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Kansas Business Resources

Kansas lies in the western part of the central United States and agriculture contributes significantly to the state’s economy. Wheat production first came to the state in the late 1800’s and remained at the core of the state’s economy until the 1940’s. Though agriculture is not the leading component of the economy anymore, the state still produces roughly one-fifth of the total U.S. wheat harvest, making it the leading wheat producing state in the nation.

With the advent of World War II, Kansas witnessed a large increase in manufacturing activities, as the federal government moved many war industries away from coastal states. Since that time, manufacturing has become increasingly important to the state economy. The most important industry to today’s economy in terms of both income and employment is the production of transportation equipment manufacturing, especially the production of aircraft and aircraft parts.

Business Data

Per Capita Real GDP$34,242 Rank: 32/50 (2006)
Population2,688,420 Rank: 32/50 (2000)
Per Capita Personal Income$34,743 Rank: 21/50 (2006)
Unemployment Rate3.80% Rank: 15/50 (2008)
Business Tax Climate IndexRank: 33/50 (2008)
Corporate Tax Rate4.0% - 7.1%
Individual Tax Rate 3.5$ - 6.45%
Sales Tax Rate 5.3%

Business Tax Climate Index

Individual Income Tax Index Rank25
Sales Tax Index Rank24
Unemployment Insurance Tax Index Rank9
Property Tax Index Rank38
Business Tax Climate Index33
Corporate Tax Index Rank38

State Information

Nick NameSunflower State
State Web Site
MottoTo the stars through adversity

Top 5 Export Partner Countries

Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan

Top 5 Export Merchandise

Food Manufacturing Sales Transportation Equipment Sales Computers and Electronic Products Manufacturing Electrical Equipment Manufacturing Fabricated Metal Products Manufacturing

Major Cities

Kansas, Overland Park, Wichita


Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Millions) $117,305.00 (2007)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$34,770.00 Rank: 30 (2007)

Population Stats

Population 2,802,134 Rank: 33 (2008)

Age Distribution

Under 18 Population712,993
Under 18 Percent of Total Population27%
65 and older Population356,229
65 and older Percent of Total Population13%

Gender Distribution

Male Population49.4%
Female Population50.6%
Non-English Speaker (at home)169,102
Net International Immigration38,222
Birth Rate14.5%
Percent of People Under Poverty Level11.7%


Per Capita State Spending$13,097
Energy Expenditures per Person$3,890
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems$917,716


Personal Income$41,019
State Internal Revenue Collection$22,311,231
Cash and Deposits by State Government$668,058
Per Capita State Tax Collection$2,283


High School Graduation Rate76.6%
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree18.6%
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree9.7%

Largest Universities

University of Kansas Kansas State University Wichita State University
High School Graduation Rate76.6%


Public Road Length (Mile)140,381
Gas Tax Rate (%)24%
Highway Planning and Construction (USD Thousands)332,208
Number of Public Airports142

Main Airports

ICT: Wichita




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State Business Links

Secretary of State

Kansas Secretary of State
This site provides online filing services for business documents, as well as record searches. Filings or searches related to compliance with the Uniform Commercial Code are also available.

Small Business Administration

Kansas Small Business Administration
Business filings, news, research, and more

Top 10 Business Links

Kansas Business Center
This site is all about starting and maintaining a business in Kansas. Online filing of some documents is available, as well as aid in recruitment, training, getting background checks, and more.
Kansas Department of Labor
From this site, access workforce and labor information geared for employers, job-seekers, educators, and other interested parties. Job opportunities, in-demand fields, economic and demographic data, and typical industry pay are just some of the types of data provided.
Kansas Department of Revenue
This site provides information on business registration, property valuation, tax incentives, withholding tax, and a plethora of other business topics.
Kansas Statistical Abstract
The University of Kansas annually provides this statistical abstract, containing state, county, and city-level data on many topics, including business and manufacturing, exports, employment, income, finance, agriculture, mining, and other demographic topics.
Network Kansas
This section of Network Kansas, a business-building services provider, lists classes for entrepreneurial education. You can simply view the calendar or sort by region or type of class.
U.S. Export Assistance Center of Wichita
The Wichita branch of the Department of Commerce, which services Kansas, specializes in helping small to medium sized companies develop and execute exporting strategies. Fees vary and are based on the service being provided.