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Welcome to Clay Center ...

The city of Clay Center is located in Clay County<1> and is the County Seat for Clay County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Clay Center, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

A typical abbreviation for Clay Center: Clay Ctr. (or less commonly used: Clay Cen., Clay Cent. or Clay Cntr.)

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Clay Center has a population of 3,989 people<2> (see below for details).

Clay Center is 1,210 feet [369 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Clay Center lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Clay Center is within the (785) area code.

The ZIP code for Clay Center: 67432<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Clay Center had an population of 3,989 people. This is a decrease of 7.96% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 12.6% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Clay Center had a population of 4,334 people (which is 50.78% of the total population of Clay County). This makes Clay Center the county's most populous community.

The population of Clay Center represents 0.15% of the total population of Kansas (which has 2,853,118 people), making it the state's 69th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,334 people, the population of Clay Center decreased 5.04% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,564 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Clay Center.

Communities Also Named Clay Center ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two Kansas communities named Clay Center: This one is located in Clay County and the other is located in Butler County.

Beyond Kansas, there are 3 communities that are also named Clay Center - they are located in Nebraska and Ohio.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Clay Center.

Communities near Clay Center ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Clay Center.

  • Riley
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riley
    • Riley is located in Riley County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 955 people
    • Former names for Riley:
    • Riley Center
    • Union
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Riley <5>
  • Wakefield
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
  • Milford
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
  • Clifton
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifton
    • Clifton is located in Washington County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 506 people
    • Clifton has also been known as:
    • West Clifton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clifton <5>
  • Miltonvale
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
  • Leonardville
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leonardville
    • Leonardville is located in Riley County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 432 people
    • Leonardville has also been known as:
    • Leonard
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leonardville <5>
  • Morganville
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morganville
    • Morganville is located in Clay County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 190 people
    • Morganville has also been known as:
    • Morgantown
  • Randolph
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Randolph
    • Randolph is located in Riley County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 156 people
  • Green
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Palmer
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmer
    • Palmer is located in Washington County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 105 people

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Clay Center. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Clay Center.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Clay Center. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Clay Center.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Clay Center. Our list includes 34 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Clay Center.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Clay Center ...

Looking for more information about Clay Center? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Clay Center, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Clay Center.

Adding Clay Center to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Clay Center in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Clay Center was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Clay Center on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Kansas (1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Clay Center.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Clay Center. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Clay County:

The official website for State of Kansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kansas' counties, including Clay, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Clay Center.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Clay Center - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Clay Center). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Clay Center or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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