Caldwell, located in the Southwest corner of Sumner County on Highway 49 & US 81, is rich in colorful cowboy history. The first stop on the Chisholm Trail after leaving Indian Territory, Caldwell once boasted over 18 saloons. Many famed cowboys and outlaws of yesteryear found their way to Caldwell. Today the city has kept that heritage alive and you will want to spend some time taking their walking tour around town. Businesses such as KanOkla have invested in the community and their technology to keep Caldwell "Proud of the past...Poised for the future".
A rags-to- riches story with the grit, innovation, and perseverance of brave frontiersmen is the story of Caldwell. Through 15 decades of hard work, success and strife, ups and downs, Caldwell is again reinventing herself to remain the regional hub for the Kansas-Oklahoma border area between Wichita and OKC. Built on industrialism and entrepreneurism, the town was born on beef, switching to grains as hard red winter wheat was grown all over the country.
Caldwell maintains the spirit of the Border Queen in her congeniality and hard working citizens; always ready to lend a helping hand. Health & Safety is still a priority as we provide a county hospital, ambulance/EMT, clinic, pharmacy, dental services along with local police and volunteer fire department that serves many outlying township areas. With excellent schools, grocery, restaurants, gig-speed fiber to every home and business, Caldwell is gaining new residents looking for a quiet, safe community with all the basic needs met, from retiring Boomers to young Millennials.
With a new swimming pool breaking ground, a cool coffee shop and small shops opening downtown, the surrounding beautiful Red Hills, rivers, and recreational activities, creating a life for raising a family or creating a business can and do happen here. Caldwell is truly in the middle of everywhere: Wichita’s airport is 55 minutes away; OKC and Tulsa are less than 2 hours drive.
Caldwell is proud to possess health facilities no longer found in many small towns. Caldwell has its own hospital - Sumner County Hospital District #1 - located at 601 South Osage Street.
Access to all the medical facilities in Wichita are within a reasonable driving distance.
Tele-medicine is available for emergency consultation through St. Francis Via Christi and the Tele-Kid Care Program has been implemented.
Median Age - 47.1
Bilingual - 3.2%
Average One-Way Commute - 18.5 minutes
Median Household Income - $38,438
Education - H.S. Graduation or Higher - 92.9%
Median House Value - $51,600
Median Gross Household Rent - $475
Crime Rate - 9 Total Offenses - Kansas Bureau of Investigation 2013
Combined State and Local Sales Tax - 8%
State of Kansas - 6.50%
Sumner County - 0.5%
City of Caldwell - 1.0%
Additionally, for our citizens health care needs, we have a family medical clinic, dental clinic, long term health care facilities, ambulance service and pharmacy.
The Caldwell School System (USD 360) serves a 94 square mile area in southwestern Sumner County. All attendance centers are located in Caldwell. The district is unique in that it maintains no regular bus transportation routes; instead, the parents are paid to provide transportation. Special education services are provided at the Caldwell Schools through Sumner County Education Services Interlocal, District #619. Low student to teacher ratios and the latest in technology provide a wonderful learning environment for students.
Caldwell is a member of the South Central Kansas Education Network which provides high school (and college) course offerings through a two-way interactive fiber-optic system.
School Enrollment - 257
Teacher/Student Ratio - 1:7.5
Graduation Rate - 92.7%
Data supplied by Kansas Department of Education
Caldwell Public Library
120 S. Main 1-620-845-6879
Lisa Moreland, Librarian
Monday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
The Caldwell Research Club was organized October 4, 1899. The members collected books for a reading room above the Fossett store. Later, this collection of about 600 books was moved to the city hall. Andrew Carnegie agreed to furnish $7000 to the city of Caldwell to erect a free public library building. The Caldwell Carnegie Library was one of 59 public libraries constructed in Kansas at a cost to Carnegie of $874,996. Today the library is located in downtown Caldwell.
Services: Wireless Internet, Digital Caldwell Newspapers Census, Police, and Cemetery Records, Extensive Local History Collection, and meeting rooms available.
For recreational amenities Caldwell has tennis courts, softball/baseball diamonds, basketball, track and football fields, a 9-hole golf course, a new swimming pool with slide, parks and a recreation commission. They also have a rodeo arena and the Sumner County Fair Grounds. You can keep track of Caldwell Recreation Events at www.caldwellrec.com.
Gas - Atmos Energy - 888-442-0452
Trash - City of Caldwell - 620-845-6514
Water - City of Caldwell - 620-845-6514
Fiber Internet - KanOkla Networks - 800-526-6552