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Overview

Introduction to Colby, Kansas

Colby, Kansas is located 201 miles E of Aurora, Colorado. It is in Thomas county.

Colby History

Colby is the county seat of Thomas County, which was founded on October 8, 1885 and was named for George Henry Thomas. The City of Colby was named in honor of J.R. Colby. He was a settler and is credited with having published the first newspaper in the county.

Colby and nearby Attractions

  • Prairie Museum of Art & History
  • Fick Fossil and History Museum
  • Lake Scott State Park

Things To Do In Colby

You can check out the Landmark United Pentecostal Church, Colby Lutheran Church, and the Colby United Methodist Church. One can also visit the Colby/Pioneer Memorial Library. The Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area offers facilities for picnic, camping, and boating. Every year the city also hosts the Pickin' on the Plains Bluegrass Festival in the month of July. It is also home to the Thomas County Fair.

Colby Transportation

One can avail air transportation from Garden City Regional Airport.

Colby Higher Education

Colby Community College, Fort Hays State University, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Barton County Community College offer opportunities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,460
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens14.7%
Employed Population 16+3,160
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married56.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.7%
Median Earnings25+$31,776
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$46,146
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,141

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,438
% Above Poverty Level88.9%
% Below Poverty Level11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time10 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone32.9%
Median Gross Rent$450
Median House Value$109,900

Ancestry

Irish20%
English12.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)6%
Scottish1.8%
Italian1.7%
Swedish1.5%
French Except Basque1.4%
Danishn1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Czech0.8%
Hungarian0.6%
Polish0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
German0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Jamaican0.1%
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Colby Almanac

CategoryValue
County Thomas County
Standard Zip Codes67701
Phone Area Codes785
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.38
Approximate Longitude-101.04

Colby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCOLBY 1 SW
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 39 F
Apr Temp33 to 63 F
Jul Temp61 to 90 F
Oct Temp35 to 68 F
Annual Precip20.7 inches
StationWINONA
Distance25.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 41 F
Apr Temp35 to 65 F
Jul Temp62 to 91 F
Oct Temp38 to 69 F
Annual Precip19.3 inches
StationHOXIE
Distance32.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 40 F
Apr Temp36 to 65 F
Jul Temp63 to 91 F
Oct Temp38 to 69 F
Annual Precip21.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brewster294$48,250
Oakley1,975$62,557
Rexford243$61,250

Colby Public Libraries

Colby/pioneer Memorial Library
375 WEST 4TH STREET
Colby, Kansas
(785) 460-4470

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Colby Hospitals

Citizens Medical Center
(Non-profit)
100 E College Drive
(785) 462-7511
Citizens Medical Center Ltcu
1625 S Franklin Ave

Colby Public Schools

Colby Elem
210 N Grant Ave
ZIP: 67701
(785) 460-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Colby Middle School
750 W Third St
ZIP: 67701
(785) 460-5200
Middle
Total Enrollment 203
Colby Senior High
1890 S Franklin Ave
ZIP: 67701
(785) 460-5300
High
Total Enrollment 336

Colby Private Schools

Heartland Christian School
1995 W 4th St
ZIP: 67701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
Sacred Heart School
1150 W 6th St
ZIP: 67701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
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