A REGION ON THE RISE
South-central Kansas used to be called one of the country’s best-kept secrets.
Today, Wichita and the surrounding region, regularly appears at the top of national rankings in a wide range of industries and quality of life indicators. The following are just a few of the region’s most-recent accolades.
South-central Kansas is "the Most Manufacturing-Specialized" Region in the U.S.
#1 in Manufacturing Jobs as Percent of All Jobs
#3 in Percent of Manufacturing Jobs Classified as “Very High-Tech”
#3 U.S. Advanced Industry Hotspot
22nd in Jobs Involving STEM Occupations (link)
#3 in Innovation Partnership Funding between Business and Academia
No. 3 Engineering Capital in the Nation
#1 site for Aerospace Manufacturing Facilities
Highest Concentration of Aerospace Manufacturing Employment in the Nation
Wichita Aviation Companies Delivered 43% of All General Aviation Airplanes built in the U.S.
Between NCAT's aviation building and advanced manufacturing building, an entire business jet could be made from design to finish.
Manufacturing accounts for 17.4% of Wichita metro area employment – nearly double the national percentage (8.8%)
#16 Best City to Start a Business in 2015
#13 for Military Friendly Cities in 2013
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita ranks sixth for family practice physicians
Wichita’s cost-of-living is 9% below the national average
Purchasing a home in Wichita is 44% cheaper than the national median price
Newly built home prices in Wichita are 31% below national average
Apartment rent is 32% lower in Wichita than national average
#4 Best Value City
#4 Best Cheap City for Raising a Family
Living in “The Air Capital of the World”
#1 City for First-Time Home Buyers
#6 Best-Bang-For-The-Buck City
#2 Best-Bang-For-Your-Buck City in which to Rent
#1 Least Congested City; Commute time is 27% shorter than national average
Top 50 Sunniest Cities in the U.S.
#11 for large cities where bike commuting is growing the fastest
#5 among U.S. cities for architecture and engineering jobs
Wichita ranked in the top 20 cities to be your own boss
Wichita ranked as a top 5 city for low startup costs
BUSINESS RANKINGS - STATE
#4 business-friendly regulatory environment in the nation
#5 business-friendly state
Top 10 best place to make a living
Top 20 business-friendly litigation environment
18th in overall livability
Area Development Shovel Awards earned every year since 2010
6th lowest industrial natural gas total delivered cost
Kansas is one of only eight Constitutional Right To Work states
All business machinery and equipment exempt from property tax