Hays, KS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Hays, Kansas - Basic Facts

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The City of Hays had a population of 21,445 as of July 1, 2016. Hays ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Hays is located at latitude 38.8805 and longitude -99.3212 in Ellis County. The formal boundaries for the City of Hays (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.02 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Ellis County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 2,021 feet.

The City of Hays (GNIS ID: 485589) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Hays population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hays: Big Creek Station, Hays City.

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Hays, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 21,445
Population in Households 20,538
Population in Familes 13,978
Population in Group Qrtrs 907
Population Density1 2,674
Diversity Index2 27


Total Households 9,002
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 4,790
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,597 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,808 (50.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,193 (43.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 595 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $167,216
Average Home Value $183,462


Median Household Income $43,940
Average Household Income $59,485
Per Capita Income $25,368
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.73% 0.54%
Households 0.56% 0.43%
Families 0.53% 0.37%
Median Household Income   3.34%
Per Capita Income   1.98%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Hays, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hays to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 20 97th
Population Density1 # 11 99th
Diversity Index2 # 150 78th
Median Household Income # 423 37th
Per Capita Income # 301 55th

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