Greater Wichita Facts-at-a-Glance
Wichita MSA Metro Quick Facts
Civilian Labor Force
|Manufacturing Employment (Percent of Total)||54,300 (18.2%)|
|Average Annual Pay - All Sectors||$44,923|
Over 90% of Wichita metro area residents 25 and over have at least a high school diploma. An additional 8.7% hold associate degrees, 20.1% hold bachelor's degrees and 11.0% have advanced degrees. Another 23.9% 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.