Introduction to Hays, Kansas

Hays, Kansas, in Ellis county, is located 135 miles NW of Wichita, Kansas. There are approximately 20,013 people residing in the city.

Hays History

Hays was incorporated in the year 1867. The city was initially a lawless and wild town. However, it gradually changed into a serving point due to the arrival of the immigrants. The Germans were the early immigrants in Hays who found the land suitable for farming. The Volga - German settlers first arrived in the city in the year 1876.

Hays and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Hays State Historic Site
  • Walter P. Chrysler House
  • Ellis County Historical Society Musem
  • Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course

Things To Do In Hays

Visitors to the city can take a look around the Hays Miniature Golf & Batting Cages. The parks like Cedar Bluff State Park, Sunrise Park, and Ekey Park offer facilities for camping, boating, swimming, and fishing. Golf lovers may also visit the Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course. Hays also hosts several recreational programs all through the year.

Hays Transportation

Hays Regional Airport is the nearest airport.

Hays Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are offered by Fort Hays State University, Barton County Community College, and Hutchinson Community College.


Total Population 20,992
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 11,812
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 40.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $62,780
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $636
Median House Value $157,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 10.6%

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

Hays Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 135 miles NW of Wichita, Kansas
County Ellis
Standard Zip Codes 67601
P.O. Box Zip Codes 67667
Phone Area Codes 785
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.879
Longitude -99.326

Hays Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station HAYS 1 S
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 92 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 22.6 inches
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 40 to 68 F
Annual Precip 24.7 inches
Distance 31.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 93 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 23.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Antonino (67601)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ellis 2,120 $62,548
Gorham 351 $56,250
La Crosse 1,295 $56,136
McCracken 195 $42,500

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

Hays Public Libraries

Hays Public Library
1205 MAIN ST.
Hays, Kansas
(785) 625-9014
Library Web Site

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Hays Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(785) 623-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hays High Schools

2300 E 13TH
Serves 1,071 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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