State snapshot: Kansas
State: 2,654,052 (ranks 32nd in nation)
Wichita area: 548,714
State: 3.4% (national: 3.9%)
Median housing cost:
Wichita area: $91,400 (national: $141,800)
Agriculture, livestock, aerospace, business services, manufacturing
Bombardier, Learjet, Cessna Aircraft, Raytheon, Boeing, Koch Industries, General
An excellent growing season in 2000 helped to boost the state's economy, while
tightness in the labor markets has eased slightly.
The state sales tax rate is 4.9 percent, the state income tax rate depends on
income level, and the property tax rates vary by location.
"The boom in call centers, the passage of a school bond and transportation bill,
and national retailers moving into the Wichita market are going to translate into more
-- Janet Harrah, director, Wichita State University's Center for Economic
Development and Business Research
IT salaries, large companies
Vice president, IS: $163,803
IS director: $139,193
Network services: $88,018
State of Kansas - www.ink.org
Kansas' official site includes business and commerce information, along with social
service job listings.
Promoting technology-related economic development in Kansas, this quasi-public
corporation provides business contacts and links to useful resources.
SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
REALTORS, RELOCATION CENTRAL, POSITIVE SUPPORT REVIEW SALARY SURVEY