Sign in Wellington (2006)
"Wheat Capital of the World"
|Named for||Duke of Wellington|
|• Mayor||Shelly Hansel|
|• Total||8.19 sq mi (21.21 km2)|
|• Land||7.61 sq mi (19.71 km2)|
|• Water||0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)|
|Elevation||1,230 ft (370 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,000/sq mi (390/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS ID||0470147 |
Wellington was platted in 1871 and named for the Duke of Wellington. It was designated as the Sumner County seat in 1872, winning out over Sumner City according to the Wellington library. Cattle herders coming up the Chisholm Trail helped to build the early town's economy.
The first post office in Wellington was established in July 1871.
In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a north-south branch line from Herington through Wellington to Caldwell. Creditors foreclosed on it 1891 and the railroad was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, 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  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.(37.267289, -97.400061),
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.
- Aviation Fest
- Kansas Wheat Festival
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,172 people, 3,246 households, and 2,105 families residing 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.
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 8,647 people, 3,422 households, and 2,306 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,529.6 people per square mile (590.9/km²). There were 3,795 housing units at an average density of 671.3 per square mile (259.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.36% White, 1.71% African American, 1.24% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.58% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.26% of the population.
There were 3,422 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,410, and the median income for a family was $43,493. Males had a median income of $34,368 versus $22,254 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,790. About 8.9% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
The surrounding region produced large amounts of winter wheat which was the mainstay of the local economy as of 1997[update]. Railroads, petroleum, and aircraft parts manufacturing are other important businesses.
Wellington is also home to the Wellington Daily News.
- 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.
- 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 1980's 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.
- 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.
- Nate Cornejo, major league baseball player for the Detroit Tigers. First round draft pick.
- Maurice Elder, football coach at Colorado State University–Pueblo from 1946-1951. 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
- Loren Hibbs, head baseball coach for Charlotte baseball, in Charlotte, NC. Currently has over 800 career victories.
- Pawnee Bill, named Gordon William Lillie, a showman who specialized in Wild West shows and is most known for his partnership with Buffalo Bill. Pawnee Bill moved 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
- 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
- Montie Rissell, serial killer, born in Wellington, lived there until he was seven years old. Murdered five people and raped 12 more in Virginia from 1976 to 1977
- Vince Wetta, American politician, Kansas House of Representatives. Wetta has resided in Wellington since 1966.
- Tyler Ybarra, Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies. Ybarra graduated from Wellington High School in 2008 and currently resides there.
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- Rock Island Rail History
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- Climate Summary for Wellington, Kansas
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