Hays, Kansas (pop. 20,500), is a university community serving as a regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, arts, & recreation for the western half of Kansas - serving a population of nearly 100,000. This progressive community is recognized among the top Kansas cities in entertainment, health, arts, & culture.
Hays is home to Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a regional comprehensive university with over 13,000 students, known for its innovation & entrepreneurship. FHSU is the fastest growing university in the Kansas Regents system. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus is home to the Encore Series, the Hays Symphony, & other national & world caliber performances.
Hays Medical Center is a major employer with more than 1,000 employees. Hays Medical Center is the home to the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas & one of the top rural medical centers in the United States.
Historic Downtown Hays has unique shopping, galleries, & eateries. Hays boast excellent recreational facilities including: the Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, & excellent opportunities for walking, running, & biking. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing fishing, boating, & other water sports. Bike Hays contains 21 miles of connecting system.
The Hays Regional Airport provides service to Denver & Chicago on a 50-passenger regional jet. Multiple high-speed Internet service providers service Hays. The community is in an elite group of cities with fiber to the premise. Visit www.visithays.com for more information.