With a population of more than 8,600 residents, Clay County offers a distinct quality of life. The area provides a number of community events throughout the year; specialty shops and neighborhood restaurants that line the streets; and abounding recreational opportunities. The county also encompasses a top healthcare facility, the Clay County Medical Center; an excellent public education system, USD 379; and its own airport, the Clay Center Municipal Airport. Its location in North Central Kansas affords residents proximity to major metropolitan areas, while offering peaceful, small-town living in its close-knit communities.
Hailed as the county seat of Clay County, Clay Center is situated in the center of the county, just like its name says, at the intersection of U.S. 24 and K-15 highways. The community is the site of a public library, a city zoo, several parks, two well-manicured golf courses, the Clay County Medical Center, the Clay Center Municipal Airport, two industrial parks and the Clay County Fairgrounds. Residents and visitors also enjoy a host of specialty shops and dining establishments. Check out Clay Center’s website at www.cckansas.org/claycenter/index.php.
Established in 1859, Clifton sits at the northern edge of the Republican River Valley. The town’s main thoroughfare, Highway 9, splits the area into two counties—Washington County to the north and Clay County to the south. The community boasts a local newspaper and school, along with quaint stores and diverse places of worship. Check out Clifton’s website at www. cckansas.org /Clifton /index.php.
Named after Kansas Governor Nehemiah Green in 1868, Green is positioned in the northeast section of the county. The community encompasses the successful businesses of Lippert Grain Co. and Lippert Livestock. Residents and visitors can also find the Flint Hills Christian School for educational endeavors and the Green Café, noted for its “just plain good home cookin’” throughout the area. Check out Green’s website at www.cckansas.org/green/index.php.
Located in southwest Clay County, Longford established itself in 1875 and today is home to a great educational facility, a thriving business sector and Longford Water Company naturally filtered water through the Kiowa Aquifer. Visit their website at www.longfordwater.com. The town is home to the PCRA-sanctioned Longford Rodeo, held annually on Labor Day weekend, and the Coachlight Restaurant. Check out Longford’s website at www.cckansas.org/longford/index.php.
In 1948, the town of Morganville became the smallest town to participate in the “Sister City International” program with the adoption of Feves, France. The community offers residents the resources of the Julie Thomas Memorial Library, Morganville Café, several businesses, including a healthy base of small manufacturers, and an enjoyable small-town environment. Check out Morganville’s website at
Originally part of Oakland Township, Oak Hill was incorporated as a city in 1925. Harder Park is a popular recreational spot among residents, offering picnic facilities and a playground. Check out Oak Hill’s website at www.cckansas.org/oakhill/index.php.
Vining borders the western edge of Clifton. The main street is Parallel—north of Parallel is Washington County, and south of Parallel is Clay County. Check out Vining’s website at
Named in honor of Rev. Richard Wake, as well as Wakefield, England, the community of nearly 1,000 and growing, offers a public swimming pool, library and an extensive museum. Wakefield is only a 20-minute drive to Fort Riley and 35 minutes to Manhattan, the home of Kansas State University. If you enjoy the outdoors, Wakefield is the place to be. The town is located on the banks of beautiful Milford Lake, with 163 miles of shoreline and over 16,000 surface acres. Milford Lake and the surrounding 21,000 acres make up one of the Kansas’ prime outdoor habitats. You will find an abundance of waterfowl as well as different species of wildlife. Talk about an outdoorsman’s paradise!! Check out Wakefield’s website at www.cckansas.org/wakefield/index.php.