Community Information

Community Information

Thank you for your interest in Great Bend and its medical community. Great Bend offers an excellent quality of life where the primary values are family, hard work, and concern for one’s neighbors. Great Bend is located in the heart of the United States and offers a Midwestern hometown environment. Community information about Great Bend, Kansas


Quality education starts in our seven elementary schools where the teacher-to-student ratio is 1 to 17. This personalized attention continues in both the middle and high school levels where the teacher-to-student ratio is also 1 to 17.

Schools located in Great Bend include eight elementary schools, Great Bend Middle School and Great Bend High School.

Barton County Community College offers a wide range of study options to it’s over 5,000 students. Offerings include KSU distance learning and many online options.


Forty congregations in a variety of denominations are located in Great Bend.


Parks & Zoos

Great Bend parks offer a variety of outdoor activities such as basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas, a swimming pool, walking trails, riverside biking trails, fishing, baseball and softball diamonds, horseshoe pits, BMX bike park, and the best skate board park in central and western Kansas.

Great Bend is also home to the Brit Spaugh Zoo.


For golfers, Great Bend has a public golf course and a country club.

The Arts

The Shafer Art Gallery opened in 1992. The L. E. “Gus” and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery has been referred to as the “Gem of the Campus” at Barton County Community College. The 7,709 square feet of exhibit space can change configurations to accommodate many different sizes and types of exhibits. The gallery features a glass-enclosed lobby and a sculpture area featuring Shafer’s work . The gallery allows extensive display of BCC’s permanent art collection and provides the necessary temperature, lighting and security requirements to qualify for exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution. Each year, the gallery attracts thousands of visitors from the local area and the Midwest, as well as those from across the country and abroad.


Sportsmen will find Great Bend a great location for hunting and fishing. Open seasons on deer, pheasants, geese, ducks, quail, and more span several months each year. Great Bend is located next to two of the world’s most important wetlands; Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. A wide variety of birds including geese, ducks, shore birds and eagles stop here during their annual migration. We are truly a bird watcher’s paradise. Wilson and Kanapolis lakes are also located within 60 miles of Great Bend.


During the Christmas season Great Bend hosts the Trail of Lights, a nationally recognized Christmas light display.

Jack Kilby Square – Come join some of the friendliest people at our beautiful downtown square. The square is the focal point for many local festivals scheduled throughout the year including concerts, dances, craft shows, and ice skating in the winter.

Visit the Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village for a fascinating glimpse into the past. The Village boasts several period buildings: an 1873 native stone house, an 1898 church, a 1910 railroad depot, a 1915 school house, and a small post office, all authentically furnished. Visitors may even pump fresh water at the Waupun wood-vaned windmill, beside a bed of native flowers. The main Museum and other buildings allow a peek into rural community life.


We have one of the most diverse economic bases you will find. We have oil and agricultural-related industries.

Manufacturers & Businesses
Several manufacturers and businesses make their home in Great Bend including, Cuna Mutual Retirement Solutions, Doonan Specialized Trailer, LLC, Fuller Industries, LLC, Red Barn Pet Products and Great Bend Industries.

In addition to these major industries, agriculture is still at the heart of Great Bend’s economy. Wheat, corn, milo, and alfalfa are the main crops grown in the region, in addition to cattle and hog farms.

Seaport Airlines offers daily flights out of Great Bend.

Employment Rate
According to 2015 figures, the county’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent with over 13,000 in the work force.

If you are moving to Great Bend for a job at St. Rose Health Center , the Great Bend job service center can help your family members find a job in the area.

Sunflower Recycling Center is a way to give away items you no longer need and obtain items you want for free. Help keep items out of our landfills.