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Overview

Introduction to Salina, Kansas

Salina, Kansas, in Saline county, is located 80 miles N of Wichita, Kansas.

Salina History

The city was originally settled in 1856 along the Saline and Smoky Hill Rivers. It was founded in 1858 by William A. Phillips. Salina was the westernmost post on Smoky Hill Trail. It was established as a staging post in 1860 for prospectors who were moving to Pikes Peak. It also served as a trading post for the local native tribes.

Salina and nearby Attractions

  • Southgate Shopping Center
  • Thomas Park
  • Smoky Hill Museum
  • Lakewood Park Natural Area

Things To Do In Salina

Tourists in Salina can shop at the Southgate Shopping Center and the Kraft Manor Shopping Center. Several parks in Salina that the residents visit include Sunset Park, Thomas Park, and Oakdale Park. Smoky Hill Museum is popular among the tourists as well. Other attractions of Salina include the Lakewood Park Natural Area, Yesteryear Museum, and the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.

Salina Transportation

Air transportation opportunities are provided by Salina Municipal Airport.

Salina Higher Education

Kansas Wesleyan University and the Brownie Mackie College are located in Salina. Hutchinson Community College and Kansas State University can also be attended in the city.

People

Total Population 47,840
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 23,772
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,102
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,462
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,718

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,916
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $692
Median House Value $117,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 10.4%

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

Salina Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 80 miles N of Wichita, Kansas
County Saline
Standard Zip Codes 67401
P.O. Box Zip Codes 67402
Phone Area Codes 785
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.84
Longitude -97.611

Salina Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SALINA MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 3.4 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
Station ABILENE 1 W
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 94 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches
Station ELLSWORTH
Distance 34.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 92 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 29 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bavaria (67401)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Assaria 504 $65,500
Bennington 772 $55,417
Culver 100 $48,750
Gypsum 378 $45,208
New Cambria 145 $69,000

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

Salina Public Libraries

Library
Salina Public Library
301 W. ELM STREET
Salina, Kansas
(785) 825-4624
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Salina Hospitals

SALINA SURGICAL HOSPITAL LLC
(Proprietary)
401 SOUTH SANTA FE
(785) 827-0610
Emergency Service: No

SALINA REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
400 S SANTA FE
(785) 452-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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785-309-3700
Serves 1,138 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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650 E CRAWFORD
785-309-3500
Serves 1,122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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