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Facts about Wichita Kansas for Kids

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  • According to the 2011 United States Census Bureau estimate, the city population was 384,445.
  • Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area.
  • As of 2011, the metro area had a population of 630,721; the Wichita-Winfield combined statistical area (CSA) population was 661,798.
  • In the 20th century, aircraft pioneers such as Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and Bill Lear began projects that would lead to Wichita’s nicknaming as the Air Capital of the World.
  • The aircraft corporations Stearman, Cessna, Mooney and Beechcraft were all founded in Wichita in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
  • Cessna and Beechcraft remain based in Wichita today, along with Learjet and Spirit AeroSystems, and both Airbus and Boeing maintain a workforce in Wichita.
  • Following the incorporation of the city in 1870, rapid immigration resulted in a land boom involving speculation into the late 1880s.
  • On December 27 of that year she entered the Carey House bar in downtown Wichita and smashed the place with a rock and a pool ball.
  • Wichita is the principal city of both the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Wichita-Winfield Combined Statistical Area (CSA).
  • With over 50,000 students, Wichita Public Schools (USD 259) is the largest school district in Kansas.
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