Introduction to Parsons, Kansas

Parsons, Kansas, in Labette county, is located 91 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city has a population of 11,514.

Parsons History

Parsons was named in honor of Levi Parsons, the president of Missouri - Kansas - Texas (Katy) Railroad. It was established in 1870 and was incorporated in 1871. At the time of World War II, Parson housed the Kansas Ordnance Plant. Later this plant functioned as the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant.

Parsons and nearby Attractions

  • Glenwood Park
  • Oswego Historical Museum
  • Glenwood Park
  • Belmont Square

Things To Do In Parsons

Residents of Parsons love to shop at the Belmont Square shopping center. Oswego Historical Museum is a fascinating place that takes you through a historical tour. There are many parks that tourists love to visit including the Forest Park, Glenwood Park, and Lopez Park. One can also take a stroll by the Tolen Creek. Katy Days festival is held in Parsons every year in the month of May.

Parsons Transportation

Tulsa International Airport is the nearest international airport.

Parsons Higher Education

Labette Community College is located in Parsons. Other higher education institutes which can be conveniently attended from Parsons include Pittsburg State University, Missouri Southern State College, University of Tulsa, and Tulsa Community College.


Total Population 10,223
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,511
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 42.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.5%
Median Earnings25+ $26,587
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,139
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,074


Median Family Income $43,776
% Above Poverty Level 77.9%
% Below Poverty Level 22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $556
Median House Value $55,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.7%
US/American 0%
English 15.9%
Irish 16.2%

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

Parsons Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 91 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Labette
Standard Zip Codes 67357
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.34
Longitude -95.26

Parsons Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PARSONS 2 NW
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 42 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Station MIAMI
Distance 37.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 45 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altamont 1,206 $54,875
Galesburg 102 $36,250
McCune 510 $36,563
Mound Valley 452 $56,250
Oswego 1,847 $44,458

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

Parsons Public Libraries

Parsons Public Library
311 S. 17TH
Parsons, Kansas
(620) 421-5920
Library Web Site

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Parsons Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(316) 421-4880
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 575 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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