Introduction to Emporia, Kansas

Emporia, Kansas, in Lyon county, is located 52 miles SW of Topeka, Kansas (center to center) and 7is 9 miles NE of Wichita, Kansas. As of the year 2000 census, 26,760 people resided in Emporia.

Emporia History

The city of Emporia was founded in the year 1857. The name of the city was derived from ancient Carthaginian Africa. In 1953, Emporia became a site of the first Veterans Day observation. The city is famous for the newspaper Emporia Gazette, which was first published by William Allen White in the early 20th century. The first Veterans Day of United States was observed in the city in 1953.

Emporia and nearby Attractions

  • Lyon County Historical Society & Museum
  • Emporia Zoo
  • State Capitol
  • National Teachers Hall of Fame
  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Things To Do In Emporia

While in Emporia, one can visit the beautiful churches like Christian Assembly Church, Church of God in Christ, and Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Lakeview Park, Walnut Park, and the amusement park of the Emporia Miniature Train are among the notable tourist destinations. Visitors may also participate in the local festivals including the Chalk Fest, Flint Hills Beef Fest, and Lyon County Fair that are hosted by the city every year. The visitors to Emporia can also plan a trip to the Geological Museum.

Emporia Transportation

Forbes Field Airport is nearby.

Emporia Higher Education

Higher education is provided by institutions like Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.


Total Population 24,739
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,029
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 39.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,489
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,035
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,723


Median Family Income $43,935
% Above Poverty Level 74.1%
% Below Poverty Level 25.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $595
Median House Value $88,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.1%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 11.8%

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

Emporia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles SW of Topeka, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 79 miles NE of Wichita, Kansas
County Lyon
Standard Zip Codes 66801
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.403
Longitude -96.181

Emporia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station EMPORIA 3 NW
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 34.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Admire 128 $41,875
Americus 841 $60,625
Hartford 384 $59,167
Neosho Rapids 195 $48,750
Olpe 595 $56,136
Reading 298 $39,375

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

Emporia Public Libraries

Emporia Public Library
Emporia, Kansas
(620) 342-6524
Library Web Site

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Emporia Hospitals

(Government - Local)
1201 W 12TH AVE
(620) 343-6800
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(620) 342-8822
Emergency Service: No

Newman Hospital
12th and Chestnut
(620) 343-6800 ext. 1599
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Emporia High Schools

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Serves 1,609 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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