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Fort Scott, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Scott had a population of 7,823 as of July 1, 2017. Fort Scott 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 Fort Scott is located at latitude 37.8306 and longitude -94.7035 in Bourbon County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Scott (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Bourbon County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 846 feet.

The City of Fort Scott (GNIS ID: 485575) 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 Fort Scott population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Fort Scott, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,823
Daytime Population: Workers 5,260
Daytime Population: Residents 4,137
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 9,397
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.20
Population in Households 7,553
Population in Familes 5,811
Population in Group Qrtrs 270
Population Density2 1,410
Diversity Index3 26


Median Household Income $43,975
Average Household Income $56,698
Per Capita Income $23,495


Total Housing Units 3,734 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,885 (50.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,273 (34.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 576 (15.4%)
Median Home Value $85,000
Average Home Value $103,941


Total Households 3,158
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 1,899
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.46% -0.46%
Households -0.54% -0.52%
Families -0.3% -0.61%
Median Household Income   1.5%
Per Capita Income   2.09%

Fort Scott, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Scott to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 45 93rd
Population Density # 131 81st
Diversity Index # 165 76th
Median Household Income # 479 29th
Per Capita Income # 501 25th

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