Greater Wichita Facts-at-a-Glance
Wichita MSA Metro Quick Facts
Civilian Labor Force
|Manufacturing Employment (Percent of Total)||52,400 (17.3%)|
|Average Annual Pay - All Sectors||$44,614|
Nearly 27.0% of Wichita metro area residents age 25 and over are high school graduates. About 7.5% hold associate degrees, 19.2% hold bachelor's degrees and 9.4% have advanced degrees. Another 26.0% 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.