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Data Insight: Points of Pride

The Greater Wichita region is a region on the rise, regularly appearing at the top of national rankings across a wide range of industry and quality of life indicators. The following are a few of the region’s accolades and areas of recognition.

Business and Industry Success

#1 in Manufacturing Jobs as Percent of all Jobs
of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas (Brookings Institution, 2012)

#3 in Percentage of “Very High-Tech” Manufacturing Jobs
of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas (Brookings Institution, 2012)

#1 for Growth of Jobs
Over the last 10 years; 2009-2019 (Brookings, 2020)

#1 Best U.S. City for 5G Coverage
Based on each city's area that is covered by the three top U.S. carrier's 5G networks (WhistleOut, 2020)

Top 10 in Growth of Business Productivity
Over the last 10 years; 2009-2019 (Brookings, 2020)

#3 Engineering Hub in the U.S.
(Engineering Daily, 2017)

Top 20 City to Be Your Own Boss
based on percentage of self-employed, incomes, living costs, tax environment (Entrepreneur, 2017)

Top 10 for Having an Equitable Economy
(Brookings, 2020)

High Quality of Life

“One of the Coolest Cities in America”
(2019 Thrillist)

Top 10 City for First-Time Home Buyers
offering affordability, accessibility and stability (Smart Asset, 2018)

#4 Best Value City
for hotel quality ratings and prices (Trivago, 2016)

#2 City With the Lowest Cost of Living
Based on rent prices, utility costs, gas prices and internet rates in the 75 most populous US cities (Move.org, 2020)

State of Kansas Rankings

#1 for Regulatory Freedom
Based on data from the Freedom in 50 States study (Cato Institute, July 2021)

#4 Business-Friendly Regulatory Environment in the U.S.
(Pacific Research Institute 2015)

Top 10 Best Place to Make a Living
(Money Rates 2017)

1 of only 8 Constitutional Right to Work States
(National Right to Work)

Download the full list of our region's accolades

Insights

Key information for site selectors and businesses:

Andrew Nave

Executive Vice President of Economic Development

Andrew Nave

The Greater Wichita Partnership is ready to work to meet your growth goals and find the tools best suited to your situation.

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