Profile for Emporia, Kansas, KS
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Emporia is a city in Lyon County.
It is the county seat.
Founded by the Emporia Town Company in 1857
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Kansas named Emporia. For links to other places called Emporia, KS, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Emporia is 38.403N. The longitude is -96.181W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,142 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 26,666.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Emporia demographic reports
Emporia is on the Neosho and Cottonwood rivers
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 80. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1967 movie, "In Cold Blood"
Well-known residents have included:
· Dean Smith, basketball player and coach
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Lyon County Fair - July 28-Aug. 4, 2007
- Chalk Fest - Sept. 8, 2007
- Flint Hills Beef Fest - Aug. 17-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Emporia web sites and events links in the sections below.
Emporia attractions: Emporia Zoo
Historic sites and museums: Lyon County Historical Museum, One Room School Museum, Geology Museum, Schmidt Natural HistoryMuseum, National Teachers Hall of Fame
Colleges and universities:
Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
...there are stretches of road whose beauty I can never exhaust, an example being the wonderful stretch of rangeland south of Emporia, Kansas, on the 35, where dun prairies stretch away without interruption to very distant horizons, with not one tree to violate one's sight line.
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Ancestry & family history
23% of Emporia residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Emporia ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Emporia was $15,157, compared with $21,587 nationally.
24% of Emporia residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Emporia festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Lyon County Fair - J
- Flint Hills Beef Fest - A
- Chalk Fest - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Emporia festival web sites:
| National Forest foliage hotspots|
Median rent in Emporia, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $347. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $746.
Libraries in Emporia include Emporia Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Emporia include Emporia Gazette
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KANH.
Lyon County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Emporia political report.
The average commute time for Emporia workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Emporia between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Emporia include Americas Best Value Inn, Best Western Hospitality House, Candlewood Suites of Emporia, Comfort Inn Emporia, Days Inn, Econo Lodge Emporia, Emporia Travelodge, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express.
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“ ...there are stretches of road whose beauty I can never exhaust, an example being the wonderful stretch of rangeland south of Emporia, Kansas, on the 35, where dun prairies stretch away without interruption to very distant horizons, with not one tree to violate one's sight line. ”
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