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    Wichita Facts

    • 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 invented Mentholatum in 1894. The building where the ointment was originally manufactured is still in use today as The Spice Merchant, a coffee-specialty store and café.
    • 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.
    • Actress Kirstie Alley, best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in "Cheers," was born in Wichita, Kan., Jan. 12, 1951.
    • First electric guitar was played at the Shadowland Ballroom in Wichita by Wichitan Gage Brewer in 1932.

     

    Wichita's Numbers

    5,000,000 Longhorns driven up the Chisholm Trail to the Wichita railhead

    Population of Wichita is 389, 965 and 592,126 people in the Wichita MSA

    8,000+ Hotel Rooms

    1,000+ Restaurants

    225 Days of Sunshine

    162 performances during Riverfest

    54.3% of general aviation aircraft produced in the U.S. is manufactured in Kansas

    42% of general aviation aircraft produced worldwide is manufactured in Kansas

    33 Museums

    22 Art Galleries

    35 Golf Courses

    22 Great Attractions

    22 Live Theaters

    3 Universities

    More than 100 miles of bicycle paths

    More than 23 food trucks in the Wichita Food Truck Coalition

    17 Festivals

    8 Shopping Districts

    8 local breweries

    7th largest zoo in the United States

     

    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.