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Welcome to Liberal ...

The city of Liberal is located in Seward County<1> and is the County Seat for Seward County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Liberal has a population of 19,164 people<2> (see below for details).

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

Liberal is 2,840 feet [866 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Liberal is about ½ mile above sea level.

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

The area code for Liberal: (620)

The ZIP codes for Liberal: 67901, 67905<4>

Websites for Liberal ...

Official Website:   www.cityofliberal.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.liberalkschamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Liberal had an population of 19,164 people. This is a decrease of 6.63% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.55% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Liberal had a population of 20,525 people (or 89.43% of the total population of Seward County). This makes Liberal the county's most populous community.

The population of Liberal represents 0.72% of the total population of Kansas (which has 2,853,118 people), making it the state's 20th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 20,525 people, the population of Liberal increased 4.37% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 19,666 people).

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

Communities Also Named Liberal ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Liberal - they are located in Indiana, Missouri and Oregon.

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

Communities near Liberal ...

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

  • Tyrone (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tyrone
    • Tyrone lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Liberal and is located in Texas County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 743 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tyrone have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tyrone
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tyrone<7>
  • Kismet (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kismet
    • Kismet lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Liberal and is located in Seward County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 423 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kismet
  • Turpin (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
  • Floris (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Floris
    • Floris lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Liberal and is located in Beaver County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Floris have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Floris
  • Hooker (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hooker
    • Hooker lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<5> to the southwest of Liberal and is located in Texas County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,843 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hooker
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hooker<7>
  • Adams (21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest)
  • Plains (23 miles [37 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plains
    • Plains lies 23 miles [37 km]<5> to the northeast of Liberal and is located in Meade County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,021 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former name for Plains:
    • West Plains
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plains<7>
  • Forgan (23 miles [37 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forgan
    • Forgan lies 23 miles [37 km]<5> to the southeast of Liberal and is located in Beaver County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 520 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forgan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forgan<7>
  • Moscow (24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moscow
    • Moscow lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<5> to the northwest of Liberal and is located in Stevens County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 294 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moscow have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former name for Moscow:
    • Mosco
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moscow
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moscow<7>
  • Hugoton (25 miles [40.2 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hugoton
    • Hugoton lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<5> to the west of Liberal and is located in Stevens County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,678 people
    • Former name for Hugoton:
    • Hugo
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hugoton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hugoton<7>

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Liberal. Our list includes 12 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Liberal.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Liberal ...

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

Adding Liberal to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Liberal 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 Liberal was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

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

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The official website for Liberal: www.cityofliberal.com/

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 Seward, 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 Liberal.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Liberal - 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 Liberal). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Liberal 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 '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- Liberal) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Liberal. 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 LiberalOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Liberal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.0469, Longitude: -100.9223    
<6>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.
<7>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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