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Overview

Introduction to Great Bend, Kansas

Great Bend, Kansas, in Barton county, is located 90 miles NW of Wichita, Kansas.

Great Bend History

The city of Great Bend derived its name from the Great Bend of Arkansas River. The early settlers arrived in Great Bend in the year 1870 and practiced farming for their livelihood. D. N. Heiser and E. J. Dodge made the first settlement in Great Bend township in the year 1871. The land began to be developed after the Civil War by the easterners. Gradually, with the growth of the oil industries, the city emerged as a center of regional trade and service center. Great Bend was an important Army Air Corps training base during World War II. Since the year 1973, Fuller Brush Company has set up its factories here.

Great Bend and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Larned National Historic Site
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site
  • Barton County Historical Society Museum
  • Brit Spaugh Zoo
  • Santa Fe Trail Center

Things To Do In Great Bend

Visitors interested in wild life can take a trip to the Brit Spaugh Zoo. They may also view the facilities provided by the Veterans Memorial Park and Heizer Park. The Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, and First Congregational United Church of Christ are among the beautiful churches in the city. Tourists can also visit the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum. One can enjoy the annual festivals including the Barton County Fair, which is held in the month of July; and Polka Days, which takes place in the month of August.

Great Bend Transportation

Great Bend Muni Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Great Bend Higher Education

Students can avail higher education from Barton County Community College, Fort Hays State University, and Hutchinson Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,741
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+7,287
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married50.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17%
Median Earnings25+$30,062
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,946
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,440

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,141
% Above Poverty Level80.7%
% Below Poverty Level19.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.9%
Median Gross Rent$613
Median House Value$83,000

Ancestry

German34.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.6%
Irish8.6%
English5.8%
Italian2.7%
French Except Basque2.1%
Russian1.7%
Dutch1.4%
Swedish1.2%
Polish1.1%
Scottish1.1%
Czech1%
Welsh0.6%
Austrian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Arab0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Great Bend Almanac

CategoryValue
County Barton County
Standard Zip Codes67530
Phone Area Codes620
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.36
Approximate Longitude-98.8

Great Bend Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGREAT BEND
Distance0.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 42 F
Apr Temp43 to 69 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp45 to 72 F
Annual Precip26.4 inches
StationLARNED
Distance22.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 41 F
Apr Temp40 to 68 F
Jul Temp67 to 93 F
Oct Temp43 to 71 F
Annual Precip24.7 inches
StationSTERLING
Distance32.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 40 F
Apr Temp41 to 67 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp44 to 70 F
Annual Precip29.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Albert176$58,929
Claflin633$71,125
Ellinwood2,332$60,950
Hoisington2,632$56,875
Olmitz157$60,250
Pawnee Rock227$44,375

Great Bend Public Libraries

Great Bend Public Library
1409 WILLIAMS
Great Bend, Kansas
(620) 792-2409

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Great Bend Hospitals

Great Bend Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
514 Cleveland Street
(620) 792-8833

Great Bend Public Schools

Eisenhower Elem
1212 Garfield
ZIP: 67530
(620) 793-1501
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Great Bend High School
2027 Morton
ZIP: 67530
(620) 793-1521
High
Total Enrollment 926
Great Bend Middle School
1919 Harrison
ZIP: 67530
(620) 793-1510
Middle
Total Enrollment 497
Jefferson Elem
2716 24th
ZIP: 67530
(620) 793-1502
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Lincoln Elem
5630 Broadway
ZIP: 67530
(620) 793-1503
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Park Elem
1801 Williams
ZIP: 67530
(620) 793-1505
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Riley Elem
1515 10th
ZIP: 67530
(620) 793-1506
Primary
Total Enrollment 378

Great Bend Private Schools

Central Kansas Christian Academy
215 Mckinley St
ZIP: 67530
Elementary
Total Enrollment 95
Great Bend Sda School
7 Sw 30 Ave
ZIP: 67530
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Holy Family School
4200 Broadway Ave
ZIP: 67530
Elementary
Total Enrollment 175
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