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Hays, Kansas - Basic Facts

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The City of Hays had a population of 21,128 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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


Total Population 21,128
Daytime Population: Workers 13,973
Daytime Population: Residents 9,490
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 23,463
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 20,222
Population in Familes 13,694
Population in Group Qrtrs 906
Population Density2 2,634
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $47,985
Average Household Income $62,925
Per Capita Income $27,034


Total Housing Units 9,541 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,841 (50.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,103 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 597 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $165,357
Average Home Value $180,390


Total Households 8,944
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 4,725
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 0.42% 0.34%
Households 0.39% 0.32%
Families 0.27% 0.2%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   1.77%

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, 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 # 21 97th
Population Density # 12 98th
Diversity Index # 143 79th
Median Household Income # 384 43rd
Per Capita Income # 268 60th

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