Introduction to McPherson, Kansas

McPherson, Kansas, in McPherson county, is located 50 miles N of Wichita, Kansas. As of the year 2000 census, 13,770 people resided in McPherson.

McPherson History

The city of in McPherson is the county seat of McPherson County. The city was founded in the year 1872 and was named after James Birdseye McPherson, a Union General in the Civil War who was killed in 1864. The city has been laid by the McPherson Town Company and the Articles of Incorporation was signed on May 28, 1872. It was by the year 1888, the community started developing and major industries started building up including a large flour mill, an insurance company headquarter, and an oil refinery.

McPherson and nearby Attractions

  • McPherson Water Park
  • Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
  • McPherson Museum
  • Kanopolis State Park
  • McPherson Valley Wetlands

Things To Do In McPherson

One can enjoy camping, fishing, and swimming at the Kanopolis State Park. You can also visit the McPherson Opera House, a three - story architectural showpiece built in 1888 with a sitting capacity of 900 people. The McPherson Valley Wetlands and Kanopolis State Park are also worth visiting. The city also hosts several festivals like the Scottish Festival every year.

McPherson Transportation

Air transport is available from Kansas City International Airport.

McPherson Higher Education

McPherson College, Kansas Wesleyan University, Hutchinson Community College, Central and Christian College of Kansas are some of the colleges that offer higher studies to the residents of McPherson.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

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

Mcpherson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 50 miles N of Wichita, Kansas
County McPherson
Standard Zip Codes 67460
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.37
Longitude -97.663

Mcpherson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 92 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches
Station NEWTON 2 SW
Distance 27.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Distance 30.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Conway (67460)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canton 827 $62,188
Galva 903 $62,708
Inman 1,303 $60,313
Lindsborg 3,441 $76,741

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

Mcpherson Public Libraries

Mcpherson Public Library
Mcpherson, Kansas
(620) 245-2570
Library Web Site

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Mcpherson Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(316) 241-2250
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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