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Community Profile

Location

Distance in miles from:
Chicago938   Dallas445
Denver361Kansas City401
Los Angeles1,238New York1,599
Mineapolis812St. Louis651

Population

Year   City   County
199016,57318,743
198014,91117,071
197013,86215,744
196013,81315,930

Climate

Average daily temperature:
January34°
April57°
July81°
October60°
Average annual precipitation19 in.
Average annual snowfall17 in.

Work Force

Hourly wage rates in selected occupations
OccupationAverage wage rates
Assembler, Light$8.12 - 9.33
Clerk, General$6.53 - 7.51
Industrial Truck Operator$8.42 - 9.42
Machine Operator$7.65 - 8.65
Mechanic, Maintenance$10.12 - 11.63
Welder, Combination$9.40 - 10.81
Percentage of labor force unionized5%
Work stoppages in past two years0

Work Force

Labor Data for Seward County
Civilian Work Force10,677
Employed10,224
Manufacturing2,525
Services1,750
Government1,925
Whls/Retail2,625
Agriculture325
Unemployed435
Unemployed Rate4.2%

Municipal Services

Type of local governmentManager/Commission
Comprehensive city planYes
City zoning adoptedYes
Full-time fire department personnel12
Volunteer fire department personnel13
Fire insurance class in the city5
Fire insurance class outside the city5\9A
Full-time police officers36
Part-time police officers3
Full-time sheriff patrol officers12

Transportation

Motor Carriers
Number of Carriers11
City zoning adoptedYes
No. of Terminals in the Community9
Highways serving the community
Interstate (E-W)I-70/152 mi.
Interstate (N-S)I-35/210 mi. and I-25/230 mi.
U.S./Kansas (E-W)US 54/0 mi.
U.S./Kansas (N-S)US 83/0 mi.


Time in transit for carload/truckload lots
City   Days by
Truck
  Days by
Railroad
Atlanta23
Chicago11.5
Dallas11.5
Denver11.5
Kansas City11
Los Angeles22.5
Minneapolis21.5
New York32
St. Louis11
Seattle32


Rail
Railroads serving the communitySouthern Pacific
Reciprocal switching availableNo
Miles to nearest piggyback service210
 
Package Delivery Service
Ground firmsUPS, Pony Express
Air firmsUPS, Federal Express
Air
Distance to nearest public airport0 mi.
Runway SurfaceConcrete
Length7,100 ft
LightedYes
TowerNo
Private aircraft storage availableYes

Utilities

Electric Service
SupplierWest Plains Energy, Subsidiary Utilicorp
InterconnectedYes
 
Telephone Service
SupplierSouthwestern Bell
Fiber opticsYes
 
Natural Gas
SupplierPeople's Natural Gas

Utilities

Water
SupplierCity of Liberal
SourceOgallala Aquifier 16 wells
Capacity of water plant14,299,200 gal./day
Average consumption229 APCD
Peak demand11,000,000 gal./day
Storage capacity3,250,000 gal.
 
Sanitation
Type of sewage treatment plantActivated Sludge
  CapacityPresent Load
Gallons/day11,660,0003,720,000
Population equiv.93,28029,670

Community Services

Support Services
Machine shops in the cityYes (10)
Tool and die shops in the cityYes (6)
 
Financial Institutions
Number of banks in the city4
Assets$229,356,354,693
Number of Savings and Loan firms0
 
Health Care
Hospital in the communityYes
Number of beds100
Nearest hospitalSouthwest Medical Center
Clinic in the communityYes
Medical Personnel
MD29
Dentist8
Chiropractor4
Optometrist4
Osteopath2
Podiatrist0
 
Housing
Housing units built in last 2 years83
Average monthly rental
Houses$450
Apartments$325
Average cost - new construction$65 - 70/sq. ft.
Average cost - lots$15,000 - 20,000

Community Services

Recreation Facilities
Recreation facilities in city or within 25 milesPublic golf course
Public tennis courts
Public parks
Public swimming pools
Country club
YMCA
Number of theatres4
Nearest public access lake/reservoir/riverMeade State Lake and Arkalon Reservoir
Distance32 mi./12 mi.
Activities allowedswimming, fishing, camping
 
Convention/Lodging Facilities
Number of Motels13
Rooms674
Bed and Breakfast1
Rooms4
Largest banquet room500
 
Media
Community newspaperDaily and Weekly
No. Radio Stations4
Cable TVYes
No. TV Stations4
TV Channels57
 
Religious Institutions
Protestant40
Catholic1
Synagogues0
Other0

Available building(s) for industrial prospect

#1 - Size153,346
#2 - Size30,586
#3 - Size23,840
Details are on file with KDOC and H

Controlled sites available for industrial prospect

#1 - SizeEast Industrial Park 20 acres
#2 - SizeWest Industrial Park 8 acres
#3 - SizeWest Industrial Park 5 acres
Details are on file with KDOC and H

Education Facilities

Public Schools
No.EnrolledTeacher/
Student Ratio
Elementary72,21425:1
Junior High21,03116:1
High School11,05116:1
 
Private Schools
Elementary 24 8:1
Junior High 12 8:1
High School 30 8:1
Voc-Tech/Junior Colleges
Liberal Area Vo-Tech in Liberal225 enrolled
Seward County Community College in Liberal1,650
 
Universities or Colleges
Kansas State University
Manhattan (315 mi.)
19,184
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg (369 mi.)
6,355
Emporia State University
Emporia (295 mi.)
5,772
University of Kansas
Lawrence (368 mi.)
24,874
Wichita State University
Wichita (210 mi.)
14,264



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