Introduction to Liberal, Kansas

Liberal, Kansas, in Seward county, is located 135 miles N of Amarillo, Texas (center to center) and is 202 miles W of Wichita, Kansas. The city has a population of 19,666.

Liberal History

The city of Liberal is the county seat of Seward County, Kansas. The first house of the area was built in 1872 by S.S. Rogers, who was known for her generosity of liberally distributing water to the passers by. Rogers also built a general store which later became the official U.S. post office and named it as "Liberal". Soon a plan of the town was plotted near the post office in the year 1888, which became populated gradually.

Liberal and nearby Attractions

  • Willow Tree Golf Course
  • Arkalon Park
  • Mid - America Air Museum
  • Beaver Dunes State Park
  • Dorothy's House
  • Seward County Museum

Things To Do In Liberal

While staying in Liberal, one can visit the Mid - America Air Museum. Visiting Beaver Dunes State Park can be a wonderful experience as the park also provides camping facilities. For an adventurous experience, tourists can explore the beauty of the Arkalon Park which has ponds, streams, marshes, and three lakes. Facilities for fishing are also available.

Liberal Transportation

Liberal Mid - America Regional Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Liberal Higher Education

Higher education can be persued through Seward County Community College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and Southwest Kansas Technical School.


Total Population 20,819
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 8.3%
Employed Population 16+ 9,781
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.5%
Median Earnings25+ $29,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,966
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,905


Median Family Income $50,064
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 22.8%
Median Gross Rent $665
Median House Value $87,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 5.4%

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

Liberal Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 135 miles N of Amarillo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 202 miles W of Wichita, Kansas
County Seward
Standard Zip Codes 67901
P.O. Box Zip Codes 67905
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.043
Longitude -100.92

Liberal Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 46 F
Apr Temp 39 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 94 F
Oct Temp 43 to 73 F
Annual Precip 19.7 inches
Station HOOKER
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 47 F
Apr Temp 41 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 95 F
Oct Temp 44 to 74 F
Annual Precip 18.3 inches
Distance 30.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kismet 297 $66,875
Moscow 322 $62,708
Plains 1,099 $50,833

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

Liberal Public Libraries

Liberal Memorial Library
Liberal, Kansas
(620) 626-0180
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Liberal Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(620) 624-6291
Emergency Service: Yes

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Liberal High Schools

1611 W 2ND
Serves 1,138 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

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