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Wellington, Kansas
Sign in Wellington (2006)
Sign in Wellington (2006)
Flag of Wellington, Kansas
"Wheat Capital of the World"
Location within Sumner County and Kansas
Location within Sumner County and Kansas
KDOT map of Sumner County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Sumner
Founded 1870s
Platted 1871
Incorporated 1872
Named for Duke of Wellington
 • Total 8.21 sq mi (21.27 km2)
 • Land 7.32 sq mi (18.96 km2)
 • Water 0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
1,227 ft (374 m)
 • Total 7,715
 • Density 939.7/sq mi (362.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-76475
GNIS ID 470147

Wellington is a city in and the county seat of Sumner County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 7,715.


19th century

Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Sumner County
1915 Railroad Map of Sumner County

Wellington was first surveyed in 1871 and named for the Duke of Wellington. It was designated as the permanent seat of Sumner County in 1872, winning out over competitor Sumner City. Trading with the cattle herds coming up the Chisholm Trail was an important factor in the early economy of the town.

The first post office in Wellington was established in July 1871.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington through Wellington to Caldwell. It foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".


Wellington is located at 37°16′2″N 97°24′0″W / 37.26722°N 97.40000°W / 37.26722; -97.40000 (37.267289, -97.400061), at an elevation of 1230 feet. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.19 square miles (21.21 km2), of which, 7.61 square miles (19.71 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.50 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, Wellington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Area events

  • Kansas Wheat Festival

Area attractions


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,094
1890 4,391 109.7%
1900 4,245 −3.3%
1910 7,034 65.7%
1920 7,048 0.2%
1930 7,405 5.1%
1940 7,246 −2.1%
1950 7,747 6.9%
1960 8,809 13.7%
1970 8,072 −8.4%
1980 8,212 1.7%
1990 8,411 2.4%
2000 8,647 2.8%
2010 8,172 −5.5%
2020 7,715 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,172 people, 3,246 households, and 2,105 families living in the city. The population density was 1,073.9 inhabitants per square mile (414.6/km2). There were 3,736 housing units at an average density of 490.9 per square mile (189.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.0% White, 1.7% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.3% of the population.

There were 3,246 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 37.7 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.


AT&SF Offices, Wellington, KS, August 1983 (28712072231)
AT&SF Offices (1983)

The surrounding region produced large amounts of winter wheat which was the mainstay of the local economy as of 1997. Railroads, petroleum, and aircraft parts manufacturing are other important businesses.


Wellington Public Library
Wellington Public Library (2020)

The community is served by Wellington USD 353 public school district.

Notable people

  • Ernie Barrett, Professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics (first round 7th pick in 1951 NBA draft). Also nicknamed "Mr. K-State" for his love of Kansas State and his performance as a player at Kansas State. He has a statue standing outside of Bramlage Coliseum, as well as his jersey retired. Barrett was the point guard for Wellington during their only basketball state championship in 1947.
  • Ara Bartlett, lawyer and judge. Second Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Dakota Territory.
  • Ryleigh Buck, softball player on the United States women's national baseball team at the 2015 Pan American games in Toronto, Canada they won gold. Buck currently plays softball at Wichita State University. She graduated from Wellington in 2016.
  • David Carradine, American actor and film director lived in Wellington for around a year in the early 1980s while filming his movie, Americana (film) in Drury, Kansas. While in Wellington, Carradine lived with his brother Robert Carradine and Dan Haggerty, also known as Grizzly Adams. Haggerty appeared in the film
  • Arthur S. Champeny, United States Army officer
  • Mardie Cornejo, Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets.
  • Nate Cornejo, Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers. First round draft pick.
  • Mabel Cory Costigan, child labor law advocate, served on advisory council of the National Child Labor Committee
  • Walter Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler Corporation. Chrysler briefly moved to Wellington in 1897 to join the railroad, nearly thirty years before starting the Chrysler Corporation.
  • Todd Diacon, president of Kent State University.
  • Maurice Elder, 26th pick in the 1937 NFL Draft by the Boston Redskins, football coach at Colorado State University–Pueblo from 1946 to 1951. Maternal grandfather of pro football quarterback, Jeff Garcia.
  • Phil Ferguson, politician, US Representative from the state of Oklahoma from 1935 to 1941.
  • Neil Frank, meteorologist and former director of the National Hurricane Center
  • Gary Freeman (sculptor), artist and professor emeritus at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
  • Betty Glamann, born in Wellington. She was a harpist, who played with the likes of Spike Jones and Duke Ellington.
  • Loren Hibbs, current Director of Baseball Operations at Wichita State University former head baseball coach for Charlotte baseball, in Charlotte, NC. Currently has over 801 career victories from 1993 to 2019.
  • Francis Heydt, Four time NCAA Champion swimmer and University it Michigan Hall of Honor class of 1988.
  • B. Everett Jordan, United States Senator from North Carolina.
  • Henry P. Larrabee, 49er, and rancher. Notorious for his treatment of Native Americans.
  • Gordon William Lillie, nicknamed Pawnee Bill, a showman who specialized in Wild West shows and is most known for his partnership with Buffalo Bill. Hemoved to Wellington when he was young from Illinois and was raised here.
  • Joseph E. Maddy, pioneering music educator and founder of the Interlochen Arts Camp
  • Chuck Miller, pop and jazz musician
  • Minnie Minnich, American politician in the Kansas House of Representatives.
  • Jack Mitchell, All-American quarterback at the University of Oklahoma, head football coach at Wichita State University, University of Arkansas and the University of Kansas. Publisher of Wellington Daily News
  • Kate Pelham Newcomb, physician
  • John Travis Nixon, newspaper publisher in Monroe and Crowley, Louisiana; formerly resided in Wellington in early 1880s
  • David L. Payne, American soldier and pioneer
  • Bill Rhiley, American politician in the Kansas House of Representatives.
  • Fred Roberts (American football coach), head football coach at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Karl Spear, head football coach and athletic director at Baker University.
  • Vince Wetta, American politician, Kansas House of Representatives. Wetta has resided in Wellington since 1966.
  • Kent Whealy, activist and journalist, co-founder of the Seed Savers Exchange.
  • Ed Willett, Major League Baseball player.
  • Logan Wright, Former president of the American Psychological Association.

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