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South-central Kansas used to be called one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

Not anymore.

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

A Top City for Veterans

#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

Wichita ranks as a top 10 city for the best work-life balance

Wichita ranked most affordable city in the nation for renters

Wichita Ranks in the top 25 best cities to drive in

Top 20 best metros for remote workers

Wichita ranks #1 for digital service job growth rate

Wichita ranks #1 best city for manufacturing jobs


#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

17th 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


Energy rates are 3% lower than national average

Construction cost is 10% lower than national average

Wichita’s Class A rent average is $11.65/SF lower than national average

Wichita’s industrial rent average is over $1/SF lower than national average