Source: United States Census Bureau
FUN FACT: Winfield’s cost of living is 20 percent lower than the U.S. average.
Winfield is the county seat of Cowley County, with a population of approximately 12,000.
Winfield has twice been rated as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” in a nationwide guide.
Located among the rolling Flint Hills of south-central Kansas in the Walnut River valley, Winfield enjoys a lovely natural setting. The community combines regard for the past with a progressive attitude.
From the charm of its downtown to its “Fortune 500” companies, Winfield deserves to be labeled, as it sometimes is, “The best kept secret in Kansas.” The community considers itself part of the global economy and yet strives to keep a warm, small-town feel.
Though Winfield has a history of enterprise and education, it is the community’s charm that often captures visitors. Colorful flowers grace street corners downtown during much of the year.
A tour of Winfield’s Victorian homes points out turrets, towers, curved verandas, classic porches and delicate millwork — architectural treasures as lovely as they are historically important. Lovers of architecture are also drawn to the historic homes along Memorial Park, the four bank buildings at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Main Street, and the buildings of the former St. John’s College, now Baden Square.
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. Winfield has a city-manager form of government, with three commissioners elected at large, one of whom serves as a rotating mayor.