Health and Safety


Health and safety are important aspects of everyone's life.  In Pottawatomie County, we boast good health and low crime rates.

Table below shows the crime index for Pottawatomie County in 2018:
Reporting Agency Pop. Months Reported Crime Index Rate/1000 Violent Crime Rate/1000 Murder Rape Robbery Agg. Assault/ Battery Property Crime Rate/1000 Burglary Theft Motor Vehicle Theft
Sheriff 14,888 12  18.2 2.4 2 0 0 33 15.9 50 161 25
St. Mary's PD  2,646 11 11.7 3.0 0 0 1 7 8.7 6 13 4
Wamego PD 4,748 12 26.6 4.0 0 1 1 17 22.7 13 85 10
St. George PD 1,028 12 5.8 0.0 0 0 0 0 5.8 1 5 0
Onaga PD 688 11 1.5 0.0 0 0 0 0 1.5 0 1 0
Havensville 155 12 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
County Total 24,153   18.1 2.6 2 1 2 57 15.5 70 265 39

Pottawatomie County Crime

Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract 2018. Retrieved August 2020

Total Crime Rate per 1,000 Total Violent Rate per 1,000 Total Property Rate per 1,000
2013 383 17.0 38 1.7 345 15.3
2014 336 14.6 52 2.3 284 12.4
2015 345 14.9 50 2.2 295 12.7
2016 336 14.3 59 2.5 277 11.8
2017 347 14.5 53 2.2 294 12.3
Health Outcomes
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Crime Map

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According to County Health Rankings, in addition to health, Pottawatomie County also ranks well in safety. From 2010 to 2012 there were only 46 violent crimes throughout the county. The Table below shows the low rate of crime in Pottawatomie County in 2016, compared to the State of Kansas which had the rate of 30.6, 3.7, and 26.8 per 1,000 for the total crime, violent crime, and property crime respectively.

Mission

Health Outcomes

Health outcomes in the County Health Rankings represent measures of how long people live and how healthy people feel. Length of life is measured by premature death (years of potential life lost before age 75) and quality of life is measured by self‐reported health status (percent of people reporting poor or fair health and the number of physically and mentally unhealthy days within the last 30 days) and the % of low birth weight newborns. Detailed information on the underlying measures is available at countyhealthrankings.org.

Life expe
Infant mortality

Pottawatomie County has a sufficient amount of Dental Health Professionals in the area.  According to the Kansas Statistical Abstract in 2016, Pottawatomie county is not designated as a Dental Health Professional shortage area or a Primary Care Health Professional shortage area.  Cancer deaths per 10,000 people are, on average, lower than the state of Kansas with a rate of 12.8 and 18.49, respectively.  According to Census Reporter, Pottawatomie County also has a higher fertility rate than the United States and Kansas with a rate of 8.7% for women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth last year.

Health Care Providers

Wamego City Hospital is a 25-bed facility. There are several general practitioners on staff, as well as a number of associate and courtesy staff specialists. Emergency care is provided in a new state-of-the-art emergency facility. The hospital also has its own laboratory, radiology and physical therapy departments, CT Scan and MRI services. Wamego City Hospital  

711 Genn Dr.
Wamego, KS 66547 
785-456-2295

Community HealthCare System (CHCS) is a first-class, nonprofit health care system with a longstanding tradition of providing compassionate, high-quality care to the rural communities of northeast Kansas. As we continue to integrate and expand into the areas we serve, CHCS is making it easier for Kansans to access the care they need by offering: emergancy room, family practice medical clinic, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, cardiology specialty clinic, ear nose and throat specialty clinic, and much, much more.

120 W. 8th St.
Onaga, Kansas 66521
785-889-4272

Health Care Statistics 



  • 168 hospital beds in 2 hospitals
  • 1,210 admissions, 7.2 per bed
  • 371 personnel
  • 121,648 outpatient visits
  • 1,191 persons per physician
  • 17 M.D. physicians and 2 D.O. physicians
  • 2,589 persons per dentist, with 9 active dentists
  • 3 assisted living homes with 112 beds
  • 3 nursing facilities with 152 beds
Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract 2016.