About Moran, Kansas
Moran is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 54 and U.S. Highway 59 in Allen County in southeastern Kansas, approximately 100 miles south of Kansas City. Iola is 13 miles to the west and Fort Scott is 28 miles to the east. Moran has a population of 562.
Serving the town and the surrounding rural community are several civic organizations and four churches. Physicians office, grocery, bank, service stations, garages, grain company, restaurants, barber shop, beauty salons, funeral chapel, day care, construction company, locker, insurance agency, and a bed and breakfast are among the businesses that provide services to the area. A major addition and renovation at the USD 256 facility, which houses grades K through 12, was a recent accomplishment. A golf course is located north of the city limit. The Senior / Community Center on Cedar Street was completed in 2002.
Moran is the hometown of 1968 Miss America, Debra Dean Barnes, and of a Rhodes Scholar, Kelly Welch. Moran has a strong sense of community; the citizens are supportive of community projects and rally around neighbors in need.
A community celebration-Moran Days-is held each fall; the September 15, 2007, celebration will be the sixty-first annual.The next Moran Day Committee meeting is April 21 at 221 North Cedar (Main Street Styles).For more information, call Debbie at 237-4494.
The Early History of Moran
by Frank W. Blackmar (1912)
Moran, an incorporated city of the third class in Allen county, is located 12 miles east of Iola, at the junction of the Missouri Pacific and the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railroads. It has an internationl[sic] money order postoffice, from which emanate four rural delivery routes, a bank, a weekly newspaper (the Herald), several good stores, etc. When the Missouri Pacific road was under contemplation the people of Marmaton township voted bonds and the railroad company agreed to establish a station somewhere near the center of the township. It was first known as Moran City, but the first postoffice was called Morantown, the last syllable being dropped in 1900, since which time the place has been called Moran.
Moran is located at 37°54'58N, 95°10'15W (37.916168, -95.170718). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 562 people, 224 households, and 140 families residing in the city. The population density was 516.6/km² (1,351.3/mi²). There were 255 housing units at an average density of 234.4/km² (613.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.44% White, 0.36% African American, 1.96% Native American, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.
There were 224 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,179, and the median income for a family was $37,750. Males had a median income of $25,729 versus $19,028 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,080. About 8.7% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 25.3% of those age 65 or over.