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Oberlin, Kansas - Basic Facts

Oberlin is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Oberlin.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Decatur County at latitude 39.8183 and longitude -100.5282. Decatur County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 2,562 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Oberlin (see map) encompass a land area of 1.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Oberlin: Sappa, Westfield.

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Oberlin, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 1,826
Population in Households 1,746
Population in Familes 1,330
Population in Group Qrtrs 80
Population Density1 956
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 846
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 494
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,070 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 609 (56.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 237 (22.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 224 (20.9%)
Median Home Value $94,634
Average Home Value $126,686


Median Household Income $34,722
Average Household Income $44,064
Per Capita Income $20,725
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.5% 0.39%
Households 0.62% 0.58%
Families 0.83% 0.48%
Median Household Income   2.65%
Per Capita Income   2.86%
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.


Oberlin, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Oberlin to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 137 80th
Population Density1 # 281 58th
Diversity Index2 # 558 17th
Median Household Income # 633 6th
Per Capita Income # 540 20th

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