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Kansas is a town in Delaware County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 802 at the 2010 census.
Kansas is located in southern Delaware County at 36°12′9″N 94°47′42″W (36.202423, -94.795122). U.S. Route 412, the Cherokee Turnpike, bypasses the town to the north, with access from Exit 28 (U.S. Route 59) north of the east end of town. The turnpike leads west 69 miles (111 km) to Tulsa. To the east, US 412 and 59 lead 13 miles (21 km) to the Arkansas border at Siloam Springs. US 59 leads north from the town of Kansas 19 miles (31 km) to Jay, the Delaware County seat. Oklahoma State Highway 10 leads south 29 miles (47 km) to Tahlequah.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 802 people, 231 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 457.7 people per square mile (176.3/km²). There were 260 housing units at an average density of 173.7 per square mile (66.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 45.84% White, 46.42% Native American, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 7.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.
There were 231 households out of which 45.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the town, the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $25,893, and the median income for a family was $26,736. Males had a median income of $19,000 versus $21,771 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,984. About 26.5% of families and 30.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.2% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.
Legend has it a man of small stature came to nearby Siloam Springs, Arkansas, by train from Kansas City, Kansas, rented a shack and stocked it with light household goods, pots and pans, bolts of cloth, and sewing machine parts and needles. He drove out into Indian Territory and stopped at the farm homes along the way. When in the Kansas area, he consistently camped out at the spring on Spring Creek under the hill just south and west of the present town site and south of the present Scenic U.S. 412. Because the Indians in the area could not pronounce his name, he was known as Little Kansas City. Thus, the town of Kansas was named for this unknown, but well remembered man. He may have been the first merchant in what is now Kansas, called "Little Kansas" by many of its residents.
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