Introduction to Chanute, Kansas

Chanute, Kansas, in Neosho county, is located 90 miles SW of Olathe, Kansas (center to center) and is 102 miles E of Wichita, Kansas.

Chanute History

People began to settle in Chanute in around 1856. The town grew after the Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad (LL&G) arrived in the late 1850s. The City of Chanute was incorporated on January 1, 1873. By 1887 it had rain elevators, flour mills, banks and natural gas. Electric utility was established in Chanute by 1903. The city was named in honor of Octave Chanute, the Chief Engineer of the LL&G Railroad.

Chanute and nearby Attractions

  • Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum
  • Norman Number 1 Oil Well and Museum
  • Cross Timbers State Park
  • Mine Creek Battlefield
  • Egeskov Castle
  • Chanute Art Gallery

Things To Do In Chanute

The Egeskov Castle is a beautiful Renaissance water castle. At the Fort Scott National Historic Site you can see around 20 historic structures. You can also check out the Chanute Art Gallery. The Elk City State Park has the facilities for camping and hiking. The city has quite a few churches like the Church of Christ and the Church of Nazarene. Chanute also hosts the festivals of Artist Alley and Mexican Fiesta every year. It also celebrates the annual Osa Johnson Safari Days in the month of April.

Chanute Transportation

Air transport facilities are available from Tulsa International Airport.

Chanute Higher Education

Neosho County Community College, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Emporia State University, and other universities and colleges provide opportunities for higher studies.


Total Population 9,217
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 19%
Employed Population 16+ 4,213
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $45,560
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $579
Median House Value $65,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 15.3%

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

Chanute Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 90 miles SW of Olathe, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles E of Wichita, Kansas
County Neosho
Standard Zip Codes 66720
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.679
Longitude -95.456

Chanute Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Station PARSONS 2 NW
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 33.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 42 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Austin (66720)

Petrolia (66720)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altoona 418 $38,068
Buffalo 312 $51,042
Erie 1,092 $51,429
Galesburg 102 $36,250
Humboldt 1,826 $46,900

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

Chanute Public Libraries

Chanute Public Library
Chanute, Kansas
(620) 431-3820

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Chanute Hospitals

(620) 431-5313
Emergency Service: Yes

Neosho Memorial Medical Center
629 South Plummer
(620) 431-4000 ext. 1553
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Chanute High Schools

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Serves 611 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

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