Living in Rooks County, Kansas

Rooks County is a county of just under 5,000 population located in North Central Kansas.  The county has six incorporated communities–Plainville, Stockton, Palco, Damar, Woodston, and Zurich, and the unincorporated community of Codell.  The major industries of the area are agriculture, oil production, healthcare, manufacturing, and service-related businesses.

What is life like in Rooks County?

It is Quiet Neighborhoods where kids can play outside, people can go for evening walks, or neighbors can visit from the front porch. Citizens take pride in the fact that the pace of life allows them to enjoy more time at home and less time in their cars.





It is Good Schools with low teacher-student ratios that allows for individual attention. Schools that allow students to excel in a safe, productive environment. In addition, the schools offer extra-curricular activities such as athletics, music, and drama to name a few. With small student numbers, everyone is given a chance to compete.




stk_downtownIt is Downtown Shopping areas that provide close parking, friendly help, and service that you can only get in a small town. Many of the buildings reflect the areas historic past. The city of Hays is only a short drive from our area and features a variety of retail opportunities.





It is Health Care Facilities that offer the latest in diagnostic services and doctors that provide the personal attention that is lacking in many larger cities. The Rooks County Health Center is a state-of-the-art facility that has gained attention across the state. With 3 full-time providers, and other part-time providers, RCH is able to offer a 6 day a week walk-in clinic called Doctors Without Delay. 




It is Outdoor Recreation.   Rooks County is home to Webster Reservoir and State Park, Rooks County State Fishing Lake, and Plainville Township Lake.  All allow for great outdoor experiences like fishing, boating, hiking, and more.  Plainville and Stockton both have new water parks for the kids in summer.  The Rooks County Golf Course is a nine hole grass green course open year round.




fair_midwayIt is Entertainment!!!!!
Whether you are enjoying the local county fair, attending school sporting events, visiting one of the area lakes, or just spending an afternoon in the park, we have plenty to see and do.





For more information about Rooks County, explore this website, visit the community websites, or email the Economic Development Office at