Welcome to Clay Center – “The City Beautiful”

Clay Center is the county seat of Clay County. It is located at the junction of U.S.-24 and K-15, an intersection where you’ll find a strong and vibrant community featuring cultural events, an aquatic park, a city zoo, public library, beautiful golf courses, a municipal airport, retail and specialty stores. You’ll find excitement everywhere you look.


New Resident
No matter what brings you to Clay Center, we are so glad you are here, and want to get to know you! We hope you will feel most welcome in our town. If you have questions, let us know.

Our City offers three beautiful park areas with several attractions for both adults and children to enjoy. Some feature covered picnic areas, shade trees, walking trails and even a zoo.

Aquatic Park
Clay Center Aquatic Park offers something for the whole family with a lazy river, family slide, 1-meter and 3-meter boards and two large slides, all in a heated, zero-depth entry pool.

The mayor and council are the governing body for the City of Clay Center. There are four wards, two council members per ward. The governing body meets twice per month.

Contact Us
View a list of contacts for quick reference. We can be reached by email or phone during regular business hours. You can also stop by our office at 427 Court Street in Clay Center.

Online Payments
Pay fees online for a quick and easy secure transaction. Once you have submitted your payment, you will receive an email from us. Make a payment by phone at (877) 685-4493.

News & Announcements


There are so many beautiful new murals around our town! Visit  their webpage to get the interactive map, news articles, podcasts and more!

2022 Fall Clean Up Schedule

The Clay Center Street Department is starting the city wide fall pickup on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. The pickup will start at the north end of the city and will work south. Only one pass will be made so please have all acceptable items set out. Please have items set away from gas meters, telephone pedestals, water meters and away from trees as large equipment may be used to remove the items. As in the past, the city crews will not pick up household hazardous waste items such as cans of paint, used automotive fluids such as used oils or anti-freeze, any type of tires, batteries, containers of pesticides or containers of cleaning products.

If you have items such as this, please call the Clay County Landfill Director and she will be most helpful in the proper way to dispose of these items. We will not remove refrigerators or freezers that have food products in them. All items that the Street Department will pick up shall be placed in separate piles to contain only tree limbs, or furniture, or any electronic and electrical items, or items that are mostly steel or containers of household trash. Construction demolition items such as lumber, lath, plaster, insulation, shingles, cement, bricks, carpet, wood doors, windows, vinyl and wood siding and paneling should be in a pile. Attempt to keep bags of leaves free from the tree limbs and flower cuttings as they will be composted at the city compost site.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and work in properly separating these items. This is a service that is provided at no additional cost to the citizens of Clay Center. The Street Department is required to pay for the disposal of everything that is hauled to the Clay County Landfill so your cooperation in separating these items keeps the operational cost as low as possible. Citizens hauling items to the landfill in personal vehicles will be charged normal disposal rates. The city maintained compost site and brush burn site can be used at no charge as usual should citizens want to haul their own yard waste items to these sites. Keep in mind that during the fall pickup task, these is an increase in the number of people picking up items in your allies. Any items not part of the fall pickup should be kept away from the disposal items as these items may disappear.


The City of Clay Center will meet on September 20, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 427 Court, Clay Center, Kansas 67432 for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds, the amount of ad valorem tax and the Revenue Neutral Rate. View the budget summary >>

The governing body of City of Clay Center Public Recreation will meet on September 20, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall, 427 Court, Clay Center, Kansas 67432 for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds. View the budget summary >>


Clay Center – According to the Kansas Department of Revenue Fiscal 2021 Annual Report, Clay County’s Pull Factor for Retail Sales improved by 19.5%, second only to Woodson County with a significantly smaller trade area population.

The KS Dept of Revenue measures the relative strength of the retail trade for the retail business community. The Country Trade Pull Factor (CTPF) is computed by dividing the per capita sales tax of a county by the statewide per capital sale tax. A CTPF of 1.00 is a perfect balance of trade. The purchase of county residents who shop elsewhere are offset by the purchases of out of county customers. CTPF values greater than 1.00 indicates that local businesses are pulling in trade from beyond their home county borders.

Clay County improved from a CTPF in Fiscal 2020 of .78 to a CTPF in 2021 of .93, a 20.21% improvement. Other counties in the area improved as well. Cloud from .97 to .99, Geary from .86 to .90, Marshal from .93 to .94, Riley from .72 to .74, and Washington from .59 to .60.

Grow Clay County Executive Director Natalie Muruato comments, “Clay County has a broad selection of retailers from restaurants, car dealerships, special shops, farm suppliers, and building suppliers. This broad base as well as people realizing during the pandemic that they could get what they need closer to home has built this factor significantly.”  Muruato went on to say, “Clay County has a strong momentum of community pride, community growth, and community investment that will really make a difference in the years to come.”

Clay County and the adjoining counties account for 4.36% of the total state sales tax collections.

To see the full report from the Kansas Department of Revenue, visit Clay County Kansas Pull Factor

A Community of Distinction

We’ve been featured in the “Communities of Distinction” program, as well as having been chosen as a feature community for “League of Kansas Municipalities.” These feature pieces take viewers into some of the best little cities and town in the United States – towns just like ours. With its quality education system, fiber-optic Internet, modern amenities and retail and specialty stores, Clay Center is a perfect place for individuals and families who want to enjoy the best that small town living has to offer. Check out our town in the videos below!