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Overview

Introduction to Colby, Kansas

Colby, Kansas is located 201 miles E of Aurora, Colorado. It is in Thomas county, and has a population of 5,450.

Colby History

Colby is the county seat of Thomas County, which was founded on October 8, 1885 and was named for George Henry Thomas. The City of Colby was named in honor of J.R. Colby. He was a settler and is credited with having published the first newspaper in the county.

Colby and nearby Attractions

  • Prairie Museum of Art & History
  • Fick Fossil and History Museum
  • Lake Scott State Park

Things To Do In Colby

You can check out the Landmark United Pentecostal Church, Colby Lutheran Church, and the Colby United Methodist Church. One can also visit the Colby/Pioneer Memorial Library. The Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area offers facilities for picnic, camping, and boating. Every year the city also hosts the Pickin' on the Plains Bluegrass Festival in the month of July. It is also home to the Thomas County Fair.

Colby Transportation

One can avail air transportation from Garden City Regional Airport.

Colby Higher Education

Colby Community College, Fort Hays State University, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Barton County Community College offer opportunities for higher education.

People

Total Population 5,411
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,963
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 51.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.9%
Median Earnings25+ $34,333
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,932
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,841

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,606
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 9 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $434
Median House Value $99,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.6%
US/American 0%
English 15.3%
Irish 14.9%

Colby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 201 miles E of Aurora, Colorado
County Thomas
Standard Zip Codes 67701
Phone Area Codes 785
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.395
Longitude -101.051

Colby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station COLBY 1 SW
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 39 F
Apr Temp 33 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 90 F
Oct Temp 35 to 68 F
Annual Precip 20.7 inches
Station WINONA
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 41 F
Apr Temp 35 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 91 F
Oct Temp 38 to 69 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Station HOXIE
Distance 32.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 40 F
Apr Temp 36 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 91 F
Oct Temp 38 to 69 F
Annual Precip 21.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brewster 293 $61,250
Oakley 1,939 $64,118
Rexford 313 $53,438

Colby Public Libraries

Library
Colby/pioneer Memorial Library
375 WEST 4TH STREET
Colby, Kansas
(785) 462-4470

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1890 S FRANKLIN
785-460-5300
Serves 377 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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