Growing a Strategic Future
With a vision of a safe, healthy and thriving Bourbon County
Strengthening the Local Tax Base
Encouraging Rural Revitalization
Bourbon County By the Numbers
Population & Median Income
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bourbon County population in 2018 was 14,653 with a median household income of $42,594.
A prominent daytime population, with many workers commuting to the industrial park with an 18-31% increase.
Cost of Living Index
The cost of living index for Fort Scott is 71.3 (based on a 100 pt. US average, according to Sperling’s Best Places).
Real Personal Income
Bourbon County real personal income has grown 80.1% from 1970-2017, more than the average non-metro Kansas community (69.9%).
Two major highways, 69 and 54, run through Bourbon County. Highway 69, recently expanded to four-lane, averages 13,000 vehicles per day.
Top Industries by Wages Paid
Manufacturing and Education/Health Services represent about 55% of total wages paid in Bourbon County.
A Place Where Many Industries Thrive
Healthcare and Social Assistance
A healthy community is one of Bourbon County’s top priorities. Several healthcare providers serve the Bourbon County community with primary care, emergency department, and many ancillary services.
Nationwide, employment in healthcare services increased 92% from 1990 to 2015. For Bourbon County, in 2017, health services ranked number 3 in terms of employment. Also, in 2017, the health care sector’s impact on retail sales was $19,308,000, county sales tax impact of $270,000, and a total impact of $65,378,000. (Kansas Health Association, 2017)
Just take a stroll down Historic Downtown Fort Scott and you will see the momentum and revitalization! You will fnd shops, retaurants, bars, and housing. Perfectly situated along Highway 69 directly across from the National Fort Scott Historic Site!
Building a Healthier Bourbon County
Learn about the progress being made by the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team!
Bourbon County Economic News
The governing body of Bourbon County will meet for an RNR hearing for the following cemetery's. Please see linked files for details pertaining to individual cemeteries. Barnesville Cemetery Glendale Cemetery Lath Branch Cemetery Rosedale Cemetery
July 6, 2021 Tuesday 9:00 am The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with Commissioner Oharah and Commissioner Harris present, Commissioner Beth arrived at 9:20, the County Counselor and the County Clerk were...
June 29, 2021 Tuesday 9:00 am The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with all three Commissioners, the County Counselor and the County Clerk present. Also present were the following: (some were...