Regional Profile

Cloud County, Kansas has a strong and diverse economic base and is home to a variety of manufacturing, transportation and distribution, healthcare and educational institutions.

Kansas Industry Strengths 

Access to Markets

Cloud County, Kansas is located on US Highway 81, the only four-lane highway connecting I-70 and I-80, two of America’s main arteries for shipping and distribution. Highway 81 provides quick access to Denver, Kansas City, Dallas and Omaha and Chicago.  

The County also has rail access through Class I, BNSF and short line, Kyle Railroad.

Access to Educational Pipeline

Cloud County companies have access to regional education institutions, including Cloud County Community College, North Central Kansas Technical College, Salina Area Technical College and Kansas State Polytechnic. These institutions offer a wide range of certificate and degree options, including:


As the county seat, Concordia is a rural town with the feel of a big city. The pedestrian-friendly downtown business district boasts a variety of services, retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Located equidistance between Interstates 70 and 80, US Highway 81 brings business traffic and visitors from across the nation to Concordia. Concordia’s industrial area is concentrated on the eastern fringe of the city, and is home to manufacturing, agricultural supply sales, and construction trades firms. Population: 5,070


Nestled in a bend of the Republican River, Clyde is a rural farming community with small town values. Clyde offers residents a sense of security not easily found in larger cities. Located in northeast Cloud County on Kansas Highway 9 just 15 miles east of Concordia and US Highway 81. In Clyde, neighbors help neighbors and individuals strive to create and maintain the best of small-town life. Population: 716


Residents in Miltonvale enjoy a peaceful pace and affordable living. The community values an active lifestyle offering a community pool, 9-hole golf course, disc golf, large multi-faceted playground, and summer baseball leagues. Miltonvale also has an active downtown business district. Located in southeast Cloud County on US Highway 24. Population: 500


Glasco celebrates its history, honors veterans, and promotes a neighborly community spirit. Located in southwest Cloud County on US Highway 24. Glasco invests in its residents with quality Pre-k-12 education, community park and Main Street pavilion that are hubs of activity throughout the year. Population: 450


Fellowship and camaraderie are cornerstones to the small town living and rural culture in Jamestown. With over 5,000 acres of public hunting, including 1,900 acres of wetland, the area is located along a major migration route for the Central Flyway. Family-friendly community activities abound throughout the year. Population: 260


Known as a ‘little town with a big heart,’ Aurora is a town where neighbors lend a willing hand to those in need, offer support in difficult times, and celebrate in happy times. Though quiet and peaceful, the community is never lacking in activity from the park to the ball diamond to the Knights of Columbus Hall. Population: 62