Introduction to Junction City, Kansas

Junction City, Kansas is located 62 miles W of Topeka, Kansas (center to center) and is 96 miles N of Wichita, Kansas. It is in Geary county and has a population of 18,886.

Junction City History

Junction City was known by several names including Manhattan, Millard City, and Humboldt. Finally, it was named Junction City in the year 1857. One of the first industries to be established in the area was Walkers Stone Company. It was one of the first cities to have a kindergarten, which was set up in the year 1927.

Junction City and nearby Attractions

  • Geary County Historical Society
  • Beach Museum of Art
  • Oz Museum
  • Starcke House Museum
  • Cluster hill Golf Club

Things To Do In Junction City

The visitors to the city can enjoy the facilities offered by the Milford State Park, Sertoma Park, and the Coronado Park. Some of the local churches are the Wesleyan Church, Faith Church, and the Highland Church. Tourists can even participate in the local festivals such as the Geary County Fair, and Sundown Salute which are organized evey year.

Junction City Transportation

Manhattan Regional Airport is the nearest airport.

Junction City Higher Education

Students can avail higher education through Kansas State University, Emporia State University, and Washburn University Of Topeka.


Total Population 24,823
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,412
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 56.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,050
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,939
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,618


Median Family Income $49,080
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 26.4%
Median Gross Rent $961
Median House Value $133,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 14%

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

Junction City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 62 miles W of Topeka, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles N of Wichita, Kansas
County Geary
Standard Zip Codes 66441, 66442
Phone Area Codes 785
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.028
Longitude -96.831

Junction 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 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 90 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 32 inches
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 37 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fort Riley (66442)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chapman 1,441 $62,969
Grandview Plaza 2,110 $43,805
Milford 507 $61,250
Ogden 2,010 $33,416

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

Junction City Public Libraries

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Junction City, Kansas
(785) 238-4311
Library Web Site

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Junction City Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(913) 238-4131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Junction City High Schools

Serves 1,555 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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