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McPherson, Kansas, Town Information and Higher Education Facts

McPherson, Kansas, is a small town known for its plastics and chemical industries. The town has two colleges, but a number of other career and specialty schools, universities and technical institutes are found nearby. Keep reading to learn more about the population and economy of McPherson and about its schools.

Information about McPherson, Kansas

McPherson, Kansas, is home to 13,189 people, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates, and is the seat of McPherson County. It is located in an agricultural area on the old Santa Fe Trail. The city has its own oil refinery as well as factories for the manufacture of plastics and railroad equipment. McPherson is in the heart of one of the nation's largest wheat-producing areas and is ranked among the top industrial centers of the state of Kansas.

McPherson has several buildings on the historical register, including the majestic McPherson Opera House. McPherson's main street received accreditation from the National Main Street Association and features a variety of shops, restaurants and activities.

Higher Education

The town has two colleges: McPherson College and Central Christian College of Kansas. McPherson College is a private liberal arts school enrolling about 660 students. It offers bachelor's degrees in about 20 areas of study, along with a Master of Education. The largest school in the town, Central Christian College of Kansas, has about 1,100 students in its associate's and bachelor's degree programs.

Bethany College is about 14 miles away in Lindsborg, or students can enroll at Hesston College or Tabor College, which are just about 25 miles from McPherson. Salina, KS, is about 30 miles from McPherson and has four schools, including Kansas Wesleyan University and Salina Area Technical College.

Economic Info

The census data, as of 2012, reported on employment in McPherson County. The highest sector of employment was manufacturing with 4,600 jobs, while health care and social assistance had about 2,300 jobs.

Workers from four major communities in the state (Wichita, Salina, Newton and Hutchinson) commute to McPherson to work. Top employers in industries of retail, education, and healthcare, among others, include Farmers Alliance, Wise & Reber, L.C., and Viega.


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