A Great Place to Live
Shaped by colorful “Wild West” origins, abundant natural resources, and strong local institutions, our community benefits from a modern regional economy, lively civic networks, and shared values. Our unrestrained community pride has been externally validated - in 2008, Ellis County was ranked second as one of the best places to live in rural America by "Progressive Farmer" magazine.

Community Values

Our community of nearly 29,000 residents prides itself on close-knit families, a sense of mutual obligation among neighbors, enduring values of self-sufficiency, and a strong work ethic. These assets, along with outstanding education institutions and a moderate cost of living, combine to create a business, family, and visitor-friendly community.

Land Use & Cities

Ellis County encompasses approximately 900 square miles of land that include expansive prairie and golden wheat fields, major urban institutions, and a prominent state university. The county includes four cities, the largest being the county seat of Hays with an approximate population of 20,000.

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