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  •  Greeley county (9+ / 0-)

    probably has fewer people now than it did in the 19th century, when people were settling there (some of my family went, but none stayed there; some moved west to Colorado, and others went back to southeastern Kansas).

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      AllisonInSeattle, eztempo, RLMiller

      right now Greeley County has more people than it did in the 19th century, but that's mostly because the county was not organized until the late 1880s. I think it was the last county in Kansas to be organized (named after Horace Greeley, "Go West, Young Man"). The population now is estimated at 1,331, but in 1890, which was the only official Census there during the 19th century, it was 1,264. The population peaked in 1960, at 2,087.

      Like johnnygunn said down thread, the population in the more arid parts of the high plains has never been very large to begin with. Most of the large declines in population on the plains have occurred in the areas further to the east, like the central parts of Kansas and Nebraska.

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