Hays, KS Profile: Facts & Data


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Hays, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Hays had a population of 20,967 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Hays, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 20,967
Population in Households 20,060
Population in Familes 13,671
Population in Group Qrtrs 907
Population Density2 2,614
Diversity Index3 27


Median Household Income $46,391
Average Household Income $60,835
Per Capita Income $26,173


Total Housing Units 9,565 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,220 (54.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,674 (38.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 671 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $163,190
Average Home Value $184,974


Total Households 8,894
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 4,688
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.28% 0.15%
Households 0.28% 0.16%
Families 0.14% 0.03%
Median Household Income   0.11%
Per Capita Income   0.66%

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, 2018 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 # 21 97th
Population Density # 12 98th
Diversity Index # 151 77th
Median Household Income # 415 38th
Per Capita Income # 299 56th

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