Profile for Fort Scott, Kansas, KS
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Fort Scott is a city in Bourbon County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Gen. Winfield Scott.
The latitude of Fort Scott is 37.839N. The longitude is -94.708W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 846 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 8,065.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Fort Scott demographic reports
The fort was established in 1842 as a base for the Army's peace-keeping efforts along the frontier.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 48. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 5.9 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Gordon Parks, photographer, writer, film director
· Steve Renko, baseball player
Local festivals include:
- Pioneer Harvest Fiesta - Sept. 28-30, 2007
- Good Ol' Days - June 2-3, 2007
- Downtown Fall Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
- Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering - June 8-10, 2007
- Bourbon County Fair - July 15-21, 2007
- Frontier Days - Sept. 29-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Fort Scott web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Fort Scott National Historic Site, Ralph Richards Museum, Lyons House
Colleges and universities:
Fort Scott Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
24% of Fort Scott residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fort Scott ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fort Scott was $14,997, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Fort Scott residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Fort Scott festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Bourbon County Fair - J
- Good Ol' Days - J
- Frontier Days - S
- Downtown Fall Festival - S
- Pioneer Harvest Fiesta - S
- Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Fort Scott festival web sites:
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Median rent in Fort Scott, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $239. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $590.
Libraries in Fort Scott include Fort Scott Public Library ... View libraries
Bourbon County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Scott political report.
The average commute time for Fort Scott workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Fort Scott include Best Western, Courtland Hotel, Lyons' Victorian Mansion B&B.
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