In 1997, Dodge City, KS created a sales tax to develop the city's tourism base. Since that time, the city has seen the development of the Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Dodge City Raceway Park, Conference Center, United Wireless Arena, Legends Park, and Western State Bank Ag Expo Center. The city also renovated many of its Old West attractions, including the Boot Hill Museum, Santa Fe Depot, and Boot Hill Repertory Theater.

With the significant increase in tourists, Dodge City is primed to support big box retailers, national chain restaurants, hotels, and other retailers and services. The city is surrounded by primarily rural counties, which also increases the potential traffic to the city.

For assistance in finding available commercial properties and land, retail demographics, incentives, and other retail development-related information, contact the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation at 620-227-9501.

Main Street Dodge City

Main Street Dodge City is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of the downtown area in order to maintain the vibrant heart of the community. The organization strives to unite both the private and public sector by coordinating different activities that enhance and bring life to the downtown, as well as stimulate pride in the downtown by utilizing the Main street four point approach of design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring.

For more information contact Main Street Dodge City at 620-227-9501 or visit their website

Taxable Retail Sales, 2012

Nominal Sales1 (Millions of Dollars)Real Sales2 (Millions of Dollars)
1 Nominal sales are calculated by dividing the sales tax collection amount from each county by the state sales tax rate.
2 From nominal sales, real sales are calculated using the average CPI-U for the Midwest region as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract; Kansas Department of Revenue, Sales Tax Collections by County, 2011 and 2012.
523.1 238.8

Country Trade Pull Factors in Ford County, Kansas

Fiscal Years 2007-2013

2007: 0.96
2008: 0.96
2009: 0.99
2010: 1.05
2011: 1.06
2012: 1.09
2013: 1.08


Ford County has a higher sales to income ratio than the national average, due in part to tourism and sales pulled from neighboring counties. There is an opportunity to capture more of the retail sales in the area.

 Total Personal
Income ($1,000)
Retail Sales
Sales to
Income Ratio
Estimated Gain or Loss
of Retail Trade ($1,000)
United States 11,912,300,000 3,917,663,456 32.90% Comparison Area
Ford County 946,675 395,737 41.80% 84,399
Clark County 72,990 9,889 13.50% -14,116
Comanche County 63,973 10,297 16.10% -10,742
Edwards County 118,882 12,379 10.40% -26,718
Gray County 192,048 34,787 18.10% -28,373
Hodgeman County 56,833 5,906 10.40% -12,785
Kiowa County 100,915 14,583 14.40% -18,605
Meade County 160,862 20,284 12.60% -32,619