Wichita is a large city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 389,938 people and 104 constituent neighborhoods, Wichita is the largest community in Kansas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wichita is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wichita is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wichita who work in office and administrative support (11.67%), sales jobs (10.28%), and management occupations (8.11%).
Also of interest is that Wichita has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Wichita, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Wichita is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Wichita a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Wichita is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
Wichita is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 86.22% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Wichita. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Wichita landscape.
In terms of college education, Wichita is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.07% of adults in Wichita have a college degree.
The per capita income in Wichita in 2018 was $28,806, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $115,224 for a family of four. However, Wichita contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wichita is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wichita home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wichita residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Wichita also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.20% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wichita include German, Irish, English, European, and French.
The most common language spoken in Wichita is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.