Meade is a city in Meade County, Kansas. The population was 1,672 at the 2000 census. Meade is the county seat of Meade County. The City attaches itself to The Dalton Gang legends, having an annual celebration and two museums dedicated to the subject. Meade is located near the center of the county on Highway 160 about 37 miles Southwest of Dodge City.


The Early History of Meade
by Frank W. Blackmar
Meade, the county seat of Meade county, is located north of the central portion on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific R. R. It has 2 banks, 2 newspapers (the News and the Globe), all lines of mercantile enterprise, telegraph and express offices and an international money order postoffice. The population according to the census of 1910 was 664. Meade was founded in 1885. The buildings were all of native stone which existed in abundance. During the first few months the growth was very rapid on account of prospects of county organization. A bank was established and two newspapers were started. It was declared the temporary county seat on Nov. 4, 1885. A few days later the town was organized as a city of the third class and the following officers elected: Mayor, Peter E. Hart; police judge, William C. O. Osgood; councilmen, Nelson Button, Evan A. Furst, George M. Roberts, David Truax and William H. Stewart. In Jan., 1886, Meade was chosen permanent county seat. It was originally called Meade Center, but the name was changed to Meade by the act of Feb. 26, 1889.

Meade is located at 37°17'10N, 100°20'21W (37.286107, -100.339300). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²), all land.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,672 people, 654 households, and 451 families residing in the city. The population density was 672.5/km² (1,739.2/mi²). There were 753 housing units at an average density of 302.8/km² (783.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.20% White, 0.60% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 3.23% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.56% of the population.

There were 654 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,583, and the median income for a family was $40,357. Males had a median income of $27,813 versus $20,764 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,910. About 3.9% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

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