Hutchinson, Kansas

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Hutchinson, Kansas
Reno County Courthouse (2008)
Reno County Courthouse (2008)
Nickname(s): 
The Salt City, Hutch
Location within Reno County and Kansas
Location within Reno County and Kansas
KDOT map of Reno County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°3′39″N 97°55′47″W / 38.06083°N 97.92972°W / 38.06083; -97.92972Coordinates: 38°3′39″N 97°55′47″W / 38.06083°N 97.92972°W / 38.06083; -97.92972[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyReno
Founded1871
Incorporated1872
Area
 • Total22.75 sq mi (58.92 km2)
 • Land22.69 sq mi (58.77 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation1,535 ft (468 m)
Population
 • Total42,080
 • Estimate 
(2016)[4]
41,310
 • Density1,800/sq mi (710/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67501-67502
Area code620
FIPS code20-33625 [1]
GNIS ID0477947 [1]
WebsiteHutchGov.com

Hutchinson is the biggest city and county seat in Reno County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is on the Arkansas River. In 2010, 42,080 people lived there.[5]

History[change | change source]

1880s Hutchinson

Hutchinson was created in 1871. It banned alcohol, and people called it the "Temperance City".[6] It officially became a city in August 1872.[7]

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a railroad from Herington through Hutchinson to Pratt.[8]

Also in 1887, local salt deposits were found. Salt mining would become a big industry in Hutchinson. The city eventually got the nickname "Salt City".[9]

Geography[change | change source]

Hutchinson is at 38°3′39″N 97°55′47″W / 38.06083°N 97.92972°W / 38.06083; -97.92972 (38.0608445, -97.9297743) at an elevation of 1,535 feet (468 m).[1]

Hutchinson is on the northeast bank of the Arkansas River in the Great Bend Sand Prairie region of the Great Plains.[10] Cow Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River, goes southeast through the city.[11]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 22.75 square miles (58.92 km2). Of that, 22.69 square miles (58.77 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.[2]

Weather[change | change source]

Hutchinson has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa). It is almost a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa). It has hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters.

Climate data for Hutchinson, Kansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
84
(29)
89
(32)
98
(37)
102
(39)
110
(43)
110
(43)
111
(44)
108
(42)
95
(35)
88
(31)
76
(24)
112
(44)
Average high °F (°C) 43
(6)
48
(9)
58
(14)
68
(20)
77
(25)
87
(31)
92
(33)
91
(33)
83
(28)
70
(21)
56
(13)
44
(7)
68
(20)
Daily mean °F (°C) 31
(−1)
36
(2)
46
(8)
55
(13)
66
(19)
75
(24)
80
(27)
79
(26)
70
(21)
57
(14)
44
(7)
33
(1)
56
(13)
Average low °F (°C) 20
(−7)
24
(−4)
33
(1)
42
(6)
54
(12)
63
(17)
68
(20)
66
(19)
57
(14)
44
(7)
32
(0)
22
(−6)
44
(7)
Record low °F (°C) −16
(−27)
−19
(−28)
−6
(−21)
16
(−9)
28
(−2)
42
(6)
46
(8)
46
(8)
29
(−2)
12
(−11)
1
(−17)
−18
(−28)
−19
(−28)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.70
(18)
1.08
(27)
2.70
(69)
2.83
(72)
4.36
(111)
3.97
(101)
3.70
(94)
2.97
(75)
3.02
(77)
2.43
(62)
1.56
(40)
1.00
(25)
30.32
(771)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3.5
(8.9)
2.9
(7.4)
2.5
(6.4)
0.6
(1.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.6
(4.1)
2.1
(5.3)
13.2
(34)
Source: Weatherbase[12]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,540
18908,682463.8%
19009,3798.0%
191016,36474.5%
192023,29842.4%
193027,08516.3%
194030,01310.8%
195033,57511.9%
196037,57411.9%
197036,885−1.8%
198040,2849.2%
199039,308−2.4%
200040,7873.8%
201042,0803.2%
Est. 201641,310[4]−1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010 Census[change | change source]

In 2010, there were 42,080 people, 16,981 households, and 10,352 families living in Hutchinson.[3]

Government[change | change source]

Hutchinson is a city of the first class with a council-manager form of government.[14]

Hutchinson is the county seat of Reno County, so it is the administrative center of Reno County. The county courthouse is downtown, and all departments of the county government have their operations in the city.[15]

Hutchinson is in Kansas's 1st U.S. Congressional District. In the Kansas Legislature, Hutchinson is in the 34th district of the Kansas Senate. It is in the 102nd, 104th, and 114th districts of the Kansas House of Representatives.[14]

Infrastructure[change | change source]

Transportation[change | change source]

Reno County Area Transit (RCAT) provides local public transport bus service. It has three bus routes. The routes are colored Red, Blue, and Yellow.[16] Greyhound Lines offers long-distance bus service on its route through Hutchinson from Wichita to Pueblo. Bus service is provided daily towards Wichita and Salina by BeeLine Express (subcontractor of Greyhound Lines).[17][18]

Three railroads go through Hutchinson. One is the La Junta Subdivision of the BNSF Railway. It runs east–west through the city.[19] Amtrak uses the La Junta Subdivision to give passenger rail service. Hutchinson is a stop on the Southwest Chief. It provides daily train service between Chicago and Los Angeles. Another railroad is the Tucumcari Line of the Union Pacific Railroad. It runs northeast–southwest through the city.[20] Lastly, Hutchinson is the end point of two lines of the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad: the Hutchinson Subdivision, which enters the city from the south, and the Great Bend Subdivision, which enters the city from the northwest.

Health care[change | change source]

There are two hospitals in Hutchinson.[21] Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit general medical and surgical facility. It offers many different services including emergency care.[22] The other hospital is Summit Surgical. It is a specialized corporate surgical facility.[23]

Media[change | change source]

The Hutchinson News is the city's main newspaper. It is published every day.[24] Hutchinson Community College publishes a weekly student newspaper, the Collegian.[25]

Parks[change | change source]

The Sand Hills State Park is on the northern part of Hutchison.[26]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "GNIS Detail - Hutchinson". geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. Dex One Company. DexKnows. Hutchinson, KS Yellow Pages
  7. Project, Federal Writers (1939). Kansas: A Guide to the Sunflower State. Works Progress Administration. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-403-02167-3.
  8. "Rock Island's Family Tree - Page 4". home.covad.net. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  9. https://www.kspatriot.org/index.php/articles/56-kansas-local-history/345-hutchinson-kansas-history.html
  10. "Ecoregions of Nebraska and Kansas" (PDF). Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  11. "General Highway Map - Reno County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. July 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  12. "Weatherbase: Weather for Hutchinson, Kansas". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on November 22, 2011.
  13. United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Salina". Directory of Kansas Public Officials. The League of Kansas Municipalities. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  15. "Departments". Reno County, Kansas. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  16. "Route map" (PDF). Reno County RCAT. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. info@beeline-express.com, beeline-express. "Beeline Express". www.beeline-express.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  18. "Home". www.greyhound.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  19. "Kansas Operating Division" (PDF). BNSF Railway. January 1, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2011. Retrieved 2010-07-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  20. "UPRR Common Line Names" (PDF). Union Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  21. "Hospitals near Hutchinson, KS". Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2014-07-25. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  22. "Hutchinson Regional Medical Center - Stats & Services". Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2014-07-24. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  23. "Summit Surgical - Stats & Services". Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2014-07-24. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  24. "Hutchinson News". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  25. "Record Details - Collegian". Kansas Press Association. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
  26. "Sand Hills State Park". Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Retrieved April 8, 2018.

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