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last updated July 1, 2015

Location: Center of Kansas along highway 36 and 15 miles from the Nebraska border

Distance in miles from:

Denver, Co. 370 miles St. Joseph, Mo 215 miles

Wichita, Ks 210 miles Grand Island, Ne 100 miles

Population2000     2010     2013   2014

City              1931     1665     1610   1,633

County          3853    3853     3706   3,873

Municipal Services:

Type of local government Council/Mayor

No. of volunteer fire dept. personnel 20

Comprehensive city plan adopted Yes

City zoning adopted Yes

No. of full time policemen 3

No. of full time sheriff patrolmen 5


Rail – Kyle Railroad

City Transportation Van

US Hwy 36 (E-W)

US Hwy 281 (N-S)

Gary Gardner Municipal Airport

1mile South of Smith Center

Self-Serve LL Fuel (credit card)

WAAS-GPS approach

Runway surface concrete

Length 4400 ft x 75 ft.


Private aircraft storage

Tax Structure: Total sales tax rate 9.5% (city, county & state)

Property Tax Rate 295.83

Incentives - Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, Job Creation Grant


Electric Service-Prairie Land Electric

Natural Gas - Kansas Gas Service

Telephone Service - Nex-tech/Rural Telephone Fiber Optics

Water-City of Smith Center

Capacity of water plants 400,000 gal/day Source-Wells

Water Storage 2 towers 770,000 gal

Average water consumption 240,000 gal/day

Type of sanitation treatment plant Lagoon

Community Services:

Financial Services

The Peoples Bank

        branch of Peoples Bank in Pratt, Ks

The Guaranty State Bank

Edward Jones

Smith County Bank     

         branch of First National Bank and Trust of Phillipsburg, Ks 

Health Care:

Smith County Memorial Hospital

No. of beds 22

Family Clinic attached to the hospital

Medical personnel - M.D. 4, Dentist 1, Optometrist 2, Chiropractor 2, Nurse Practitioner 4

Gardner Wellness Center

Smith County Health Department

Smith County EMS

Religious Institutions

Churches 11


No. of housing units 6

Western Plains Village, Smith Estates, Center View Apartments, Armitage Apartments, Willow Tree apartments, Heritage Town Homes

No. of Independent Living Homes 2

No. of Senior Care Centers 2

Average cost of rentals - Houses $300 to $600  Apartments $250 to $1200

Average cost of housing new construction $150 sq. ft.

Average cost of lots for housing $3,000 to $8,000

Vacancy rate Houses 3%

Apartments 3%

Education Facilities:

Public Schools No. Enrollment Teacher/Pupil Ratio 1/9

Elementary 203

Jr./Sr. High School 193

Recreational Facilities:

In city or within 3 miles

Public Golf Course, Public Tennis Courts

Public Parks, Public Swimming Pool

Country Club, Baseball Fields, Walking Trail

Nearest Public Access Lake - Wilson Lake, Distance 50 miles

Activities allowed -Swimming, Fishing, water skiing, boating, camping

No. of Theaters 1 (Center Theater with digital sound and 3D)

Srader Center-library, conference rooms, walking track, basketball & racquet ball court and exercise room


Motels 3

Bed and Breakfast 1

Eating Establishments  9

Convenience Store 1


Weekly Newspaper - Smith County Pioneer

Cable TV available

Satellite TV and basic cable

Buildings available for industrial prospect-yes

Major employers:  Landmark Implement (John Deere), USD 237, & Smith County Memorial Hospital

 Economic Development Organization:

Smith Center Economic Development

Full Time Director

Contact: Julie Troy

219 S. Main

Smith Center, Ks 66967

785-282-6517 or 785-282-0669

 Smith Center Chamber of Commerce

Part Time Manager

Contact: Diane Peterson

219 S. Main

Smith Center, Ks 66967