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    Wichita Facts

    Wichita is known as the "Air Capital of the World." In 2008, 42 percent of all general aviation aircraft manufactured worldwide were produced in Wichita, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

    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.

    Wichita's Rankings

    All American City | National League of Cities

    Top 10 Best Big Cities | "Money Magazine"

    35th in America's Top 100 Places to Live |

    Easiest commute in the U.S. | Small Market Meetings

    Most affordable city in the Midwest | Forbes Magazine Online

    Third most affordable city to visit in the U.S. | AAA

    Wichita's Numbers

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

    592,126 People in the Wichita MSA

    7,000+ Hotel Rooms

    1,000+ Restaurants

    225 Days of Sunshine

    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

    36 Museums

    35 Art Galleries

    35 Golf Courses

    24 Great Attractions

    20 Live Theaters

    3 Universities

    Wichita's Weather

    Average annual rainfall: 30.38 inches

    Average annual snowfall: 15 inches

    Coldest month: January
    Average High - 40.1 & Low - 20.3

    Hottest month: July
    Average High - 92.9 & Low 69.1