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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)

#3 U.S. Advanced Industry Hotspot
for R&D and STEM-worker intensive industries powering regional and national economic success (Brookings Institution, 2015)

#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)

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)

#4 Best Value City for Raising a Family
quick commutes, low cost of living, and affordable cultural amenities (, 2014)

State of Kansas Rankings

#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


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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