Wichita, KS
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Wichita is a large city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 389,965 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 (14.76%), sales jobs (10.08%), and management occupations (8.67%).

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: 0.87% 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.

In terms of college education, Wichita is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.75% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Wichita in 2010 was $24,921, 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 $99,684 for a family of four. However, Wichita contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wichita is a very 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 15.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wichita include Irish, English, French , and Scottish.

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