Wichita, KS
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Wichita is a large city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 390,591 people and 104 constituent neighborhoods, Wichita is the largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wichita is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (13.87%), sales jobs (9.76%), and management occupations (8.82%).

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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Wichita is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Of the large cities in America, Wichita is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 87.09% of people in Wichita drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Wichita, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

The education level of Wichita citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.54% of adults in Wichita have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Wichita in 2010 was $26,527, 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 $106,108 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 16.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wichita include German, Irish, English, French, and Scottish.

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