“It really is the perfect blend of industry and Midwestern quality of life,” said Kent Heermann, President of the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas.
Emporia has a thriving business community with a diverse array of locally owned businesses and thriving manufacturers. Emporia is a hub of commerce with a wide range of employment opportunities.
Emporia Regional Development Association has more details. Major Manufacturers and Employers in the area. Emporia Regional Development Association website.
Home of the Dirty Kansa - A 200 mile gravel bike ride throughout the Flint Hills of Kansas. The popularity of DK200 has grown from 34 participants in 2006 to over 2,200 riders in 2018 from 49 states and 16 countries. Several other prominent races through the year. Dirty Kansa Website.
Glass Blown Open - a premiere disc golf event held in Emporia, Kansas. Players from all over the world come to experience the amazing disc golf courses in Emporia. Glass Blown Website.
Home of Emporia State University and the excitement of a college town. Emporia State University website.
Symphony of the Flint Hills - A unique event in June. Symphony of the Flint Hills website.
Great American Market - In September, the downtown area is buzzing with hundreds and vendors and scores of shoppers. Emporia Main Street event page.
Revitalized downtown with thriving businesses and constant activity. Emporia Main Street website.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration – Festival in May through Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow. See HOTT website.
All Veteran’s Tribute. Emporia is the founding city of Veteran’s Day. Each November a multi-day celebration with numerous events including a parade, memorial service, veteran artist exhibit, roundtable discussions, tribute show, Freedom Fest run, ride, and disc golf events, and more. See website for full schedule.
The Flint Hills. Voted one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas. See visitors information.
Active local Chamber of Commerce to promote local businesses. Emporia Chamber of Commerce website.
Visit Emporia has more information on upcoming events and local activities. Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
Emporia is strategically located at the intersection of I-35, I-335 and U.S. Highway 50 in east central Kansas, which is 50 miles from Topeka, 85 miles from Wichita and 108 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
A regional manufacturing, educational, transportation, medical and agricultural center provides economic diversity to the largest city in Lyon County and east central Kansas. This important cross roads center has a trade area of approximately 85,200 persons.
Pulitzer Prize winner William Allen White, editor and owner of the Emporia Gazette put Emporia on the national and world map with his editorial “What’s the Matter with Kansas” on August 15, 1896. Today Emporia’s native son Clint Bowyer, champion of the 2008 Nationwide Insurance NASCAR series, continues to bring notoriety to his hometown.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad mainline passes through Emporia. It is a major corridor with intermodal freight from Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. General aviation has access to a 5,000 foot runway at the Emporia Municipal Airport which accommodates most corporate aircraft.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10 square miles (25.8 km) of which 9.9 square miles (25.6 km) of it is land a 0.1 square mile (0.2 km) is water.
The city averages about 60 rainy days per year, 59 days with high temperatures of 90°F (32°C) or higher, and 124 days with low temperatures below freezing.
The average temperature in January is 29°F (2°C), and in July it is 79°F (29°C). Annual snowfall averages 10.2 inches (25.9 cm).
The Neosho River flows along the northern side of the city. The Cottonwood River, one of its tributaries, flows along the city’s southern edge and two large city parks, Peter Pan and Soden’s Grove; the two rivers meet near the eastern boundary of Emporia and flow southeast to join the Arkansas River in Oklahoma.