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Overview

Introduction to Atchison, Kansas

Atchison, Kansas, in Atchison county, is located 20 miles SW of St. Joseph, Missouri (center to center) and is 43 miles NW of Kansas City, Missouri.

Atchison History

Atchison is the county seat of Atchison County, and was founded in 1854. It is named after Senator David Rice Atchison who was instrumental in the founding of the city. In April 1855, the first post office of the city was established. In June 1855, freighters selected Atchison as the outfitting point. Atchison was incorporated on August 30, 1855. A flax mill and manufacturing firms were built in the area in the 1860s and 1870s. An important commercial enterprise of the city, the Atchison Foundry and Machine Works, also began around that time.

Atchison and nearby Attractions

  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
  • Atchison County Historical Society Museum
  • Muchnic Art Gallery
  • Lewis and Clark State Park
  • Weston Bend State Park

Things To Do In Atchison

While in the city you can visit the Atchison Rail Museum, Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum, and the Frontier Army Museum. The Albrecht - Kemper Museum of Art has a collection of American Art from the 18th to 20th century. You can also check out the Atchison Mall and the West Atchison Mall. Every year the city hosts the Amelia Earhart Festival, Elks Barbecue State Championship, and Riverbend Art Fair.

Atchison Transportation

One can avail air transportation from Kansas City International Airport.

Atchison Higher Education

Benedictine College, Missouri Western State College, Park University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, and other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,798
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+4,793
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married36.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,888
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,334

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,606
% Above Poverty Level75.6%
% Below Poverty Level24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work12.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36.6%
Median Gross Rent$576
Median House Value$84,700

Ancestry

German31.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.2%
Irish14.7%
English12.8%
Scottish3.8%
French Except Basque3.4%
Italian3%
Norwegian2.8%
Swedish2.2%
Polish2%
Dutch1.7%
Czech1.4%
Swiss1.1%
Welsh0.9%
Finnish0.5%
Austrian0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Russian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
African0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
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Atchison Almanac

CategoryValue
County Atchison County
Standard Zip Codes66002
Phone Area Codes913
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude39.56
Approximate Longitude-95.13

Atchison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationATCHISON
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip37.5 inches
StationST JOSEPH 4 WNW
Distance18.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 37 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp43 to 70 F
Annual Precip35.2 inches
StationHORTON
Distance22.2 miles
Jan Temp16 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 67 F
Jul Temp67 to 91 F
Oct Temp44 to 70 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Denton188$93,750
Easton357$36,250
Effingham585$45,625
Lancaster254$58,750
Nortonville510$59,583

Atchison Public Libraries

Atchison Library
401 KANSAS AVENUE
Atchison, Kansas
(913) 367-1902

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Atchison Hospitals

Atchison Hospital
(Non-profit)
800 Ravin Hill Drive
(913) 360-5581

Atchison Public Schools

Atchison High School
1500 W. Riley St
ZIP: 66002
(913) 367-4162
High
Total Enrollment 418
Atchison Elementary School
825 N 17th Street
ZIP: 66002
(913) 367-1161
Primary
Total Enrollment 866
Atchison Alternative School
215 N 8th Street
ZIP: 66002
(913) 360-6540
Other
Total Enrollment 37
Atchison Middle School
301 N 5th
ZIP: 66002
(913) 367-5363
Middle
Total Enrollment 358

Atchison Private Schools

Maur Hill - Mount Academy
1000 Green St
ZIP: 66002
Secondary
Total Enrollment 184
Atchison Catholic Elementary S
201 Division St
ZIP: 66002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 196
Trinity Lutheran School
611 N 8th St
ZIP: 66002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 102
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