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Here in Clay County, our true strength is - and always has been - our people.  We have long prided ourselves on our sense of community, congeniality, and civic pride.  In the words of one local business owner, "The people around here are never any farther than 10 minutes away when you need something.  They are friendly and, when it comes down to it, they'd do anything for you."

Clay County lies on the edge of the Junction City-Manhattan-Fort Riley corridor, which is currently one of the fastest growing regions in the state.  We provide a great alternative for busy, commuting professionals who crave a secure, comfortable and affordable small-town lifestyle.

With affordable housing, an array of amenities and outdoor activities, an excellent progressive school system, and a high-quality health- and managed-care industry, Clay County presents an ideal place to live.  Whether you’re looking for somewhere to build a career, raise a family or retire your work shoes, Clay County is a place to call home.

You can enjoy the serenity of small-town life while remaining connected with some of the most sophisticated information technology available anywhere.  Twin Valley Telecommunication’s fiber-to-the-premise makes possible a level of broadband Internet, digital television, and telecommunications service that is rare even in the largest metropolitan areas.

The Clay County Head Start and Early Head Start in cooperation with the Community Action, Inc. publish a Resource Directory annually which lists service providers for newborns through end-of-life and includes healthcare, education, lodging, financial, and spiritual resources among others.

Clay County’s community diversity offers something for just about everyone.  Clay Center is the County Seat and largest town in the county.  Sister cities Clifton and Vining are both split between Clay and Washington Counties.  Green is home to the Flint Hills Christian School.  Longford’s water is so naturally good they opened a water bottling company there.  If you prefer quick access to the state’s largest lake, Wakefield may be your community of choice and for peace and quiet with friendly neighbors check out Morganville and Oak Hill.

For those who want small town atmosphere with big city opportunities, Clay County’s proximity to Manhattan, Kansas State University, Junction City, and Fort Riley, make commuting easy.

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Clay Center Video

Clay County Brochure

Clay County Kansas brochure