Introduction to Fort Scott, Kansas

Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon county, is located 72 miles S of Olathe, Kansas (center to center) and is 87 miles S of Kansas City, Missouri. The city has a population of 8,297.

Fort Scott History

In the years 1842 - 1853, the U.S Army established the Fort Scott. The fort buildings were purchased by the local settlers, once they were abandoned by the army. Thus, the former military post turned into the center of a town in the Kansas Territory. Fort Scott became a U.S Army district Headquarters, during the Civil Wars. Post the Civil War, the Fort Scott turned into one of the largest city in Kansas. Fort Scott has emerged as an small industrial, agricultural, and insurance center through the years.

Fort Scott and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site
  • Ralph Richards Museum
  • Lyons House
  • Fort Scott museums
  • Bushwhacker Museum

Things To Do In Fort Scott

Visitors to the city may take a trip of the Bushwhacker Museum, which has a collection that relates to the history of Confederate guerrillas. They can also enjoy the local festivals like the Bourbon County Fair, which is held in the month of July; or participate in the Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering, which takes place around the month of June every year. One can also organize picnics and enjoy some physical activities in the Gunn Park.

Fort Scott Transportation

Kansas City International Airport is the nearest international airport.

Fort Scott Higher Education

Institution like Fort Scott Community College and Pittsburg State University offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 7,893
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 19%
Employed Population 16+ 3,453
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $41,573
% Above Poverty Level 78.3%
% Below Poverty Level 21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $585
Median House Value $67,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.2%
US/American 0%
English 12.8%
Irish 8.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Scott Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 72 miles S of Olathe, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles S of Kansas City, Missouri
County Bourbon
Standard Zip Codes 66701
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.839
Longitude -94.708

Fort Scott Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches
Station LAMAR
Distance 33.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fort Scott, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Devon (66701)

Hiattville (66701)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcadia 454 $31,389
Fulton 137 $26,250
Hepler 137 $34,375
Prescott 238 $33,393
Redfield 81 $50,833

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Scott Public Libraries

Fort Scott Public Library
Fort Scott, Kansas
(620) 223-2882

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Fort Scott Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(316) 223-7057
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Scott High Schools

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Serves 649 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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