Profile for Wichita, Kansas, KS
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Wichita is a city in Sedgwick County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Indian tribe.
The latitude of Wichita is 37.692N. The longitude is -97.337W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,299 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 354,617.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Wichita demographic reports
Wichita is at the junction of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers.
A trading post was established here in 1864 and the settlement grew up around it.
Birthplace of the Coleman stove. Site of the first Pizza Hut, which opened in 1958.
Public transportation: Wichita Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,227. The number of murders and homicides was 18. The violent crime rate was 6.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1979 movie, "The Attic"
Well-known residents have included:
· Kirstie Alley, actress
· Hattie McDaniel, actress
· Gale Sayers, football player
· Barry Sanders, football player
· Jim Ryan, runner
· Louise Brooks, actress
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Wright Brothers Celebration - Nov. 10, 2007
- Tallgrass Film Festival - Oct. 19-21, 2007
- Black Arts Festival - Sept. 1-3, 2007
- Wichita River Festival - May 11-19, 2007
- Kansas Book Festival - Oct. 5-6, 2007
- Asian Festival - Oct. 27, 2007
Dates often change. Check Wichita web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Wichita Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Great Plains Nature Center, Cheney State Park & Wildlife Area, Riverside Park
Wichita attractions: Sedgwick County Zoo, Botanica - The Wichita Gardens, Harrah's, Joyland Amusement Park
Sports teams: Wranglers (minor league baseball), Thunder (CHL)
Historic routes: Chisholm Trail
Historic sites and museums: Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Allen-Lambe House Museum, Exploration Place, Great Plains Transportation Museum, Indian Center Museum
Colleges and universities:
Wichita State University, Friends University, Newman University, Remington College, Wichita Technical Institute
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 87
The skies above Wichita are filled with planes -- big military ones, big commercial ones, and small ones bearing busy bees hastening to clinch deals.
-- An American Notebook
· "The Wichita Lineman"
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Ancestry & family history
21% of Wichita residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Wichita ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Wichita was $20,647, compared with $21,587 nationally.
25% of Wichita residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Wichita festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Wichita River Festival - M
- Wright Brothers Celebration - N
- Kansas Book Festival - O
- Tallgrass Film Festival - O
- Asian Festival - O
- Black Arts Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Wichita include North Topeka Avenue-10th Street Historic District, Wichita Historic Warehouse and Jobbers District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Wichita, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $398. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $869.
Libraries in Wichita include Midwest Historical and Genealogical Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library, Wichita Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Wichita include Wichita Eagle
TV stations in Wichita include KAKE, KSAS, KSNW, KWCV.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KMUW.
Sedgwick County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wichita political report.
The average commute time for Wichita workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 87 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Wichita between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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