Oberlin, KS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Oberlin, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Oberlin had a population of 1,845 as of July 1, 2016. Oberlin ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Oberlin is located at latitude 39.823 and longitude -100.5307 in Decatur County. The formal boundaries for the City of Oberlin (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Decatur County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 2,562 feet.

The City of Oberlin (GNIS ID: 485632) 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 Oberlin population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Oberlin: Sappa, Westfield.

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


Total Population 1,845
Population in Households 1,766
Population in Familes 1,346
Population in Group Qrtrs 79
Population Density1 966
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 858
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 501
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,096 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 623 (56.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 234 (21.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 238 (21.7%)
Median Home Value $72,889
Average Home Value $79,896


Median Household Income $36,443
Average Household Income $47,225
Per Capita Income $22,534
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.5% 0.38%
Households 0.65% 0.44%
Families 0.79% 0.4%
Median Household Income   1.42%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
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, 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 # 137 80th
Population Density1 # 279 59th
Diversity Index2 # 539 19th
Median Household Income # 610 9th
Per Capita Income # 496 26th

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