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About The City Of Emporia

Wonderfully eclectic, with something for everyone!

Hornets are lucky to call the City of Emporia their home

ESU isn't the only thing Emporia has to offer! Local shops and restaurants, live music, block parties and community events give students lots of opportunities to connect.

Emporia, Always an Adventure!

The founding city of Veterans Day, entertainment, nightlife, concerts, cycling and disc golf. Emporia is a lot more than you were expecting. You are going to love it here.

Dirty Kanza


Emporia is home to an avid cycling community who rides and grinds gravel all year.

Ride the Flint Hills
Student playing disc golf

Disc golf

Often referred to as “Disc Golf Disneyland” by players who come here from around the world.

Disc Golf Scene
Peter Pan Park, Emporia, KS

Parks + Recreation

Emporia has lots of great parks including the David Traylor Zoo.

Emporia Parks

Lots to do just out the front door of ESU


The population of Emporia is 24,916 and the population of Lyon County is 33,690, according to the 2010 Census.

Garmin Unbound Gravel, so much more than just a bike race

Each year, Emporia hosts the Garmin UNBOUND Gravel, a bicycle gravel race through the Flint Hills of Kansas. Riders can choose from five races: 200, 100, 50, 25 and XL. Popularity of the event has grown from 34 participants in 2006, to an over 4,000 riders from every state and from countries around the world.

Emporia grinds gravel all year with weekly club rides and events like epic moonlight rides.