Valley Center, Kansas

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Valley Center is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. The population was 4,883 at the 2000 census, and was estimated to be 5,958 in 2006.[3]



Valley Center was incorporated on September 29, 1885,[4] and was named for its location on the Arkansas River.

On the morning of July 17, 2007, a large explosion occurred at the Barton Solvents chemical plant in Valley Center, destroying the plant and forcing the temporary evacuation of the city.[5] Cleanup began several weeks later,[6] and the investigation was completed by mid-August.[7]


Valley Center is located at 37°49′47″N 97°22′10″W / 37.82972°N 97.36944°W / 37.82972; -97.36944 (37.829719, -97.369341)[8]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²), all of it land.

Valley Center is located two miles west of combined Interstate 135, U.S. Route 81, and K-15.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,883 people, 1,761 households, and 1,368 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,464.2 people per square mile (566.2/km²). There were 1,826 housing units at an average density of 547.5/sq mi (211.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.78% White, 0.33% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

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