Shaped by colorful “Wild West” origins, abundant natural resources, and strong local institutions, our community benefits from a modern regional economy, lively civic networks, and shared values. Our unrestrained community pride has been externally validated - in 2008, Ellis County was ranked second as one of the best places to live in rural America by "Progressive Farmer" magazine.
Our community of nearly 28,000 residents prides itself on close-knit families, a sense of mutual obligation among neighbors, enduring values of self-sufficiency, and a strong work ethic. These assets, along with outstanding education institutions and a moderate cost of living, combine to create a business, family, and visitor-friendly community.
Land Use & Cities
Ellis County encompasses approximately 900 square miles of land that include expansive prairie and golden wheat fields, major urban institutions, and a prominent state university. The county includes four cities, the largest being the county seat of Hays with an approximate population of 20,000.