Hays, KS
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Hays is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 21,092 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hays is the 21st largest community in Kansas.

Hays real estate is some of the most expensive in Kansas, although Hays house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Hays isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hays are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hays is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hays who work in office and administrative support (15.99%), sales jobs (12.72%), and teaching (7.92%).

In addition, Hays is a college town. There are a lot of students in Hays attending college, and as a result Hays provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Hays spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.81 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Hays citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.15% of adults in Hays have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hays in 2010 was $24,395, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,580 for a family of four. However, Hays contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Hays home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hays residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hays include Irish, English, French , and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Hays is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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