Oberlin, KS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Oberlin, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Oberlin had a population of 1,849 as of July 1, 2015. 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, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Oberlin: Sappa, Westfield.

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


Total Population 1,849
Population in Households 1,770
Population in Familes 1,352
Population in Group Qrtrs 79
Population Density1 968
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 854
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 500
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,080 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 611 (56.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 243 (22.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 226 (20.9%)
Median Home Value $98,134
Average Home Value $131,874


Median Household Income $35,406
Average Household Income $44,705
Per Capita Income $20,929
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.64% 0.74%
Households 0.68% 0.83%
Families 0.9% 0.79%
Median Household Income   2.08%
Per Capita Income   3.34%
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.

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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, 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 # 136 80th
Population Density1 # 277 59th
Diversity Index2 # 547 18th
Median Household Income # 618 8th
Per Capita Income # 545 19th

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