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Riley County, Kansas

Date Established: August 25, 1855
Date Organized:
Location: Kansas map showing location of Riley County
County Seat: Manhattan
Origin of Name: In honor of Maj. Gen. Bennett Riley (1787-1853), who commanded the first military escort along the Santa Fe Trail in 1829.
Cities & Townships
PlacePopulation (2020 census)
Ashland Township  147 
Bala Township  740 
Center Township  81 
Fancy Creek Township  76 
Fort Riley Township  (Defunct)  
Grant Township  870 
Jackson Township  273 
Madison Township  9,432 
Manhattan (city)  54,100 
Manhattan Township  2,190 
May Day Township  86 
Ogden Township  2,029 
Seven Mile Township  (Defunct)  
Sherman Township  585 
Swede Creek Township  204 
Wildcat Township  786 
Zeandale Township  360 
Total population: 71,959 

Township map of Riley County, 2000
Population:
1860 (1,224)
1870 (5,105)
1880 (10,430)
1890 (13,183)
1900 (13,828)
1910 (15,783)
1920 (20,650)
1930 (19,882)
1940 (20,617)
1950 (33,405)
1960 (41,914)
1970 (56,788)
1980 (63,505)
1990 (67,139)
2000 (62,843)
2010 (71,115)
2020 (71,959)
Other Resources: Post offices in Riley County
Cemeteries in Riley County, As of 1906
Newspapers Available on Microfilm
Townships and Independent Cities in Riley County
Bibliography
Kansas Memory
Links to Other Sites: Riley County GenWeb
Early Kansas Maps [KanColl]
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