Where quality means a great deal.
When it comes to cost of living, Junction City/Geary County is clearly a bargain. Sperling’s “Best Places” puts our overall costs at nearly 15% below the national average. Those ratings cover the basics: Food, housing (ours is a whopping 22% below the national average), healthcare, transportation, and utilities.
And sure, we’re a bargain. But that’s not the only reason why new residents and businesses are putting down roots here. They’re also drawn to Junction City/Geary County for the value we’ve carefully maintained:
Superb public schooling from K-12 through a Carnegie R1 University: Although Junction City/Geary County offers excellent private options, the quality of our public schools is also a matter of record. With Kansas State, a Carnegie R1 public university, just 20 minutes away, your children’s future can be secured without the kind of financial sacrifice that families in other locations are forced to make.
Life-enhancing Recreation: Milford Lake is located in the “Heart of the Kansas Flint Hills” and known as the Fishing Capitol of Kansas. . With 163 miles of shoreline and 16,000 acres of water, you’ll find outstanding fishing opportunities, plenty of camping sites, an off-road recreational area, sandy swimming beaches, dedicated horse camping area, picnic areas, jet-ski beach and plenty of room to boat. Located in the Central Flyway brings waterfowl and shorebird migration through Geary County. The land around the lake is home to the largest Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks public hunting lands in Kansas. Hunters have access to all types of terrain with a number of small and big game. The area abounds with turkey, bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, quail, greater prairie-chicken and whitetail deer.. You can hike mile after mile on a variety of trails on rivers, wetlands, prairies, pond and woodlands. Our recreational experiences aren’t just low cost, they’re priceless.
Life-saving Healthcare: Yes, our healthcare costs may be well below the national average, but the Geary County Hospital has always been well ahead. The first hospital in Kansas to offer in-vitro fertilization and the first in Kansas to offer bariatric surgery. It is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that has served as a training location for future family medicine specialists.
Year-round season of Celebrations: Our massively popular Independence Day Celebration—Sundown Salute—is Kansas’ largest free Fourth of July celebration, and just one in a year-round schedule of friendly, family-pleasing events which include the National Biplane Fly-in, Run For The Wall, Junction City Open Rodeo and Jammin' in JC Blues and BBQ.
From exceptional public education, to leading healthcare at lower costs, to free celebrations-the good life means a great deal to us in Junction City/Geary County. And that means it is also a great deal for you.