Introduction to Garden City, Kansas

Garden City, Kansas, in Finney county, is located 194 miles W of Wichita, Kansas. There are 28,451 residents in the city.

Kansas History

The city of Kansas was founded by the Fulton brothers. The town site of Garden City was originally laid out on the southern half of the 18th section by engineer Chas. Van Trump. The first settlers encouraged others to settle at Garden city. The city derived its name from the fine garden of Fulton yard. The actual settlements were first made near the city in the year 1878. In the following year, garden city got the recognition of a town - to - be. A railway station was also set up in the city in 1879.

Kansas and nearby Attractions

  • Finney County Historical Society Museum
  • Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo
  • Garden Bowl
  • Southwind Country Club
  • Golden Locket Golf Course

Things To Do In Kansas

Lee Richardson Zoo is one of the most well - known tourist’s attractions of Garden City. Visitors can see the world’s largest hand - dug swimming pool here. Garden City Plaza is also famous for the various shopping destination of the city. Golf lovers may also enjoy visiting the Golden Locket Golf Course. One can also enjoy the recreational facilities offered by the Finnup Park.

Kansas Transportation

Garden City Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Kansas Higher Education

Higher education is offered by institutions including Garden City Community College, Fort Hays State University, and Barton County Community College.


Total Population 27,007
Male Share of the Population 51.6%
Female Share of the Population 48.4%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 13,228
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 49.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $30,814
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,508
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,684


Median Family Income $53,079
% Above Poverty Level 82.7%
% Below Poverty Level 17.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $703
Median House Value $116,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 7.8%

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

Garden City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 194 miles W of Wichita, Kansas
County Finney
Standard Zip Codes 67846, 67868
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.971
Longitude -100.872

Garden 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 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 43 F
Apr Temp 37 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 92 F
Oct Temp 39 to 71 F
Annual Precip 18.7 inches
Station CIMARRON 4 S
Distance 32.4 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
Distance 33.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 43 F
Apr Temp 37 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 91 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 19.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Pierceville (67868)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Deerfield 742 $49,205
Holcomb 2,434 $75,074
Ingalls 311 $80,179
Lakin 2,028 $64,762

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

Garden City Public Libraries

Finney County Public Library
Garden City, Kansas
(620) 272-3680
Library Web Site

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Garden City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(316) 272-2222
Emergency Service: Yes

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Garden City High Schools

1412 N MAIN
Serves 1,985 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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