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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

#4 in Manufacturing Jobs as Percent of all Jobs
of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas (based on Lightcast data, 2021)

#1 in Percentage of “Very High-Tech” Manufacturing Jobs
of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas (based on Lightcast data, 2021)

#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)

Named one of the Best-Ran Cities in the U.S.
Based on financial stability, education, healthy, safety, economy, nfrastructure and pollution (WalletHub, 2023)

#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)

#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 (, 2020)

Top 3 Most Affordable U.S. Cities for Working Adults
Using data from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau (Site Selection Magazine, 2024)

Wichita is the 4th Best City to Move to in 2024
Based on housing costs, cost of living, crime rates, air quality, quality of education, median income, employment rates, weather, entertainment establishments, average commute time and net migration to the city. (Forbes, 2024)

Wichita Ranks 17th for U.S. Metros Using the Most Active Forms of Transportation
Based on a study of nearly 850 million people from 794 cities across the world, the data compares who commutes by private car, public transportation or active travel (i.e, walking, cycling or both). (Complexity Science Hub"The ABC of mobility", by R. Prieto-Curiel and J.p. Ospina, Environment Internaltional, Elsevier Ltd., March 2024)


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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