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Overview

Introduction to Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, located in south-central Kansas at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, is the largest city in the state. Originally settled by Wichita Indians during the Civil War, the area attracted white settlers who formed trading posts near the river junction. Wichita quickly became a key stop along the cattle-drive route known as the Chisholm Trail. The arrival of railroads in 1872 brought additional prosperity, making Wichita a commercial center for cattle and agricultural products. Discovery of oil nearby in 1915 establishment of aircraft manufacturing plants in the 1920s caused another population explosion.

Today, Wichita is the commercial and industrial center of the state. Known as the air capital of the world, Wichita is home to Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna and Raytheon. Other important segments of the city's economy now include consumer goods, electronics and high-technology industries.

Wichita Culture

Wichita is the cultural hub of the central plains, with a symphony orchestra, several art museums and galleries, and history, transportation and aviation museums. The Kauffman Museum, located 22 miles north of the city, showcases the culture and history of the area including the immigration of the Mennonites to Kansas in the 1870s. The Old Cowtown Museum is a living re-enactment of the Old West. The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in nearby Hutchinson, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, has space artifacts from the US and Soviet space programs and an IMAX theater. The site of jazz great Charlie parker's first recording in 1940, Wichita hosts the 2-day Wichita Jazz Festival at multiple venues each April. The River Festival each spring is a 9-day event featuring all varieties of food, music and fireworks.

Wichita Sports and Leisure

The center of Wichita's sports scene is 11,500-seat Kansas Coliseum, home to minor league hockey's Wichita Thunder and arena football's Wichita Stealth. For minor league baseball, the Wichita Wranglers, a double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, play in highly regarded Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. For big league action, the parent club is 3 hours away in Kansas City. Wichita is also home to the new Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Old Town, featuring exhibits on legendary Kansans such as Gale Sayers and Wilt Chamberlain.

Wichita Outdoors

Wichita has an excellent park system, with nearly 1 park for every square mile. There are 35 golf courses in metro Wichita, 5 within the city. Cheney State Park, located 25 miles west of Wichita, has a 9,500-acre reservoir that has hosted national sailing championships. It also has nature trails and facilities for swimming, fishing and camping. El Dorado Reservoir, 25 miles east of the city on the Walnut River, is a great spot for swimming and one of the area's best lakes for bass and trout fishing. Riverside Park located on the Arkansas River is a popular spot for class and family reunions. The Sedgwick County Zoo is consistently rated as one of the best animal parks in the country.

Wichita at Night

The city has an upbeat nightlife, with an interesting mix of restaurants, bars and venues for evening entertainment.

People

Total Population 387,147
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 179,764
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 47%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,963
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,350
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,084

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,937
% Above Poverty Level 82.7%
% Below Poverty Level 17.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $716
Median House Value $119,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 9.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wichita Almanac

Category Value
County Sedgwick
Metro Area Wichita
Standard Zip Codes 67202, 67203, 67204, 67205, 67206, 67207, 67208, 67209, 67210, 67211, 67212, 67213, 67214, 67215, 67216, 67217, 67218, 67219, 67220, 67221, 67223, 67226, 67227, 67228, 67230, 67231, 67232, 67233, 67235, 67236, 67276
P.O. Box Zip Codes 67201, 67275, 67277, 67278
Company Zip Codes 67251, 67256, 67257, 67259, 67260
Phone Area Codes 316
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.692
Longitude -97.337

Wichita Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WICHITA MID-CONTINENT AP
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches
Station WELLINGTON
Distance 29.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches
Station HUTCHINSON 10 SW
Distance 41.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 40 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 93 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Wichita, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Comotara (67226)

North Wichita (67204)

Oaklawn (67216)

Oatville (67215)

Planeview (67210)

Schulte (67215)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bel Aire 7,059 $92,235
Eastborough 736 $165,625
Haysville 11,234 $60,261
Kechi 2,180 $95,511
Maize 4,054 $68,804
Park City 7,290 $63,766

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wichita Public Libraries

Library
Wichita Public Library
223 S. MAIN ST
Wichita, Kansas
(316) 261-8500
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Wichita Hospitals

WESLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
550 N HILLSIDE ST
(316) 962-2040
Emergency Service: Yes

VIA CHRISTI REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
929 N ST FRANCIS ST
(316) 268-5108
Emergency Service: Yes

GALICHIA HEART HOSPITAL LLC
(Proprietary)
2610 N WOODLAWN
(316) 858-2610
Emergency Service: No

KANSAS SURGERY & RECOVERY CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2770 N WEBB ROAD
(316) 634-0090
Emergency Service: No

KANSAS SPINE HOSPITAL LLC
(Proprietary)
3333 N WEBB ROAD
(316) 462-5338
Emergency Service: No

KANSAS HEART HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3601 N WEBB ROAD
(316) 630-5000
Emergency Service: No

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Wichita High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

EAST HIGH
2301 E DOUGLAS
316-973-7200
Serves 2,286 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

SOUTHEAST HIGH
903 S EDGEMOOR
316-973-2700
Serves 1,965 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

SOUTH HIGH
701 W 33RD S
316-973-5450
Serves 1,654 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

NORTH HIGH
1437 ROCHESTER
316-973-6300
Serves 1,638 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

NORTHWEST HIGH
1220 N TYLER RD
316-973-6000
Serves 1,538 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

HEIGHTS HIGH
5301 N HILLSIDE
316-973-1400
Serves 1,535 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

WEST HIGH
820 S OSAGE
316-973-3600
Serves 1,435 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

CAMPUS HIGH HAYSVILLE
2100 W 55TH ST SOUTH
316-554-2236
Serves 1,250 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

NORTHEAST MAGNET/DOWNTOWN CAMPUS
1847 N CHAUTAUQUA
316-973-2300
A Magnet School.
Serves 663 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

LEVY SP ED CENTER
400 N WOODCHUCK
316-973-3400
Serves 334 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

SOWERS SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER
2400 WASSALL
316-973-1600
Serves 219 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

METRO BLVD ALT HIGH
751 GEORGE WASH BLVD
316-973-0500
Serves 152 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

METRO MERIDIAN ALT HIGH
301 S MERIDIAN
316-973-0550
Serves 148 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

METRO MIDTOWN ALT HIGH
640 N EMPORIA
316-973-6350
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

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