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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population388,033
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens12.7%
Employed Population 16+182,132
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married47%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.9%
Median Earnings25+$34,257
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,693
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,483

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,272
% Above Poverty Level82.9%
% Below Poverty Level17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone33.1%
Median Gross Rent$736
Median House Value$120,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.8%
German21.1%
Irish9.8%
English7.5%
African2.2%
French Except Basque2.2%
Scottish1.9%
Italian1.8%
Dutch1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Polish1%
Norwegian0.8%
Russian0.7%
Arab0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Czech0.6%
Danishn0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Wichita Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sedgwick County
Standard Zip Codes67202, 67203, 67205, 67209, 67210, 67211, 67212, 67213, 67214, 67215, 67216, 67217, 67218, 67223, 67227, 67228, 67230, 67232, 67235, 67276, 67206, 67207, 67208, 67204, 67219, 67220, 67226, 67221
P.O. Box Zip Codes67201, 67275, 67277, 67278
Company Zip Codes67260
Phone Area Codes316
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude37.68
Approximate Longitude-97.34

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)

StationWICHITA MID-CONTINENT AP
Distance6 miles
Jan Temp20 to 40 F
Apr Temp44 to 67 F
Jul Temp69 to 93 F
Oct Temp47 to 70 F
Annual Precip30.3 inches
StationWELLINGTON
Distance29.8 miles
Jan Temp20 to 42 F
Apr Temp44 to 68 F
Jul Temp70 to 94 F
Oct Temp46 to 72 F
Annual Precip32.5 inches
StationHUTCHINSON 10 SW
Distance41.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 40 F
Apr Temp41 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 93 F
Oct Temp43 to 70 F
Annual Precip30.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bel Aire7,214$94,766
Eastborough742$150,625
Haysville11,393$58,750
Kechi2,352$96,161
Maize4,414$72,296
Park City7,273$63,000

Wichita Public Libraries

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) 962-2000
Kansas Heart Hospital
(Proprietary)
3601 North Webb Road
(316) 630-5000
Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
8338 West 13th Street
(316) 729-9999
Robert J. Dole Va Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
5500 E Kellogg Ave
Select Specialty Hospital Wichita
(Proprietary)
929 North St Francis 5th & 6th Floors
(316) 261-8303
Amg Specialty Hospital-wichita
(Proprietary)
8080 E Pawnee
(316) 682-0004
Kansas Spine Hospital Llc
(Proprietary)
3333 North Webb Road
(316) 462-5000
Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital Inc
(Non-profit)
1151 N Rock Road
(316) 634-3400
Via Christi Hospital Harry
3600 E Harry St
(316) 685-1111
Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center
(Proprietary)
2770 N Webb Road
(316) 634-0090
Via Christi Hospitals Wichita Inc
(Non-profit)
929 North St Francis Street
(316) 268-5000
Galichia Heart Hospital
(Proprietary)
2610 North Woodlawn
(316) 858-2610
Via Christi Hospital Wichita St Teresa Inc
(Non-profit)
14800 West St Teresa
(316) 268-5000

Wichita Public Schools

Wichita Learning Center
412 N. Main
ZIP: 67202
(316) 973-7915
High
Total Enrollment 820
Learning? Eschool Of Wichita
412 South Main Street
ZIP: 67202
(316) 973-5181
Other
Total Enrollment 229
O K Elem
1607 N West
ZIP: 67203
(316) 973-0600
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Black Traditional Magnet Elem
1045 High
ZIP: 67203
(316) 973-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Marshall Middle School
1510 Payne
ZIP: 67203
(316) 973-9000
Middle
Total Enrollment 547
Woodland Health / Wellness Magnet Elem
1705 Salina
ZIP: 67203
(316) 973-0100
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
North High
1437 Rochester
ZIP: 67203
(316) 973-6300
High
Total Enrollment 2180
Park Elementary
1025 N Main
ZIP: 67203
(316) 973-5250
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
Riverside Leadership Magnet Elementary
1001 Porter
ZIP: 67203
(316) 973-4050
Primary
Total Enrollment 273
Earhart Environ Magnet Elem
4401 N Arkansas
ZIP: 67204
(316) 973-3250
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Cloud Elem
1212 W 25th St No
ZIP: 67204
(316) 973-9200
Primary
Total Enrollment 665
Pleasant Valley Middle School
2220 W 29th N
ZIP: 67204
(316) 973-8000
Middle
Total Enrollment 615
Pleasant Valley Elem
2000 W 29th St No
ZIP: 67204
(316) 973-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Ortiz Elementary School
3361 N Arkansas Ave
ZIP: 67204
(316) 973-9785
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Mclean Science/tech Magnet Elem
2277 Marigold Lane
ZIP: 67204
(316) 973-8250
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Maize South Middle School
3403 N Tyler Rd
ZIP: 67205
(316) 722-0421
Middle
Total Enrollment 869
Maize South Elementary
3404 N Maize Road
ZIP: 67205
(316) 462-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 663
Maize South High School
3701 N. Tyler Road
ZIP: 67205
(316) 462-8000
High
Total Enrollment 759
Minneha Core Knowledge Elem
701 N Webb Road
ZIP: 67206
(316) 973-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 628
Coleman Middle School
1544 N Governeour
ZIP: 67206
(316) 973-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 487
Price-harris Communications Magnet
706 N Armour Dr
ZIP: 67206
(316) 973-1650
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Bostic Traditional Magnet Elem
8103 E Gilbert
ZIP: 67207
(316) 973-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
Seltzer Elem
11660 E Lincoln
ZIP: 67207
(316) 973-4001
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Clark Elem
650 S. Apache
ZIP: 67207
(316) 973-5850
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Beech Elem
1830 S Cypress
ZIP: 67207
(316) 973-9800
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Adams Elem
1002 N Oliver
ZIP: 67208
(316) 973-2650
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
College Hill Elem
211 N Clifton
ZIP: 67208
(316) 973-9600
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Hyde Intl Studies/commun Elem Magnet
210 N Oliver
ZIP: 67208
(316) 973-0650
Other
Total Enrollment 310
Robinson Middle School
328 N Oliver
ZIP: 67208
(316) 973-8600
Middle
Total Enrollment 799
Benton Elem
338 S Woodchuck Ln
ZIP: 67209
(316) 973-3300
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
Wineteer Elem
8801 Ent Dr
ZIP: 67210
(316) 684-9373
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Jardine Technology Middle Magnet
3550 Ross Parkway
ZIP: 67210
(316) 973-4300
Middle
Total Enrollment 460
Colvin Elem
2820 S Roosevelt
ZIP: 67210
(316) 973-7600
Primary
Total Enrollment 773
Linwood Elementary
1654 S. Hydraulic
ZIP: 67211
(316) 973-8100
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Chisholm Life Skills Center
2515 E Osie
ZIP: 67211
(316) 973-9500
High
Total Enrollment 81
Gardiner Elem
1951 S. Laura
ZIP: 67211
(316) 973-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 641
East High
2301 E Douglas
ZIP: 67211
(316) 973-7200
High
Total Enrollment 2218
Harry Street Elem
1605 S. Market
ZIP: 67211
(316) 973-0700
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Mead Middle School
2601 E Skinner
ZIP: 67211
(316) 973-8500
Middle
Total Enrollment 592
Hamilton Middle School
1407 S Broadway
ZIP: 67211
(316) 973-5350
Middle
Total Enrollment 572
Peterson Elem
9710 W Central
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-0400
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Levy Sp Ed Center
400 N Woodchuck
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-3400
Other
Total Enrollment 66
Dodge Literacy Magnet
4801 W 2nd
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-3150
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
Northwest High
1220 N Tyler Rd
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-6000
High
Total Enrollment 1399
Mccollom Elem
1201 Waddington
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-0350
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Wilbur Middle School
340 N Tyler Rd
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-1100
Middle
Total Enrollment 859
Hadley Middle School
1101 Dougherty
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-7800
Middle
Total Enrollment 551
Kensler Elem
1030 Wilbur Lane
ZIP: 67212
(316) 973-1350
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Franklin Elem
214 S Elizabeth
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-9850
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
West High
820 S Osage
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-3600
High
Total Enrollment 1426
Mayberry Cultural And Fine Arts Magnet Middle
207 S Sheridan
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 606
Metro Meridian Alt High
301 S Meridian
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-0550
High
Total Enrollment 149
Allison Traditional Magnet Middle
221 S Seneca
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-4800
Middle
Total Enrollment 537
Stanley Elem
1749 S Martinson
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-1300
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Payne Elem
1601 S Edwards
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-7850
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
Lawrence Elem
3440 W Maple
ZIP: 67213
(316) 973-9900
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Washington Accelerated Learning Elem
424 N. Pennsylvania
ZIP: 67214
(316) 973-1150
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Spaght Multimedia Magnet
2316 E 10th
ZIP: 67214
(316) 973-7300
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
Metro Blvd Alt High
1847 N Chautauqua
ZIP: 67214
(316) 973-0500
High
Total Enrollment 92
Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet
1243 N Market
ZIP: 67214
(316) 973-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
L'ouverture Computer Technology Magnet
1539 N Ohio
ZIP: 67214
(316) 973-5050
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Irving Elementary
1642 N Market
ZIP: 67214
(316) 973-0050
Primary
Total Enrollment 481
Mueller Aerospace/engineering Discovery Magne
2500 E 18th
ZIP: 67214
(316) 973-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Oatville Elem
4335 S Hoover
ZIP: 67215
(316) 554-2290
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Anderson Elem
2945 S Victoria
ZIP: 67216
(316) 973-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 647
Wells Alternative Middle School
1221 E Galena Suite 373
ZIP: 67216
(316) 973-7650
Middle
Total Enrollment 25
White Elem
5148 S Kansas
ZIP: 67216
(316) 973-1250
Primary
Total Enrollment 686
Sowers Alternative High School
2400 Wassall St
ZIP: 67216
(316) 973-1600
High
Total Enrollment 61
Greiffenstein Alternative Elementary
1221 E Galena Suite 329
ZIP: 67216
(316) 973-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 18
Paul B Cooper Elem
4625 Juniper
ZIP: 67216
(316) 554-0934
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Oaklawn Elem
5000 S Clifton
ZIP: 67216
(316) 554-0704
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
Ruth Clark Elementary K-5
1900 W. 55th Street South
ZIP: 67217
(316) 554-2333
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
James Enders Elementary
3030 S Osage
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-6750
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Cessna Elem
2101 W 45th S
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Truesdell Middle School
2464 S Glenn
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-3900
Middle
Total Enrollment 960
Kelly Liberal Arts Academy
3143 S Millwood
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-4150
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Campus High Haysville
2100 W 55th St South
ZIP: 67217
(316) 554-2236
High
Total Enrollment 1742
South High
701 W 33rd S
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-5450
High
Total Enrollment 1701
Woodman Elem
2500 Hiram
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-0200
Primary
Total Enrollment 676
Cleaveland Traditional Magnet Elementary
3345 W 33rd S
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-8750
Primary
Total Enrollment 263
Enterprise Elem
3605 S Gold
ZIP: 67217
(316) 973-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Curtis Middle School
1031 S Edgemoor
ZIP: 67218
(316) 973-7350
Middle
Total Enrollment 697
Allen Elem
1881 S Elpyco
ZIP: 67218
(316) 973-1750
Primary
Total Enrollment 552
Caldwell Elem
1441 S Edgemoor
ZIP: 67218
(316) 973-0800
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Jefferson Elem
4615 E Orme
ZIP: 67218
(316) 973-3000
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Griffith Elem
1802 S Bluff
ZIP: 67218
(316) 973-8900
Primary
Total Enrollment 580
Southeast High
903 S Edgemoor
ZIP: 67218
(316) 973-2700
High
Total Enrollment 1550
Heights High
5301 N Hillside
ZIP: 67219
(316) 973-1400
High
Total Enrollment 1201
Gordon Parks Academy
2201 E. 25th St.
ZIP: 67219
(316) 973-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
Stucky Middle School
4545 N Broadview Circle
ZIP: 67220
(316) 973-8400
Middle
Total Enrollment 597
Jackson Elementary
2717 N Woodlawn
ZIP: 67220
(316) 973-1200
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Buckner Performing Arts Magnet Elem
3530 E 27th N
ZIP: 67220
(316) 973-9350
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Brooks Magnet Middle School
3802 E 27th N
ZIP: 67220
(316) 973-6450
Middle
Total Enrollment 568
Gammon Elem
3240 N Rushwood
ZIP: 67226
(316) 973-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Circle Greenwich Elementary
3250 N Greenwich Rd
ZIP: 67226
(316) 315-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Robert M. Martin Elementary
2342 N. 159th St East
ZIP: 67228
(316) 218-4720
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Wheatland Elementary
15200 E. 21st Street
ZIP: 67230
(316) 218-4820
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Christa Mcauliffe Academy
2055 S 143rd E
ZIP: 67230
(316) 973-9985
Primary
Total Enrollment 682

Wichita Private Schools

St Patrick Catholic School
2023 N Arkansas Ave
ZIP: 67203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 183
Word Of Life Traditional School
3841 N Meridian Ave
ZIP: 67204
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 197
St Jude Catholic School
3030 N Amidon Ave
ZIP: 67204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 202
Branches Academy
2544 N Maize Ct Ste 300
ZIP: 67205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Holy Cross Lutheran School
600 N Greenwich Rd
ZIP: 67206
Elementary
Total Enrollment 149
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
1215 N Stratford Ln
ZIP: 67206
Elementary
Total Enrollment 593
Kapaun Mt Carmel Catholic High School
8506 E Central Ave
ZIP: 67206
Secondary
Total Enrollment 903
Trinity Academy
12345 E 21st St N
ZIP: 67206
Secondary
Total Enrollment 300
Independent School
8317 E Douglas Ave
ZIP: 67207
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 521
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
125 N Quentin St
ZIP: 67208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 390
Morning Star Christian Academy
1156 N Oliver
ZIP: 67208
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
Holy Savior Catholic Academy
4640 E 15th St N
ZIP: 67208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
Christ The King Elementary School
4501 W Maple St
ZIP: 67209
Elementary
Total Enrollment 120
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
8101 W Central Ave
ZIP: 67212
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1149
St Francis Of Assisi School
853 N Socora St
ZIP: 67212
Elementary
Total Enrollment 707
St Joseph Catholic School
139 S Millwood St
ZIP: 67213
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
St Peter Catholic School
11010 Southwest Blvd
ZIP: 67215
Elementary
Total Enrollment 379
St Margaret Mary School
2635 S Pattie St
ZIP: 67216
Elementary
Total Enrollment 161
Bethany Lutheran School
1000 W 26th St S
ZIP: 67217
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
St Anne Elementary School
1121 W Regal St
ZIP: 67217
Elementary
Total Enrollment 178
Bethel Life School
3777 S Meridian Ave
ZIP: 67217
Elementary
Total Enrollment 108
All Saints Catholic Elementary
3313 Grand St
ZIP: 67218
Elementary
Total Enrollment 240
Three Angels Seventh-day Adventist School
4558 N Hydraulic St
ZIP: 67219
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Heartspring School
8700 E 29th St N
ZIP: 67226
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 55
Annoor Islamic School
6655 E 34th St N
ZIP: 67226
Elementary
Total Enrollment 100
Central Christian Academy
2900 N Rock Rd
ZIP: 67226
Elementary
Total Enrollment 497
Magdalen Catholic School
2221 N 127th St E
ZIP: 67226
Elementary
Total Enrollment 455
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
645 N 119th St W
ZIP: 67235
Elementary
Total Enrollment 671
Wichita Friends School
14700 W Us Highway 54
ZIP: 67235
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
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