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Harper County

Located 45 minutes southwest of Wichita, Harper County is a vibrant community of about 5,600 people, living in safe and clean rural towns, with a surprisingly diverse local economy. The population includes an educated and productive workforce, with home-town values and a superior work ethic. 

The County boasts a large and diversified manufacturing base of more than 20 firms, ranging in size from several employees to over 100.

In 2019, the new 62,500 square-foot $40 million Patterson Health Center opened in Harper County with the goal of transforming the landscape of rural healthcare. The health center employs over 150 people and includes a 16-bed critical-access hospital, health clinic, physical therapy and rehabilitation center, and a wellness center.

While Harper County is valued for its country roads, rolling hills and wooded streams, and the abundant wildlife of the Kansas prairie, it’s only a short drive to four-lane interstate highways, Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and world-class universities.

County Data

Population

5,436

Land area

801

Average population density

7

Median age

42.3

High School Graduate or Higher

90.4%

Some College, No Degree

26.6%

Associate Degree

6.7%

Bachelor Degree or Higher

17.1%

Average 1-Way commute to work (min)

16.1

Civilian labor force

2,875

Unemployment rate

2.5%

Unemployment

73

Number of business establishments

212

Employees

2,310

Average annual pay

$37,206

Median household income

$49,455

Sources: 2019 Population Estimates for the 10-County Region; 2010 Census; American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2014-2018; Bureau of Labor Statistics - Local Area Unemployment Statistics; Bureau of Labor Statistics - Quarterly Census of Wages 2018 Average

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