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Gardner, Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
Founded 1857
Incorporated 1887
Named for Henry Gardner
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Total 10.31 sq mi (26.72 km2)
 • Land 10.28 sq mi (26.61 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
1,060 ft (320 m)
 • Total 23,287
 • Density 2,258.7/sq mi (871.52/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code 913
FIPS code 20-25425
GNIS ID 479553

Gardner is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 23,287. It is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area.


Gardner was founded where the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon/California Trails divided. The Santa Fe Trail sent travelers southwest through Sante Fe and Albuquerque toward Los Angeles and San Diego. The Oregon/California Trails bore west for a few miles before turning north toward the Kansas River valley, followed the Big Blue River into present-day Nebraska, followed the Platte River west, and ultimately split in present-day Wyoming, Idaho or Utah.

Gardner was founded as a Free-Stater settlement in 1857. Settled primarily by emigrants from Massachusetts, it may have been named for Henry Gardner, then governor of Massachusetts. Four years after its establishment, it became the first community in Johnson County — and perhaps the first in the state — to experience an attack by Confederate forces.

The first post office in Gardner was established in 1858.


Gardner is located at 38°48′45″N 94°55′7″W / 38.81250°N 94.91861°W / 38.81250; -94.91861 (38.812367, -94.918621). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.17 square miles (26.34 km2), of which 10.12 square miles (26.21 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gardner has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 203
1890 515 153.7%
1900 475 −7.8%
1910 514 8.2%
1920 514 0.0%
1930 493 −4.1%
1940 510 3.4%
1950 676 32.5%
1960 1,619 139.5%
1970 1,839 13.6%
1980 2,392 30.1%
1990 3,191 33.4%
2000 9,396 194.5%
2010 19,123 103.5%
2020 23,287 21.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 19,123 people, 6,644 households, and 4,938 families living in the city. The population density was 1,889.6 inhabitants per square mile (729.6/km2). There were 7,300 housing units at an average density of 721.3 per square mile (278.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.7% White, 3.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.

There were 6,644 households, of which 49.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.7% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.31.

The median age in the city was 30 years. 33.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 37.7% were from 25 to 44; 17.1% were from 45 to 64; and 5.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.


The Coleman Company's recently completed distribution center will employ a full-time staff of 160 people and a contingent work force of more than 100.

BNSF Railway built a refueling plant and office in Edgerton which is 3 miles from western Gardner. It opened in May 2013 and employs about 200.

Largest employers

According to the City's 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Unified School District No. 231 800
2 Walmart 250
3 Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital 174
4 Epic Landscape Productions 172
5 Coleman 167
6 City of Gardner 135
7 TradeNet Publishing 130
8 Price Chopper 130
9 Medical Lodge of Gardner 102
10 D.O.T. Label, Inc (ITW) 87


Gardner is part of the USD 231 school district. Located in Gardner are five out of the six elementary schools (Edgerton Elementary is the only school in the district not located in Gardner). These include Gardner Elementary, Sunflower Elementary, Madison Elementary, Nike Elementary, Grand Star Elementary, and Moonlight Elementary. The district also has three middle schools, Wheatridge, Trail Ridge, and Pioneer Ridge, and one high school (Gardner-Edgerton High School) all located in Gardner.


The Johnson County Library maintains a branch in Gardner.

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Gardner include:

  • Ray McIntire (1918-1996), engineer, inventor
  • Bubba Starling (1992- ), baseball center fielder
  • John Means (1993- ), baseball pitcher

See also

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