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Liberal is a city in Seward County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the generosity of rancher S.S. Rogers, who liberally distributed water to passing travelers.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Kansas named Liberal. For links to other places called Liberal, KS, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Liberal is 37.043N. The longitude is -100.92W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,835 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 20,067.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Liberal demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Seward County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 67901 ZIP code.
13% of Liberal residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Liberal ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Liberal was $15,108, compared with $21,587 nationally.
14% of Liberal residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Liberal, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $366. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $791.
Libraries in Liberal include Libraryeral Memorial Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Liberal include Southwest Daily Times
Seward County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Liberal political report.
The average commute time for Liberal workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Liberal between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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