Secrets Behind the Charm
Population: 12104 (2017 Census Estimates)
Source: United States Census Bureau
City of Winfield (620) 221-5500
Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce (620) 221-2420
Winfield Convention and Tourism (620) 221-2421
Winfield Main Street (620) 221-2420
FUN FACT: Winfield’s cost of living is 20 percent lower than the U.S. average.
From the charm of its downtown, to its “Fortune 500” companies, Winfield has been called “the best kept secret in Kansas.” The community is part of the global economy, but it nurtures a warm, small-town feel.
Winfield’s charms are not much of a secret any more, however. It attracts thousands each September with its famous Walnut Valley Festival, a nationally-renowned music festival and competition. Island Park, with its large playground, scenic moat, and massive Isle of Lights Christmas light display draws visitors from across the region.
The county’s seat, with a population of 12,000, has twice been rated as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” in a nationwide guide.
“Winfield’s tree-graced neighborhoods, with children bicycling home from school, seemed a world away from urban life. It’s the kind of place where the independent clothing store on Main Street is busy, local coffee shops offer fresh brew and home-baked pastries, and passers-by greet strangers with a smile.” -New York Times travel correspondent
Founded in 1885, Winfield’s flagship institution is Southwestern College, a four-year private college. Southwestern’s music, art and academics help shape Winfield into a progressive place that values higher education and helping others.
The community supports two, 18-hole golf courses — Quail Ridge, a public course; and the Winfield Country Club for members and their guests. The Winfield City Lake is popular for fishing and camping. The nearby aquatic center boasts a 50-meter pool with slide and sloped entrance for toddlers.
Winfield is a Main Street community with a tree-lined downtown graced by colorful flowers arrangements at the street corners. And it doesn’t get much prettier than a springtime drive or walk down Ninth Avenue when the red buds are in bloom. The city’s many outdoor murals have earned Winfield the title “Mural Capital of Kansas.”
A Vietnam Memorial Wall — a replica of the Washington, D. C. monument — with the names of Kansans who died in the war, is the centerpiece of Memorial Park. The Cowley County Historical Society Museum, the Cowley County Fair and the Walnut Valley Festival are all worthy a visit.
The City of Winfield operates one of the largest municipal electric and gas utilities in the state, as well as water, sewer and refuse services.
The universally known orange Rubbermaid cooler is manufactured in Winfield, at the Newell-Rubbermaid plant. Several key employers, including Silgan, Galaxy Technology, and Husky Liners also produce plastic products. GE Aviation occupies a facility in Winfield as well as a plant at nearby Strother Field.
“The quality of life in Winfield is great, from all of the parks and recreation opportunities to the regional and national shows and festivals … Winfield is where I want to raise my children, conduct my business, and spend my life because my fellow community members have made the same decision I have and are willing to put in the work necessary to call Winfield home.”
— Dennis Clock, owner of Clock’s Medical Supply
FUN FACTS about Southwestern College
- Top Tier provider of online bachelor’s and graduate degrees as recognized by U.S.News and World Report
- Among the highest four-year graduate rate in the state
- Leadership Southwestern, Discipleship Southwestern and The Green Team are nationally recognized models for service education
- Recently renovated football stadium ($4 million) and performing arts center ($2.8 million)
- On-campus students receive a free laptop that is exchanged for a new model and software after two years
My experiences and relationships at SC were instrumental in helping me get my business off to a successful start. With mentors and professors who cared about my success, I knew I had support when I needed it.
— Brian Pettey
Founder-CEO of Robotzone, LLC.