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Great Bend, Kansas - Basic Facts

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The City of Great Bend had a population of 15,726 as of July 1, 2017. Great Bend 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 Great Bend is located at latitude 38.3599 and longitude -98.7995 in Barton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Great Bend (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.6 sq. miles and a water area of 0.11 sq. miles. Barton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,850 feet.

The City of Great Bend (GNIS ID: 485584) 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 Great Bend population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Great Bend: Greatbend.

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Great Bend, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 15,726
Daytime Population: Workers 8,099
Daytime Population: Residents 9,031
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 17,130
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 15,372
Population in Familes 12,032
Population in Group Qrtrs 354
Population Density2 1,483
Diversity Index3 56


Median Household Income $45,930
Average Household Income $61,461
Per Capita Income $25,113


Total Housing Units 7,104 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,024 (56.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,329 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 751 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $86,370
Average Home Value $108,847


Total Households 6,353
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 3,939
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.23% -0.56%
Households -0.28% -0.6%
Families -0.34% -0.68%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.82%

Great Bend, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Great Bend to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 25 96th
Population Density # 115 83rd
Diversity Index # 43 94th
Median Household Income # 423 37th
Per Capita Income # 401 40th

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