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Pull Factor/Retail Sales


The pull factor is a calculation that identifies how much retail business is leaving your community in comparison to the population.  A retail pull factor of 1 is neutral; there are as many people coming into the community to shop as are going elsewhere.  A retail pull factor of less than 1 means there are more people leaving your community to shop than are coming in from the surrounding area.  A retail pull factor greater than 1 means more people come to the community to shop than go elsewhere.

The City of Hays enjoys a 1.66 pull factor, one of the highest in the state.  Our geographical location and access, coupled with national chain store locations and a unique downtown shopping experience, make Hays a retail destination for a large number of western Kansas shoppers.

The City of Hays has enjoyed significant growth in retail sales over the last few years.  Again, a combination of location and variety makes Hays a destination for many shoppers.

Retail Sale Revenue  2013 to 2018

  • 2013 - $474,127,000
  • 2014 - $473,707,000
  • 2015 - $448,252,000
  • 2016 - $586,915,542
  • 2017 - $582,324,800
  • 2018 - $585,866,342