Introduction to Arkansas City, Kansas

Arkansas City, Kansas, in Cowley county, is located 46 miles S of Wichita, Kansas.

Arkansas City History

Arkansas City was founded in 1870, and is located between the Walnut and the Arkansas Rivers and the natives called it "Nichona" which meant a "place between the waters." Arkansas City is named after the Arkansas River. During the early 20th Century, the city had several busy rail lines, a manufacturing base, and a number of fine hotels. Part of the city's economy also depended upon agriculture. Today it is the home to Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC which is renowned for its meat processing. It has many manufacturing companies and also WalMart stores.

Arkansas City and nearby Attractions

  • Chisholm Trail Museum
  • Oklahoma Museum
  • Cowley County Historical Museum
  • Chaplin Nature Center
  • Cherokee Strip and Land Rush Museum

Things To Do In Arkansas City

Tourists can visit the Cherokee Strip and Land Rush Museum which exhibits various historical artifacts and explore the history of the area. At the Chaplin Nature Center there are about 225 species of birds, a wide species of trees like the sycamore and black walnut. You can also watch several reptiles such as the green snake. While in the city you can visit the Redwood Village Shopping Center. The city celebrates festivals like the Cherokee Strip Western Heritage Day, PrairieFest, and Arkalalah every year.

Arkansas City Transportation

Tulsa International Airport provides air transportation facility.

Arkansas City Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued through Cowley County Community College, Wichita State University, Butler County Community College, and Oklahoma State University - Main Campus.


Total Population 12,253
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,184
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,163
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,145


Median Family Income $47,978
% Above Poverty Level 75.8%
% Below Poverty Level 24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $637
Median House Value $66,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 13%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arkansas City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 46 miles S of Wichita, Kansas
County Cowley
Standard Zip Codes 67005
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.061
Longitude -97.038

Arkansas City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station NEWKIRK 1 NW
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 43 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 95 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Distance 46.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Arkansas City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Parkerfield (67005)

Silverdale (67005)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dexter 370 $50,667
Geuda Springs 193 $42,750
Oxford 1,135 $73,929

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arkansas City Public Libraries

Arkansas City Public Library
Arkansas City, Kansas
(620) 442-1280
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Arkansas City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(620) 442-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Arkansas City High Schools

Serves 887 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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