Introduction to Great Bend, Kansas

Great Bend, Kansas, in Barton county, is located 90 miles NW of Wichita, Kansas. There are approximately 15,345 people in the city.

Great Bend History

The city of Great Bend derived its name from the Great Bend of Arkansas River. The early settlers arrived in Great Bend in the year 1870 and practiced farming for their livelihood. D. N. Heiser and E. J. Dodge made the first settlement in Great Bend township in the year 1871. The land began to be developed after the Civil War by the easterners. Gradually, with the growth of the oil industries, the city emerged as a center of regional trade and service center. Great Bend was an important Army Air Corps training base during World War II. Since the year 1973, Fuller Brush Company has set up its factories here.

Great Bend and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Larned National Historic Site
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site
  • Barton County Historical Society Museum
  • Brit Spaugh Zoo
  • Santa Fe Trail Center

Things To Do In Great Bend

Visitors interested in wild life can take a trip to the Brit Spaugh Zoo. They may also view the facilities provided by the Veterans Memorial Park and Heizer Park. The Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, and First Congregational United Church of Christ are among the beautiful churches in the city. Tourists can also visit the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum. One can enjoy the annual festivals including the Barton County Fair, which is held in the month of July; and Polka Days, which takes place in the month of August.

Great Bend Transportation

Great Bend Muni Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Great Bend Higher Education

Students can avail higher education from Barton County Community College, Fort Hays State University, and Hutchinson Community College.


Total Population 15,850
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,047
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 48%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,820
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,310
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,119


Median Family Income $46,920
% Above Poverty Level 80.9%
% Below Poverty Level 19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $600
Median House Value $79,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 10.3%

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

Great Bend Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 90 miles NW of Wichita, Kansas
County Barton
Standard Zip Codes 67530
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.364
Longitude -98.764

Great Bend Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 26.4 inches
Station LARNED
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 93 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 24.7 inches
Distance 32.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 40 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Dundee (67530)

Heizer (67530)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albert 166 $59,219
Claflin 606 $70,795
Ellinwood 2,520 $54,375
Hoisington 2,666 $53,750
Olmitz 138 $53,125
Pawnee Rock 221 $44,375

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

Great Bend Public Libraries

Great Bend Public Library
Great Bend, Kansas
(620) 792-2409
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Great Bend Hospitals

(620) 792-8833
Emergency Service: No

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(620) 792-2511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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