Harper County

Population: 5,861

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Harper County

Harper County, located in south-central Kansas, is a vibrant community of about 5,900 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. Although the county takes pride in its rural lifestyle, free of the hectic urban pace, its conveniently near the larger cities, interstate highways, and industrial centers of today’s world economy.

Harper County is about 45 miles southwest of Wichita, the state’s largest city and home-base for the state’s manufacturing sector. Likewise, it's a short drive to four-lane and interstate highways, Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, world-class universities, and numerous cultural and recreational venues. Harper County is valued for its country roads, rolling hills and wooded streams, and the abundant wildlife of the Kansas prairie.

Labor Force
The County boasts a large and diversified manufacturing base of more than 20 firms, ranging in size from several employees to over 100. With a workforce of nearly 2,900, Harper County employees are highly educated, productive and efficient. The 30-mile labor pool is about 24,000, and the 45 mile labor pool is over 100,000, including much of Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita. Kansas is a right-to-work state, and there are no union shops in Harper County.

Harper County Data


Land Area (square miles) -- 2010


Total Population -- 2017


Average Population Density (per sq. mile) -- 20176.97
Median Age - 201742.3
Educational Attainment (Population Age 25+) - 2016

   High School Graduate or Higher


   Some College -- No Degree


   Associate Degree


   Bachelor Degree or Higher

Average 1-Way Commute to Work (minutes) - 201616.2
Civilian Labor Force -- 20172,654



   Unemployment Rate

Business Establishments -- 2017226



   Average Annual Pay


Median Household Income - 2016


Source: Land Area -- 2010 Census; Population Density -- Based on 2010 Land Area and 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; Median Age, Educational Attainment, Average Commute Time and Median Household Income -- 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; Business Establishments, Employees, Average Annual Pay -- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; Labor Force Data -- Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Major Employers

  • Elco Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Elkhorn Valley Packing Co
  • Green Line, Inc.
  • Harper Industries, Inc.
  • Midwest Machining, Inc.
  • R & B Oil and Gas