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Hays, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Hays had a population of 20,639 as of July 1, 2019. 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 38.8792 and longitude -99.3268 in Ellis County. The formal boundaries for the City of Hays 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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Hays, KS Housing Affordability Index is 124
State of Kansas Housing Affordability Index is 158
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Hays, KS Wealth Index is 62
State of Kansas Wealth Index is 85
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 20,639 (100%)
Population in Households 19,733 (95.6%)
Population in Families 13,329 (64.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 906 ( 4.4%)
Population Density 2,461
Diversity Index2 28
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $46,695
Average Household Income $64,612
Per Capita Income $27,762
Wealth Index4 62

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 9,542 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,009 (52.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,794 (39.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 739 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $175,139
Housing Affordability Index3 124
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 8,803
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 4,645
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.08% -0.08%
Households 0.15% -0.05%
Families 0.02% -0.14%
Median Household Income   1.96%
Per Capita Income   2.22%

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, 2019 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 # 16 98th
Diversity Index # 149 78th
Median Household Income # 453 33rd
Per Capita Income # 245 64th

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