Health and Safety

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

Pottawatomie County has a sufficient amount of Dental Health Professionals in the area.  According to the Kansas Statistical Abstract in 2014, 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 17.63 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.

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. Pottawatomie County's violent crime rate per 100,000 people is only 214.  The state of Kansas has a violent crime rate of 360/100,000. The table below shows crime trends in the county.

Pottawatomie County Crime

Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract 2015.

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
Change -47 -2.4 +14 +0.6 -61 -2.9
"Our mission is to work in partnership with the community to provide prompt, professional police service that place an emphasis on enhancing the quality of life, while maintaining respect for individual rights, human dignity, building confidence and respect between the Citizens of Wamego and their police department."
 -Wamego Law Enforcement Center Mission Statement

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
  • 1,164 admissions, 6.9 per bed
  • 399 personnel
  • 111,488 outpatient visits
  • 1,226 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 2015.