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 partnered with the University of Kansas Health System in early 2017 and is home to the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas & one of the top rural medical centers in the United States.
The Bricks in Historic Downtown Hays has unique shopping, galleries, & eateries. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including: many full service gyms, 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 Municipal Airport provides service to Denver and Chigaco on a 50 passenger regional jet (www.flyhays.com). Multiple high-speed Internet service providers service Hays. The community is in an elite group of cities with fiber to the premise.
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