K-State Salina
2310 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401-8196
785-826-2640
1-800-248-5782

About Salina, Kansas

History

Salina's history dates back to 1856 when a colony, organized and led by Senator Preston B. Plum, located a settlement on the Saline River near the present site of the city. It was not until 1858, however, that the townsite was established by William A. Phillips and his party, which included a number of original settlers.

About Salina 

The City of Salina is the seventh-largest city in Kansas with a population of nearly 50,000. It is situated at the intersection of Interstate Highways 70 and 135, centered in one of the largest wheat producing areas of the world. 

The City serves as a regional trade center for north central Kansas. Many individuals and businesses within a 70-mile radius travel to the City to purchase consumer goods and services. This designation as a regional trade center is supported by the fact that Saline County has the third-highest retail trade pull factor of all Kansas counties, according to the Kansas State University Extension Economic Department.

Salina also has a large and diversified manufacturing base with industry leaders in lighting, automotive batteries and foods. 

Transportation

Stiefel Theatre

The Salina Regional Airport is located on the west side of Salina and has daily flights to connecting cities. Passengers can arrive just 15 minutes before their departure and parking is free. 

CityGo® is a fixed-route transit service provided by the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation that is operated and managed by the Salina-based OCCK Inc. It serves more than 65 percent of the city with safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation. 

Link to City Go salinacitygo.com/#citygo

Shopping and Entertainment

Salina has many shopping centers, from large national retailers to locally owned businesses. The Central Mall is an enclosed regional mall which is located in the south part of the City.

Salina Downtown is located in the heart of Salina and is a one-of-a kind shopping and dining destination. During the day, enjoy the family-friendly shopping, dining museums and sculptures. During the evening, be sure to experience the exciting night life.

Climate

Kansas has a typical continental climate with rather large changes in temperatures between winter (January) and summer (July) and between daytime and nighttime. There are four distinct seasons of approximate equal length. Weather in the spring and fall is moderate and comfortable. In winter, typical daily temperatures range from 4 F (-15 C) to 51 F (11 C). Typical summer temperatures are from 61 F (16 C) to 99 F (37 C).

The greatest rainfall is from April through September. During the rest of the year precipitation is light and frequently in the form of snow. The snow cover seldom lasts more than a few days.