Population Density1 1,327
Diversity Index2 30


Total Households 1,714
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 1,135
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,038 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,109 (54.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 604 (29.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 324 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $84,653
Average Home Value $109,099


Median Household Income $35,182
Average Household Income $43,523
Per Capita Income $17,959
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.48% -0.4%
Households -0.44% -0.39%
Families -0.27% -0.41%
Median Household Income   1.55%
Per Capita Income   2.56%
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.


Baxter Springs, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Baxter Springs to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 72 89th
Population Density1 # 159 76th
Diversity Index2 # 123 82nd
Median Household Income # 621 8th
Per Capita Income # 634 6th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Kansas Census Data Comparison Tool.