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Welcome to Riley ...

The city of Riley is located in Riley County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Riley has a population of 952 people<2> (see below for details).

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

The origin (or the toponymy) of Riley: Named for Bennet C. Riley (1787-1853), a General during the Mexican-American War.

The city of Riley was previously named Riley Center. Going back to its beginning, Riley was originally named Union. For more information about the names of Riley, see The Names of Riley on our Genealogy Page.

The community of Riley is 1,280 feet [390 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The telephone area code for Riley: (785)

The ZIP code for Riley: 66531<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Riley had an population of 952 people. This is an increase of 1.38% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.45% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Riley had a population of 939 people. This makes Riley the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Riley represents 0.03% of the total population of Kansas (which has 2,853,118 people), making it the state's 204th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 939 people, the population of Riley increased 5.98% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 886 people).

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

Adding Riley to Our Gazetteer ...

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

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

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

Communities Also Named Riley ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 23 communities that are also named Riley - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas (2), British Columbia, California, Illinois, Indiana (2), Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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

Communities near Riley ...

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

  • Manhattan [Riley County]
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    • Manhattan [Riley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Riley
    • Estimated population in 2019: 54,604 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manhattan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manhattan<6>
  • Junction City [Geary County]
  • Clay Center [Clay County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clay Center
    • Clay Center [Clay County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the west of Riley
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,983 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clay Center have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clay Center
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clay Center<6>
  • Ogden [Riley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ogden
    • Ogden [Riley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Riley
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,958 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ogden
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ogden<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Grandview Plaza [Geary County]
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      • Grandview Plaza [Geary County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the south of Riley
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,528 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grandview Plaza have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grandview Plaza
    • Wakefield [Clay County]
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      • Wakefield [Clay County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Riley
      • Estimated population in 2019: 920 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wakefield have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wakefield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wakefield<6>
    • Milford [Geary County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milford
      • Milford [Geary County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Riley
      • Estimated population in 2019: 511 people
      • Former name for Milford:
      • Bacheller
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milford<6>
    • Leonardville [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leonardville
      • Leonardville [Riley County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the north of Riley
      • Estimated population in 2019: 431 people
      • Former name for Leonardville:
      • Alembic
      • Leonardville has also been known as:
      • Leonard
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leonardville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leonardville<6>
    • Olsburg [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olsburg
      • Olsburg [Pottawatomie County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Riley
      • Estimated population in 2019: 218 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Olsburg:
      • Olesburgh
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olsburg<6>
    • Randolph [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Randolph
      • Randolph [Riley County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the north of Riley
      • Estimated population in 2019: 156 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Randolph

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Riley. Our list includes 4 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Riley.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Riley ...

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

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

The official website for Riley County: www.rileycountyks.gov

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 Riley, 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 Riley.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Riley - 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 Riley). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Riley 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Riley) 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 Riley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RileyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2988, Longitude: -96.8276    
<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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