Hays, America is a university community of 20,000 people located half way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. We are the regional hub of Northwest Kansas for retail, education, medical service, entertainment, and recreation. Ellis County has the largest retail pull factor in the state. Our downtown is being revitalized with unique shops and entertainment and the north side of town is expanding with additional retail offerings. We have a very diversified mix of businesses in the area although agriculture and oil are still major parts of the regional economy. The Hays Regional Airport offers two commercial flights each day to both Denver and Kansas City. And, according to recent rankings by Progressive Farmer, E-Podunk, and BizJournal; Hays, America has a great quality of life. We happen to agree.
THE BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN KANSAS - Hays is #2!!
The Best Cities in Kansas for Young Families
Families choose a place to settle down that offers opportunities in the job market and a good education for their kids. With that in mind, we asked the following questions as we analyzed cities and towns across Kansas to identify the best for young families:
- Does the city have good public schools? We measured schools’ academic performance with ratings from GreatSchools. This non-profit compares a given school’s standardized test scores to the state average to obtain a rating on a 1 to 10 scale (10 representing the highest score). Higher ratings led to a higher overall score.
- Can you afford to live there? We looked at both median home values in each city and ongoing monthly home costs, including mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuel and other bills. Lower costs led to a higher overall score.
- Is the city growing and prospering? We assessed a city’s economy by looking at median household income and income growth over the last decade. Higher income and greater growth led to a higher overall score.
The Top 10 are:
2. Hays - Hays is the seat of Ellis County and the largest city in northwestern Kansas, with a population of 20,000. The city is also the retail, education, entertainment and medical center of the region, with Fort Hays State University and a large regional hospital. Unemployment here is extremely low, too, at 3.4 percent.
3. Spring Hill
6. De Soto
8. Overland Park
To learn more about how these towns made our list, check out the link below, which includes a detailed methodology.
ADDITIONAL WEBSITE LINKS TO THE AREA:
Hays USA - Information for everyone. Information on events, history, business, and more available at Hays USA.
Discover Hays - Provides links to local websites that have information on recreation, news, government, health, education, and more!
Hays Daily News - Official website of our local news paper, the Hays Daily News.
Hays Recreation Commission - Official site of our local recreation commission. Provides information such as events, schedules, and more!
Ellis County - Official Ellis County website. Provides all the information concerning local government, law enforcement, and more!
City of Ellis - Official site of the City of Ellis where you can find tons of information on everything from jobs and community information to attractions and events.
City of Victoria - Official site of the City of Victoria where you will find information on local businesses, churches, events, and more.
Ellis County Coalition - Official site of the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development where you will find information and links regarding businesses.
KS HR Partners - An association of government employers pooling their resources to provide convenient access to information regarding employment opportunities.
Fort Hays State University - If you are looking for a position on the Fort Hays State University campus or in the Hays community, the following employment links will point you in the right direction.