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Welcome to Hays ...

The city of Hays is located in Ellis County<1> and is the County Seat for Ellis County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Hays has a population of 20,805 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Hays.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Hays: Named for Alexander Hays, a Brevet Brigader General serving with the Union Army.

The city of Hays was previously named Hays City.

Hays is 2,020 feet [616 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The area code for Hays: (785)

The ZIP code for Hays: 67601<4>

Websites for Hays ...

Official Website: www.haysusa.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Hays had an population of 20,805 people. This is an increase of 1.44% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.96% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Hays had a population of 20,510 people (or 72.09% of the total population of Ellis County). This makes Hays the county's most populous community.

The population of Hays represents 0.72% of the total population of Kansas (which has 2,853,118 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 20,510 people, the population of Hays increased 2.48% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 20,013 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Hays.

Communities Also Named Hays ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 15 communities that are also named Hays - they are located in Alberta, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi (3), Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

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

Communities near Hays ...

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

  • Ellis (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellis
    • Ellis lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the west of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,019 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellis<6>
  • Victoria (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Victoria
    • Victoria lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the east of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,215 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Victoria have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Victoria
  • Gorham (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gorham
    • Gorham lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the east of Hays and is located in Russell County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 336 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gorham have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gorham
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gorham<6>
  • Schoenchen (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Schoenchen
    • Schoenchen lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 206 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Schoenchen have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Schoenchen
  • Liebenthal (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liebenthal
    • Liebenthal lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the south of Hays and is located in Rush County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 91 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Liebenthal have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liebenthal
  • Munjor (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Munjor
    • Munjor lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Munjor have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Munjor
  • Catharine (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Catharine
    • Catharine lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Catharine have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former name for Catharine:
    • Saint Catharine
    • Catharine has also been known as:
    • Catherine
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Catharine
  • Yocemento (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yocemento
    • Yocemento lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the west of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yocemento have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yocemento
  • Antonino (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Antonino
    • Antonino lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Antonino have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Antonino
  • Hog Back (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hog Back
    • Hog Back lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Hays and is located in Ellis County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hog Back have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hog Back

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 Hays. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Hays.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Hays. 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 Hays.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Hays. Our list includes 30 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Hays.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Hays ...

Looking for more information about Hays? 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 Hays, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Hays.

Adding Hays to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Hays was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Hays on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Hays

Visit our Community Index for Kansas

About Ellis County

About Kansas

The official website for Hays: www.haysusa.com/

The official website for Ellis County: www.ellisco.net/

The official website for State of Kansas: https://portal.kansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kansas' counties, including Ellis, 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 Hays.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Hays - 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 Hays). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Hays or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hays) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hays. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from HaysOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hays. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8798, Longitude: -99.3179    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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