Wichita, KS

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Population

390,599

0.172% growth

Median Age

35.9


Median Household Income

$50,504

2.65% growth

Poverty Rate

16.9%


Number of Employees

185,652

2.84% decline

Median Property Value

$135,100

9.39% growth

About

In 2017, Wichita, KS had a population of 391k people with a median age of 35.9 and a median household income of $50,504. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wichita, KS grew from 389,927 to 390,599, a 0.172% increase and its median household income grew from $49,202 to $50,504, a 2.65% increase.

The population of Wichita, KS is 62.2% White Alone, 17.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.4% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Wichita, KS speak a non-English language, and 94.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wichita, KS are Wichita State University (3,336 degrees awarded in 2016), Wichita Area Technical College (1,309 degrees), and Friends University (641 degrees).

The median property value in Wichita, KS is $135,100, and the homeownership rate is 58.6%. Most people in Wichita, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Wichita, KS is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Wichita, KS employs 186k people. The largest industries in Wichita, KS are Manufacturing (33,916 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (28,099 people), and Retail Trade (20,257 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,671), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,107), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,024).

Median household income in Wichita, KS is $50,504. Males in Wichita, KS have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,818. The income inequality in Wichita, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,504

2017 value

± $1,917

2.65%

1 Year Growth

± 5.78%

Households in Wichita, KS have a median annual income of $50,504, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,202 in 2016, which represents a 2.65% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,772

Average Male Salary

± $1,885

$43,818

Average Female Salary

± $1,291

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kansas made 1.41 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $48,085 ± $6,078

  2. White

    $47,920 ± $1,168

  3. American Indian

    $44,963 ± $20,117

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wichita, KS is from Kansas.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.46

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.67% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kansas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Kansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 101.15

  2. Census Tract 100.02

  3. Census Tract 100.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wichita, KS was Census Tract 101.15 with a value of $120,529, followed by Census Tract 100.02 and Census Tract 100.01, with respective values of $113,542 and $110,610.

The following map shows all of the places in Wichita, KS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wichita, KS (64.9k out of 383k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    41,397 ± 1,452

  2. Hispanic

    16,244 ± 986

  3. Black

    13,494 ± 830

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wichita, KS is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

186k

2017 Value

± 6,905

-2.84%

1 Year decline

± 5.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wichita, KS declined at a rate of -2.84%, from 191k employees to 186k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wichita, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (26,557 people), Production Occupations (16,559 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (15,883 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (26,557 people), Production Occupations (16,559 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (15,883 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Wichita, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.65 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.51 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,406), Legal Occupations ($64,194), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,274).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

186k

2017 Value

± 6,905

-2.84%

1 Year decline

± 5.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wichita, KS declined at a rate of -2.84%, from 191k employees to 186k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wichita, KS, are Manufacturing (33,916 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (28,099 people), and Retail Trade (20,257 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wichita, KS, though some of these residents may live in Wichita, KS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Wichita, KS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (33,916 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (28,099 people), and Retail Trade (20,257 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Wichita, KS has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.89 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.41 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wichita, KS, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,671), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,107), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,024).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.8B

  2. $24.1B

  3. $22B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.8B, followed by Cereal grains ($24.1B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($22B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kansas trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $357B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.9B

  2. $18.4B

  3. $17.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $25.9B, followed by Texas with $18.4B and Nebraska and $17.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.7% of the population of Wichita, KS has health coverage, with 47.4% on employee plans, 16.4% on Medicaid, 11.3% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.67% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Wichita, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Wichita, KS see 1320 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1764 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 556 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,320 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1,320 patients per year. This represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1,333 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kansas in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.3%

Uninsured

47.4%

Employer Coverage

16.4%

Medicaid

11.3%

Medicare

11.9%

Non-Group

1.67%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wichita, KS declined by 1.85% from 11.5% to 11.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wichita, KS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kansas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Wichita, KS is home to a population of 391k people, from which 94.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.3% of Wichita, KS residents were born outside of the country (40.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Wichita, KS is composed of 243k White Alone residents (62.2%), 68.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.5%), 40.8k Black or African American Alone residents (10.4%), 19.5k Asian Alone residents (5%), 16.2k Two or More Races residents (4.16%), 1.44k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.368%), 1.01k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.258%), and 81 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0207%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wichita, KS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wichita, KS was 35.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Wichita, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wichita, KS residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

40.1k people

10.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

40.1k people

As of 2017, 10.3% of Wichita, KS residents (40.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wichita, KS was 10.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    75,244 ± 6,647 people

  2. India

    14,140 ± 2,912 people

  3. China

    10,007 ± 2,452 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 75,244 Kansas residents, followed by India with 14,140 and China with 10,007.

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Citizenship

94.3%

2017 Citizenship

94%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.3% of Wichita, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wichita, KS was 94%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    243k ± 3.54k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    68.4k ± 7.34k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    40.8k ± 2.71k

In 2017, there were 3.56 times more White Alone residents (243k people) in Wichita, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 68.4k Hispanic or Latino and 40.8k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Wichita, KS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Wichita, KS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Wichita, KS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Wichita, KS are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,898 ± 1,053

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,629 ± 1,496

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,577 ± 753

Wichita, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Wichita, KS awarded 7,102 degrees. The student population of Wichita, KS is skewed towards women, with 10,919 male students and 13,351 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wichita, KS are White (4,428 and 67.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (703 and 10.7%), Black or African American (549 and 8.37%), and Asian (326 and 4.97%).

The largest universities in Wichita, KS by number of degrees awarded are Wichita State University (3,336 and 47%), Wichita Area Technical College (1,309 and 18.4%), and Friends University (641 and 9.03%).

The most popular majors in Wichita, KS are General Business Administration & Management (411 and 5.79%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (406 and 5.72%), and Medical Assistant (270 and 3.8%).

The median tuition costs in Wichita, KS are $26,483 for private four year colleges, and $6,385 and $15,124 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 219 degrees awarded

  2. 178 degrees awarded

  3. 166 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Wichita, KS was Registered Nursing with 219 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Wichita, KS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,336 degrees awarded

  2. 1,309 degrees awarded

  3. 641 degrees awarded

$6,385

Median In-State Public

$26,483

Median Private

In 2016, the Wichita, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wichita State University with 3,336 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,875

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,227

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,875 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wichita, KS, which is 0.68 times less than the 4,227 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Wichita, KS by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,428 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    703 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    549 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wichita, KS were to White students. These 4,428 degrees mean that there were 6.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 703 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wichita, KS was $135,100 in 2017, which is 0.621 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $123,500 to $135,100, a 9.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Wichita, KS is 58.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wichita, KS have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wichita, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,504

Median Household Income

± $1,917

153k

Number of Households

± 6,023

In 2017, the median household income of the 153k households in Wichita, KS grew to $50,504 from the previous year's value of $49,202.

The following chart displays the households in Wichita, KS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$135,100

2017 Median

± $3,674

$123,500

2016 Median

± $3,987

In 2017, the median property value in Wichita, KS grew to to $135,100 from the previous year's value of $123,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wichita, KS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wichita, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Wichita, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wichita, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

58.6%

2017 Homeownership

59.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 58.6% of the housing units in Wichita, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 59.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Wichita, KS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Wichita, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wichita, KS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wichita, KS have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.832% of the workforce in Wichita, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.8%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wichita, KS was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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