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Wichita Facts

​How much do you know about Wichita, KS? Test your knowledge with these fun facts about Wichita: 

The Keeper over Downtown Wichita

  • Wichita is known as the "Air Capital of the World."
  • Wichita is the birthplace of Pizza Hut and White Castle fast-food chains.
  • A.A. Hyde discovered Mentholatum in 1894 in the current The Spice Merchant & Company building. 
  • In 2008, the NAACP recognized Wichita as the site of the first sit-in by African Americans at an all-white lunch counter in August 1958 (Dockum Drug Store Sit-In)
  • Actress Kirstie Alley, best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in "Cheers," was born in Wichita on Jan. 12, 1951.
  • First electric guitar was played at the Shadowland Ballroom in Wichita by Wichitan Gage Brewer in 1932.

Gallery Alley in Wichita

Wichita's Numbers

  • 5-million Longhorns driven up the Chisholm Trail to the Wichita railhead
  • Population of Wichita - 389,255 (as of 2018); 644,510 (MSA as of 2017)
  • 8,100+ Hotel Rooms
  • 1,200+ Restaurants
  • 225 days of sunshine
  • 162 performances during Riverfest
  • 43 percent of U.S. manufactured general aviation shipped out of Kansas
  • 67 percent of general aviation aircraft produced worldwide is manufactured in Kansas
  • 19 Museums
  • 39 Art Galleries
  • 13 Golf Courses
  • 28 Great Attractions
  • 21 Live Theaters
  • 3 Universities
  • More than 100 miles of bicycle and walking paths
  • More than 23 food trucks in the Wichita Food Truck Coalition
  • 32 annual festivals
  • 11 Shopping Districts
  • 10 local breweries; 1 taproom
  • 7th largest zoo in the United States with third-largest elephant exhibit
  • One of 7 wildlife parks with Humane Certified Award
  • Largest dinosaur theme park in the country

Hot Air Balloons Launch in Wichita

Wichita's Weather

  • Average annual rainfall: 28.61 inches
  • Average annual snowfall: 15 inches
  • Coldest month: January
  • Hottest month: July
  • Air quality index in Wichita is 21% better than the national average
  • Pollution index in Wichita is 95% better than the national average

Wichita Highlights