Cowley County

Workforce training, entrepreneurial growth and business development are focuses for the county. Cowley has long been a leader in plastics manufacturing, aviation and food processing, along with newer, innovative technology based companies that have found great success and support locally.

With companies like Newell Rubbermaid, Westrock, Husky Liners, Inc., and Western Industries Plastics Products Group, all with a strong presence in the local plastics cluster - it's a logical place for the industry to grow.

The healthy state of existing companies, as well as new entrants into the area, is visible with one visit to Cowley County.  Schwan's recently completed a $2.2 million sales and distribution center in the Utt Business/Industrial Park in Winfield. Others like Fluid Kinetics, Galaxy Technologies, Reliable Power Products Group, and KanPak testify to the success possible in Cowley County, a semi-rural county that is adjacent to the Wichita metropolitan area.

Cowley County Data


Land Area (square miles) -- 2010


Total Population -- 201735,361

Average Population Density (per sq. mile) -- 2017


Median Age 201738.5
Educational Attainment (Population Age 25+) - 2016

   High School Graduate or Higher


   Some College -- No Degree


   Associate Degree


   Bachelor Degree or Higher

Average 1-Way Commute to Work (minutes) - 201618.4
Civilian Labor Force -- 201716,961



   Unemployment Rate

Business Establishments -- 2017801



   Average Annual Pay


Median Household Income - 2016


Source: Land Area -- 2010 Census; Population Density -- Based on 2010 Land Area and 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; Median Age, Educational Attainment, Average Commute Time and Median Household Income -- 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; Business Establishments, Employees, Average Annual Pay -- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; Labor Force Data -- Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Major Employers

  • Creekstone Farms
  • GE Engine Services
  • Galaxy Technologies
  • KanPak
  • MeadWestvaco
  • Rubbermaid
  • Western Industries
  • Winfield Consumer Products/Husky Liners