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    Wichita Facts

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

    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

    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