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Harvey County Profile

Harvey County is located in south central Kansas, along the Little Arkansas River. The County encompasses 540 square miles, is 18 miles wide in its north-south dimension and 30 miles long in its east-west dimension.

The County is located approximately 130 miles south-southeast of the geographic center of the continental United States, 1,517 miles west of New York City and 1,498 miles east of Los Angeles. Harvey County is located approximately 370 miles west of the geodesic center of the United States' population. Within 500 miles of Kansas is more than 40 percent of the nations' population; retail sales over $480 billion and some 48,000 manufacturing plants.

Cost of Living
Nearly all aspects of living costs in Harvey County are below national averages. Many of the aspects, with a few exceptions, are far below the national average. According to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association's (ACCRA) report for the third quarter of 2011, the composite cost of living index for the Wichita MSA (Harvey County included) is 91.8. Most of the elements comprising the composite cost of living index in the Wichita MSA were also below the United States average.

INTERPRETING THE INDEX: The ACCRA Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.

COMPOSITE INDEX (100%): 91.8
Grocery Items: 89.3
Housing: 82.9
Utilities: 92.8
Transportation: 96.1
Health Care: 95.5
Miscellaneous Goods and Services: 98.5
* 3rd Quarter 2011

USD 373 Newton Unified School District
Mid-Continent Cabinetry
Newton Medical Center
Park Electrochemical
Prairie View


Land Area (square miles) -- 2010 541
Total Population – 2011 34,846
Average Population Density (per sq. mile) – 2011 64
Median Age – 2010 38.9
Educational Attainment – 2006-2010 (Population Age 25+)  
        High School Graduate or Higher 90.4%
        Some College – No Degree 24.2%
        Associate Degree 8.0%
        Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.5%
Average 1-Way Commute to Work (minutes) – 2006-2010 Estimate 17.9
Civilian Labor Force – 2011 Annual Average 17,311 
        Unemployed 1,128
        Unemployment Rate 6.5%
Business Establishments – 2011 839
Employees 13,270
Average Annual Pay $33,169
Median Household Income – 2006-2010 Estimate  $46,604

Land Area and Median Age -- 2010 Census; Population -- 2011 Census Bureau Estimate; Population Density -- Based on 2010 Land Area and 2011 Population Estimate; Educational Attainment, Average Commute Time and Median Household Income -- 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; Labor Force Data -- Kansas Department of Labor; Business Establishments, Employees, Average Annual Pay -- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.


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Aeroflex Wichita, Inc. Airbus North America Engineering, Inc. Ambassador Hotel Wichita Apex Engineering International, LLC Armstrong Chamberlin AT&T Berry Companies, Inc. BKD, LLPBuilding Trades Council of Central & Western Kansas Butler Community College Capital Enterprises, Inc. Carlos O'Kelly'sCase New HollandCHOOSE Networks, Inc. Clear Channel Media + EntertainmentConco ConstructionCornejo & Sons Coventry Health Care, An Aetna CompanyCox Machine, Inc. Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc. Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc. Dillon Food Stores Dondlinger & Sons Construction Company Inc.Eby Construction Co. Envision, Inc. Friends University GLMV Architecture, Inc. Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau House of SchwanHigh Touch Technologies Hyatt Regency Wichita IBEW L.U. 271 - Electrical Workers IMA, Inc. Johnson ControlsKAKE-TV Kansas Health Foundation Kennedy and Coe, LLC Key Construction, Inc. Law Company Inc. LawKingdon Architecture LDF CompaniesLegacy BankLubrication Engineers, Inc. Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P. Metro Courier, Inc. MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. Murfin Drilling Company Inc. NCRI -- National Catastrophe Restoration Inc. Newman University Occidental Management, Inc. Pioneer Balloon Company Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 441 Poet Ethanol Products Range Oil Company, Inc. Ritchie Exploration, Inc. Rusty Eck Ford Security 1st Title LLC Slawson Real Estate Company Star Lumber & Supply Co. Inc.TCK - The Trust Company of Kansas TECT Aerospace UCI United Way of the Plains Value PlaceWescon Controls CompanyWichita Area Assn. of Realtors Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) Wichita Business Journal Wichita Community Foundation Wichita Downtown Development Corporation Wichita State UniversityWichita Surgical Specialists, P.A.Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Inc.Yingling Aviation