Wichita, Kansas Population 2024

395,218

Wichita is a city located in Sedgwick County Kansas. Wichita has a 2024 population of 395,218. It is also the county seat of Sedgwick County.Wichita is currently declining at a rate of -0.12% annually and its population has decreased by -0.7% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 398,003 in 2020.

The average household income in Wichita is $84,475 with a poverty rate of 15.5%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Wichita is 35.4 years, 34.5 years for males, and 36.6 years for females.

Wichita serves as the county seat of Sedgwick County. Wichita is an industrial hub, and it is also a center of trade, media, and culture. The cost of living in Wichita falls well below the national average.

Wichita Population Growth

Wichita has seen continuous population growth since its incorporation as a city. By the 1930s, the city had well over 100,000 inhabitants. This number had more than doubled by 1960. At the time of the census taken in 1990, the city’s population had grown to over 300,000. Wichita’s growth has slowed slightly since the last census in 2010, but so far, estimates show that the population has risen by 2%. This indicates that while Wichita may not be growing as rapidly as it once was, it still has much growing left to do.

It is believed that the area that is now Wichita was inhabited as far back as 3000 BC. The Wichita people were inhabiting the area when Europeans arrived in 1541. However, the Wichita people left the area and moved south following a conflict with the Osage people during the 1700s. The area was originally claimed by France but was acquired by the US during the Louisiana Purchase.

During the Civil War, the Wichita people returned and built a settlement. A trading post was also established. When the war ended, the Wichita once again relocated to what is now known as Oklahoma. In 1868, another trading post was established and shortly after that, a house was built that was used as a post office, hotel and community center. The population began to grow as hunters and traders saw business opportunities in the area. In 1870, plats outlining the first streets of Wichita were filed and later that year, Wichita was incorporated as a city.

The city’s role as a cattle drive destination and the railroad coming to the area resulted in further population growth. The city expanded into the 1880s as more immigrants came to the area. During this period, Fairmount College was established, later becoming Wichita State University. Friends University was also opened as Garfield University. Before the 1900s arrived, the city had already established itself as the most populous in the state. However, an economic recession resulted in bankruptcy for many of the original settlers.

The city bounced back after oil and natural gas deposits were discovered in the early 1900s. The city became prosperous with the many refineries opened during the 1910s and 1920s. This economic boom led to investment in the airplane manufacturing industry. It soon became a center of the industry and was known as “Air Capital of the World.” The city continued to expand, and the economy flourished over the next few decades.

During World War II, the population grew again as the city was a major manufacturing center. The 19tha and 20th centuries saw the introduction of other brands and businesses, including Lear Jet Corporation, Coleman camping retailer, and franchises including Pizza Hut.

Through the 1990s and 2000s, the city government has partnered with local organizations to redevelop the downtown area and gaining neighborhoods. Additional businesses have made their homes in Wichita and new developments, such as the Intrust Bank Arena, have been built.

Wichita Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Wichita was:

  • White: 68.98%
  • Two or more races: 10.04%
  • Black or African American: 9.91%
  • Other race: 5.14%
  • Asian: 4.85%
  • Native American: 1.07%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
State
Kansas
Land Area (mi²)
161.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,444.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.7% (-2,785)
The current population of Wichita, Kansas is 395,218 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 398,003.

Wichita, Kansas Population 2024

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Wichita Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White273,11368.98%
Two or more races39,74910.04%
Black or African American39,2319.91%
Other race20,3345.14%
Asian19,1864.85%
Native American4,2171.07%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1210.03%
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White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Wichita Population by Race

Wichita Population Pyramid 2024

Wichita Median Age

35.4

Total

34.5

Male

36.6

Female

Wichita Adults

There are 298,702 adults, (59,609 of whom are seniors) in Wichita.

Wichita Age Dependency

65.6

Age Dependency Ratio

24.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Wichita Sex Ratio

Female199,00550.26%
Male196,94649.74%

Wichita Population by Age

Wichita Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All156,0542.558.541.5
Married66,4013.2579.620.4
Non Family62,0821.244258
Female19,8583.4741.358.7
Male7,7133.5653.146.9
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3.22

Average Family Size

2.5

Average Household Size

58.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Wichita Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Wichita Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wichita Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 35.9%.

Wichita Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$42,790

Average Earnings

$49,581

Average Male

$35,248

Average Female

Wichita Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wichita Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Wichita Language

82.44% of Wichita residents speak only English, while 17.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.98% of the population.

Wichita Language

Wichita Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White239,61625,69710.72%
Hispanic68,98415,37722.29%
Black38,09610,64727.95%
Multiple39,2739,90425.22%
Other20,1855,14825.5%
Asian19,0683,00115.74%
Native4,10372717.72%
Islander121119.09%
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15.5%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.7%

Male Poverty Rate

16.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wichita

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wichita is Black, with 27.95% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wichita is Islander, with 9.09% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.22%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.21%.

Wichita Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.33%
High School16.1%
Some College11.05%
Bachelors or Greater5.66%
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Wichita Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed39.83%
Female Unemployed33.76%
Female Employed9.29%
Male Employed6.95%
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Wichita Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wichita Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Wichita Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

45.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.1%

Male Marriage Rate

44.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Wichita Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Wichita Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Wichita Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Wichita Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

20,648

Number of Veterans

18,703

Male Veterans

1,945

Female Veterans

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Wichita Veterans by War

count

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Wichita Veterans by Age

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Wichita Veterans by Race

Wichita Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

9.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wichita Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66%

Labor Force Participation

61.8%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Wichita Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Wichita Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Wichita Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

62.34%

Born in Wichita

90.07%

Native Born

9.93%

Foreign Born

5.38%

Non Citizen

4.55%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.07% of Wichita residents were born in the United States, with 62.34% having been born in Kansas. 5.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Wichita Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029392,783-487-0.12%
2028393,270-487-0.12%
2027393,757-487-0.12%
2026394,244-487-0.12%
2025394,731-487-0.12%
2024395,218-487-0.12%
2023395,705-487-0.12%
2022396,192-487-0.12%
2021396,679-1,324-0.33%
2020398,0037,6681.96%
2019390,3358080.21%
2018389,527-911-0.23%
2017390,438-253-0.06%
2016390,6911,1710.3%
2015389,5201,0200.26%
2014388,5001,2220.32%
2013387,2781,4840.38%
2012385,7942,0030.52%
2011383,7911,0510.27%
2010382,74038,45611.17%
2000344,28440,27313.25%
1990304,01124,1738.64%
1980279,8383,2841.19%
1970276,55421,8568.58%
1960254,69886,41951.35%
1950168,27953,31346.37%
1940114,9663,8563.47%
1930111,11038,89353.86%
192072,21719,76737.69%
191052,45027,779112.6%
190024,6718183.43%
189023,85318,942385.71%
18804,911
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Wichita Population by Year