Hutchinson, located about 40 miles outside of Wichita, is the county seat of Reno County, Kansas. It is the largest city in the county with a population of more than 42,000 as of 2010. Hutchinson was founded in 1871 and incorporated the following year. Its population grew from around 1,500 in 1880 to nearly 40,000 in 1960 and has held fairly stable ever since.Hutchinson lies at an elevation of approximately 1,500 feet. Its climate is a combination of humid subtropical and humid continental. Winters are cold and dry. Summers are long, hot, and humid. The coldest month of the year is January with an average high of 40 degrees and an average low of 17 degrees. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -19 degrees. The hottest month of the year is July with an average high temperature of 93 degrees and low temperature of 67 degrees. The warmest day on record is 112 degrees. Hutchinson averages 30 inches of precipitation annually. The wettest month of the year is May with an average of more than 4 inches of precipitation and the driest is January with less than an inch.
About 23% of the population of Hutchinson is under the age of 18 and 17% is over the age of 65. The median age is 37, making this one of the oldest cities in Kansas. Nearly 90% of residents are White. Around 8% consider themselves to be of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The median household income is approximately $33,000 per year. The median family income is around $40,000 per year. Around 10% of families and 13% of the total population live at or below the poverty line. Around 17% of children are living in poverty.One of the driving forces behind the local economy is the salt industry. Salt deposits were discovered more than a century ago. Since then, salt mining and processing has played a vital role in Hutchinson commerce and employment. The Hutchinson, KS yellow pages and Hutchinson, KS business directory can give you more info about the local economy of the area.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan