Lyon County Fact Sheet

Lyon County, Kansas

Facts about Lyon County, Kansas

Lyon County is located in the east central part of Kansas with a population of 33,601. At approximately 40×20 miles in size, the county encompasses nearly 844 square miles.

The Lyon County Courthouse is located at 430 Commercial St. in the city of Emporia which is the county seat.

First class cities: 1 (county seat)

  • Emporia Population 26,760

Third class cities: 8

  • Admire Population: 177
  • Allen Population: 211
  • Americus Population: 938
  • Bushong Population: 55
  • Hartford Population: 500
  • Neosho Rapids Population: 274
  • Olpe Population: 504
  • Reading Population: 247

Unified School Districts:

  • USD #251 North Lyon County
  • USD #252 South Lyon County
  • USD #253 Emporia

Colleges & Universities:

  • Emporia State University: 12th Commercial, Emporia
  • Flint Hills Technical College: 3301 W. 18th Ave. Emporia


  • Newman Memorial County Hospital: 1201 W. 12th Ave. Emporia
  • Flint Hills Community Health Care: 12th Chestnut St. Emporia


Lyon County has a strong farming community along with some of the following industries:

  • Interstate Brands Inc. /Hostess Brands Tyson Fresh Meats
  • Safeway Pet Foods Fanestil Meats
  • Simmons Pet Foods Sauder Custom Fabrication
  • Hills Pet Nutrition Camoplast
  • Norfolk Iron & Metal Weststar Energy
  • Kansas Gas Service Bunge North America


Four rivers traverse the county which include the Neosho, Cottonwood, Verdigris and Marais Des Cygnes.


  • Emporia Municipal Airport 1005 Road 120 Emporia

Lyon County has four libraries, several museums, one newspaper and is home to William Allen White, National Teacher’s Hall of Fame, Kansas Business Hall of Fame and NASCAR Driver, Clint Bowyer. Emporia is also recognized as the Founding City of Veteran’s Day.