Ellsworth is a city located in Ellsworth County, Kansas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,965. It is the county seat of Ellsworth County.
The city is named for Fort Ellsworth, which was built in 1864. Due to speculation on imminent railroad construction, the population of Ellsworth boomed to over two thousand by the time it was incorporated in 1867.
Today, the largest employer in Ellsworth is the Kansas State Ellsworth Correctional Facility. Ellsworth also has a local newspaper, the Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter.
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