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Greater Wichita Facts-at-a-Glance

Wichita MSA Metro Quick Facts




Civilian Labor Force




Unemployment Rate

Manufacturing Employment (Percent of Total)54,300 (18.2%)
Average Annual Pay - All Sectors$44,923


Educational Attainment
Over 90% of Wichita metro area residents 25 and over have at least a high school diploma.  An additional 8.7% hold associate degrees, 20.1% hold bachelor's degrees and 11.0% have advanced degrees. Another 23.9% have some college credit. Wichita public schools were among the first in the U.S. to incorporate workplace skill standards into curriculum development and graduation requirements. In April 2000, Wichita voters approved (by a 2-to-1 margin) a $284 million school bond issue to fund new school buildings, modernization and expansion of existing schools and enhanced student computer facilities. The funding also provided for installation of air conditioning in every school facility. In November 2008, voters approved a $370 million bond issue to add 275 new classrooms, 6 new schools, and 60 storm shelters. In addition, the money will pay for upgrades to technical education programs and renovations to athletic and fine arts facilities.

 Quick Facts


Median Age36.1
Kansas Corporate Income Tax -- Marginal Rate (TY 2011)7.00%
Typical Wichita Commercial Property Tax3.008%
Combined State & Local Sales Tax (Sedgwick County)7.5%
Kansas Manufacturing Worker's Comp Cost Index0.946
Economical and Reliable Utilities99.976%
EPA Air Quality Attainment AreaYES
Overall Cost of Living Index92.2
Existing (Previously Owned) Single-Family Home Median Sale Price$148,900
Newly-Built Single-Family Home Average Sale Price$249,208
Two-Bedroom Apartment Average Rent$694
Violent Crime Rate (Wichita MSA -- per 100,000 population)724.2
Property Crime Rate (Wichita MSA -- per 100,000 population)8,564
Average One-Way Commute Time19.4 minutes
Wichita Area Office Space


Vacancy Rate -- Overall20.1%
Vacancy Rate -- CBD21.5%
Vacancy Rate -- Overall Class A16.2%
Vacancy Rate -- Overall Class B21.9%
Asking Rent -- CBD Class A$17.21
Asking Rent -- CBD Class B$11.22
Asking Rent -- Suburban Class A$20.93
Asking Rent -- Suburban Class B$12.58
Wichita Area Industrial Space  


Vacancy Rate -- Overall8.3%
Asking Rent -- General Industrial$4.32
Asking Rent -- R&D / Flex$9.38
Commercial Construction Cost Index  
Wichita Commercial Construction Cost Index90.3