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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A-
Hays is a town in Kansas with a population of 20,956. Hays is in Ellis County. Living in Hays offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hays there are a lot of bars. Many families and young professionals live in Hays and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Hays are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$171,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$682
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Hays Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    260.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    28.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    265.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,079.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    104.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    22%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Hays

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,299
National
$55,322
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Hays Reviews

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Hays is full of exciting things that you could see in a college town, lots of students enjoy the night scene while all taking in everything Hays has to offer such as restaurants, parks, surrounding lakes only an hour distance, downtown bricks with many small businesses to shop in, the local mall, and many more! It's a great place to live when moving to a different location for school because it ends up feeling like home to most college students. It is scary moving off for college more or less of the time, especially if you are from a small town. Hays is big enough so that you have more opportunities and yet small enough to where you get to know a lot of people in the community after going to school here! Hays will forever be a second home! Many after leaving school end up staying in Hays to start families or buy a home because why move anywhere else!? It honestly has everything anyone will ever need here!
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My family moved to Hays, KS about twelve years ago. Most of my mom's side lives here and I soon saw why. Hays is a nice, friendly, and a very safe town to raise children in. It's a small town but with a lot to fall in love with. The longer you live here the more you see the community come together. Everyone has their own flaws but when it's time for a city event, everyone puts their differences aside to have a good time and enjoy Hays.
Hays is a great place! Friendly people who are ready to help others in need. The only thing that could change would be more kid related or family oriented activities. An example would be a roller skating rink.