The City of McPherson was established in 1872 and within 10 years the community's population had reached 2,000. Early transcripts highlight McPherson as "one of the most flourishing towns in Central Kansas. It is the center of trade of an unrivaled agricultural country, settled by an industrious and intelligent class of people, many of who are foreign by birth. It has railroad connections from the north...giving it free community east and west."
McPherson County continues to focus on agriculture, industry and education - attracting residents who contribute to McPherson's overall economic growth and community personality. Overall City activities and development are managed by an elected City Commission including the Mayor, the Commissioner of Public Lands & Facilities and the Commissioner of Streets & Utilities. Overall City administration is committed to all residents with the ultimate goal of providing a safe, meaningful community in which to live.