Wichita, KS

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Living in Wichita

Wichita is a large city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 389,255 people and 104 constituent neighborhoods, Wichita is the largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities, Wichita isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Wichita are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wichita is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wichita who work in office and administrative support (12.03%), sales jobs (9.88%), and management occupations (8.06%).

Also of interest is that Wichita has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Wichita is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Wichita. This makes Wichita a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Wichita presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Wichita is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 86.07% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Wichita. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Wichita landscape.

In terms of college education, Wichita is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.98% of adults in Wichita have a college degree.

The per capita income in Wichita in 2010 was $27,723, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,892 for a family of four. However, Wichita contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wichita is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wichita home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wichita residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Wichita also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.04% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wichita include German, Irish, English, French, and European.

The most common language spoken in Wichita is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.