Harper, KS Profile: Facts & Data


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Harper, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Harper had a population of 1,333 as of July 1, 2020. Harper ranks in the upper 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 Harper is located at latitude 37.2867 and longitude -98.0259 in Harper County. The formal boundaries for the City of Harper encompass a land area of 1.63 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Harper County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,421 feet.

The City of Harper (GNIS ID: 485587) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Harper: Cora City.


Harper, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,333 (100%)
Population in Households 1,317 (98.8%)
Population in Families 1,019 (76.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 16 ( 1.2%)
Population Density 823
Diversity Index2 40


Median Household Income $48,480
Average Household Income $58,528
% of Income for Mortgage4 6%
Per Capita Income $24,917
Wealth Index5 52


Total HU (Housing Units) 733 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 427 (58.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 140 (19.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 166 (22.6%)
Median Home Value $70,962
Average Home Value $85,246
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 567
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 347
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.97% -1.06%
Households -0.93% -1.04%
Families -1.01% -1.12%
Median Household Income   0.37%
Per Capita Income   1.35%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.81%


Harper, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Harper to the other 672 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 161 76th
Population Density # 326 52nd
Median Household Income # 429 36th
Housing Affordability Index # 620 92nd
Per Capita Income # 481 29th
Diversity Index # 90 87th

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