Emporia, Kansas

Demographic Snapshot

Emporia Lyon County Kansas City MSA
Population, 2016 24,816 33,510 2,104,509
Population % Ch., 2007-2016 -7.2% -7% 4.4%
Median Age, 2015 29.2 32.5 35.9
Land Area (sq. mi.) 11.83 855.42 7,950
High School Grads, 2015 85.6% 87.9% 91.2%
College Grads, 2015 26.1% 25.6% 35.8%
Labor Force, 2016 12,557 16,907 1,126,141
Unemployment Rate, 2016 4% 4% 3.8%
Note: Educational Attainment rates are for the population 25 years and older. For consistency, the Educational Attainment data is from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, American Community Survey; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Major Employers

Company Type of Operation Employees
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. Meat packing plant 964
U.S.D. #253 Public education 788
Emporia State University  Higher education  737 
Hostess Brands LLC  Commercial baking  412 
Newman Regional Health  Healthcare  396 
Simmons Pet Food  Pet food mfg.  360 
Lyon County  Government  257 
City of Emporia  Government  240 
Hopkins Manufacturing Corp.  Automotive products mfg.  240 
Birch Communications  Telecommunications  226 

Contact Information

Emporia Regional Development Association

KC's Agricultural Heritage

KC Animal Health Initiative

Advisory Board

Strategic Priorities

KC Animal Health Investment Forum