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Cowley County

With concentrations such as workforce training, entrepreneurial growth and business development, it’s no wonder why businesses are prospering in Cowley County, a semi-rural county that is adjacent to the Wichita metropolitan area. The county is known as a longtime leader in plastics manufacturing, aviation, and food processing with companies like GE Aviation, Ferguson Enterprises, and Creekstone Farms.

Cowley County is home to two higher education learning institutions; Southwestern College and Cowley College. Located in Winfield, Southwestern College is a private four-year institution offering more than 40 undergraduate degrees and six graduate programs. Cowley College is a public two-year community college located in Arkansas City offering over 80 degree possibilities to over 4,500 enrolled students.

The healthy state of existing companies, as well as new entrants into the area, is visible with one visit to Cowley County.

A high concentration of plastic manufacturing with companies including Newell Rubbermaid, WestRock, Husky Liners, Inc., and Western Industries Plastics Products Group, make Cowley County a logical place for the industry to grow.

County Data

Population

34,908

Land area

1,126

Average population density

31

Median age

38.8

High School Graduate or Higher

89.9%

Some College, No Degree

27.1%

Associate Degree

11.9%

Bachelor Degree or Higher

20.1%

Average 1-Way commute to work (min)

18.9

Civilian labor force

16,298

Unemployment rate

3.4%

Unemployment

549

Number of business establishments

775

Employees

14,172

Average annual pay

$38,443

Median household income

$48,087

Sources: 2019 Population Estimates for the 10-County Region; 2010 Census; American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2014-2018; Bureau of Labor Statistics - Local Area Unemployment Statistics; Bureau of Labor Statistics - Quarterly Census of Wages 2018 Average

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