Republic County Facts

Republic County is located in North Central Kansas along the Nebraska border. Republic County hosts the junction of US Highway 81 and US Highway 36, giving easy accessibility to most of the United States.

Republic County is home to many unique businesses, centered around our rich agricultural culture. Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, and Agribusiness industries make up the highest traded clusters in the county. Republic County is also part of the North Central Kansas Region, increasing access to skilled workforce, extensive industry and superior markets.

Overview

Population

Republic County, Kansas
Population estimates, July 1, 2016, (V2016) 4,699
PEOPLE
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2016, (V2016) 4,699
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2016) 4,980
Population, percent change – April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2016, (V2016) -5.6%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 4,980
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2016, (V2016) 2,890
Housing units, April 1, 2010 2,877
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2011-2015 78.5%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015 $48,900
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2011-2015 $913
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2011-2015 $343
Median gross rent, 2011-2015 $474
Building permits, 2016 0
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2011-2015 2,275
Persons per household, 2011-2015 2.07
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2011-2015 91.2%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2011-2015 2.5%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-2015 92.8%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-2015 20.0%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2011-2015 8.3%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent

10.7%

Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-2015 64.3%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-2015 58.8%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 16,797
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 180,995
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 48,203
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $9,922
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2011-2015 15.4
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2015 dollars), 2011-2015 $40,449
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2015 dollars), 2011-2015 $25,317
Persons in poverty, percent

11.2%

BUSINESSES
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2015 189
Total employment, 2015 1,440
Total annual payroll, 2015 ($1,000) 38,299
Total employment, percent change, 2014-2015 3.2%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2015 420
All firms, 2012 554
Men-owned firms, 2012 316
Women-owned firms, 2012 149
Minority-owned firms, 2012 F
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 531
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 F
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 518
GEOGRAPHY
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 6.9
Land area in square miles, 2010 717.37
FIPS Code 20157

 

Largest Employers

Republic County
Republic County Hospital
City of Belleville
USD #109 – Republic County
USD #426 – Pike Valley – Courtland/Scandia
Reinke Manufacturing – Belleville
Lambert Vet Supply – Belleville
Scott Specialties – Belleville
Premium Feeders  – Scandia
Nesika Energy / Butamax – Scandia
Rolling Hills Electric Co-Op
KDOT – Belleville
Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District – Courtland
Bestifor Hay / Larsons of Kansas – Belleville/rural Scandia
ProHoe – Munden

*Source Republic County Economic Development Corporation

Republic County 3.4

 

The table below shows estimated average wage information REPUBLIC COUNTY, Kansas for the 1st quarter, 2017.
Area Name Total Average Employment *Average Hourly Wage Average Weekly Wage *Average Annual Wage
REPUBLIC COUNTY, Kansas 1,950 $13.23 $529 $27,508
Kansas 1,359,731 $22.20 $888 $46,176
The table below shows preliminary estimated labor force, employment and unemployment information in REPUBLIC COUNTY, Kansas for July, 2017. These figures are not seasonally adjusted.
Area Name Civilian Labor Force Number Employed Number Unemployed Unemployment Rate Preliminary Data
REPUBLIC COUNTY 2,535 2,446 89 3.5% Yes
Kansas 1,504,191 1,439,519 64,672 4.3% Yes
The table below shows the distribution of industries in REPUBLIC COUNTY, Kansas for the 1st quarter, 2017.
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Rank
Industry Sector
Establishments
Employees
1 Total, all industries 224 1,950
2 Health Care and Social Assistance 18 346
3 Retail Trade (44 & 45) 31 208
4 Manufacturing (31-33) 9 199
5 Wholesale Trade 20 181
6 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 17 94
7 Accommodation and Food Services 10 93
8 Construction 10 88
9 Finance and Insurance 15 74
10 Other Services (except Public Admin.) 12 44

Labor Force for Republic County, KS

Labor Force Annual Averages in 2016 Number Rank in U.S. % of U.S. U.S.
Total Labor Force
5-Year % Change
10-Year % Change
2,552
-4.9 %
-6.5 %
2,785
2,212
1,995
0.0 %

159,187,000
0.0 %
5.1 %
Employed
5-Year % Change
10-Year % Change
2,478
-4.0 %
-5.8 %
2,771
2,593
1,906
0.0 %

151,436,000
8.3 %
4.9 %
Unemployed
5-Year % Change
10-Year % Change
74
-28.2 %
-24.5 %
2,915
611
2,779
0.0 %

7,751,000
-43.6 %
10.7 %
Unemployment Rate
5-Year % Change
10-Year % Change
2.9
-23.7 %
-19.4 %
2,948
499
2,678
59.2 %

4.9
-44.9 %
6.5 %

Workforce Commuter figures from www.onthemap.ces.census.gov/

Commuter Changes 2002-2014

  • Total workers employed in county +1.7% (1,824 – 1,856)
  • Total workers living in county +5.5% (2,265 – 2,390)
  • Employed in county but living outside +51% (444 – 674)
  • Employed and living inside the county -14% (1,380 – 1,182)
  • Employed outside but living inside +36% (885 – 1,208)

 

Republic County Quick Facts

  • Republic County  has 716.38 sq. miles in land area
  • Population density of 8.1 people per square mile
  • 13.42% of our workforce comes from outside Republic County
  • About 88% of the population over age 25 has at least a high school degree
  • Average travel time is 15.4 minutes for workers 16 years and over

*Source U.S. Census Bureau

Republic County Transportation

Major Highways

  • Hwy 81
  • Hwy 36
  • Hwy 148
  • Over-the-road intrastate and interstate trucking services with local terminal available

 Air Transportation

  • Belleville Municipal Airport, Belleville, Kansas
  • Lincoln Municipal Airport -120 miles, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Kansas City International Airport – 190 miles, Kansas City, MO
  • Wichita Mid-Continent Airport – 160 miles, Wichita, KS

Railroad serving North Central Kansas

  • Kyle Railroad
  • Central Kansas Railway,
  • Union Pacific
  • Missouri Pacific and Santa Fe

Bus Lines/Ground Transportation

 

Forget India, Outsource in Republic County, Kansas
“Dubbed “rural sourcing,” “rural outsourcings” and “onshoring,” the practice relies on two simple premises: Smaller towns need jobs, and they offer a cheaper cost of living than urban centers. So businesses that oursource work to these can expect to pay less — rates are often as much as 25% to 50% lower — than if they were hiring urbanites with comparable skills” – from “Forget India, outsource to Arkansas”
Contact RCEDC for more information on outsourcing opportunities.