Great Bend, Kansas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Great Bend, Kansas
Downtown Great Bend (2012)
Downtown Great Bend (2012)
Location within Barton County and Kansas
Location within Barton County and Kansas
KDOT map of Barton County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°21′52″N 98°45′53″W / 38.36444°N 98.76472°W / 38.36444; -98.76472Coordinates: 38°21′52″N 98°45′53″W / 38.36444°N 98.76472°W / 38.36444; -98.76472
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyBarton
Founded1871
Incorporated1872
Area
 • Total10.71 sq mi (27.74 km2)
 • Land10.60 sq mi (27.45 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
Elevation
1,850 ft (564 m)
Population
 • Total15,995
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
15,535
 • Density1,500/sq mi (580/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67530
Area code620
FIPS code20-28300 [4]
GNIS ID0475650 [5]
Websitegreatbendks.net

Great Bend is a city in Barton County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Barton County. It is named for its location at the place where the Arkansas River bends east then southeast.[7] In 2010, 15,995 people lived there.[8]

Geography[change | change source]

Great Bend is at 38°21′52″N 98°45′53″W / 38.36444°N 98.76472°W / 38.36444; -98.76472 (38.3644567, -98.7648073). It has an elevation of 1,850 feet (564 m).[5] It is in central Kansas, and it is at the intersection of U.S. Route 281 and U.S. Route 56. Great Bend is 95 miles (153 km) northwest of Wichita, 235 miles (378 km) west-southwest of Kansas City, and 345 miles (555 km) east-southeast of Denver.[9][10]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 10.71 square miles (27.74 km2). Of that, 10.60 square miles (27.45 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,071
18902,450128.8%
19002,4700.8%
19104,62287.1%
19204,460−3.5%
19305,54824.4%
19409,04463.0%
195012,66540.0%
196016,67031.6%
197016,133−3.2%
198016,6082.9%
199015,427−7.1%
200015,345−0.5%
201015,9954.2%
Est. 201615,535[3]−2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

Education[change | change source]

Primary and secondary education[change | change source]

Great Bend Public Schools (USD 428) has about 3,000 students. It runs eight schools in Great Bend:[11]

Colleges and universities[change | change source]

Barton Community College is a two-year community college. It is about three miles northeast of Great Bend.[12][13]

Media[change | change source]

The Great Bend Tribune is the city's daily newspaper. It makes over 6,200 copies.[14]

Parks and recreation[change | change source]

The city government's Park Department maintains 10 parks in Great Bend.[15]

Culture[change | change source]

Sports[change | change source]

Greyhound racing started in the United States in the bottoms in 1886 during a formal coursing event.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 145.
  8. "American FactFinder 2". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  9. "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  10. "City Distance Tool". Geobytes. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  11. "USD 428 Great Bend". USD 428 Great Bend Public Schools. Archived from the original on January 16, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. "Programs of Study" (PDF). Barton Community College. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 27, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  13. "About Our Campuses". Barton Community College. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. "Great Bend Tribune". Mondo Times. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  15. "Park Department". City of Great Bend. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  16. History of the Greyhound and Greyhound Racing - The Greyhound Review, February 2006

Other websites[change | change source]

City
Schools
Attractions
Historical
Maps