Introduction to Dodge City, Kansas

Dodge City, Kansas, in Ford county, is located 146 miles W of Wichita, Kansas.

Dodge City History

Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County. The community was named after Fort Dodge, which was built in 1865 and was named in honor of Colonel Henry I. Dodge. However, some believe that it was named after Colonel Richard Irving Dodge. The area was first settled in around 1847. In 1871, a rancher called Henry J. Sitler established a sod house in the area. In 1872, the early settlers founded the town of Dodge City in about five miles from Fort Dodge.

Dodge City and nearby Attractions

  • Boot Hill Museum
  • Kansas Heritage Center
  • Santa Fe Depot
  • Fort Larned National Historic Site
  • Meade State Park

Things To Do In Dodge City

While in Dodge City, tourists can visit the Nicodemus National Historic Site. Golf lovers can visit the Mariah Hills Golf Course. One can enjoy shopping at the South gate Shopping Center. You can also visit the Dodge City Public Library. The city of Dodge City hosts the Dodge City Days, Dodgetober Fest, Ford County Fair, and Spring Festival every year.

Dodge City Transportation

Air transportation facility is provided by Dodge City Regional Airport.

Dodge City Higher Education

Dodge City Community College, Fort Hays State University, Barton County Community College, and Hutchinson Community College offer opportunities for higher studies.


Total Population 28,045
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 8.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,926
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 51.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $29,454
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,835
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,077


Median Family Income $51,206
% Above Poverty Level 79.9%
% Below Poverty Level 20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 21.9%
Median Gross Rent $667
Median House Value $97,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 61%
US/American 0%
English 3.3%
Irish 4.9%

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

Dodge City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 146 miles W of Wichita, Kansas
County Ford
Standard Zip Codes 67801, 67843
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.752
Longitude -100.016

Dodge City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 41 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 67 to 93 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 22.3 inches
Station CIMARRON 4 S
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 43 F
Apr Temp 38 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 92 F
Oct Temp 40 to 71 F
Annual Precip 23 inches
Station MEADE
Distance 37.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 45 F
Apr Temp 38 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 94 F
Oct Temp 42 to 73 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fort Dodge (67801, 67843)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cimarron 2,093 $65,921
Ensign 218 $66,250
Ford 281 $58,750
Jetmore 879 $75,109
Minneola 733 $49,545

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

Dodge City Public Libraries

Dodge City Public Library
Dodge City, Kansas
(620) 225-0248
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Dodge City Hospitals

(620) 225-8400
Emergency Service: No

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Dodge City High Schools

Serves 1,694 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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