Kansas At A Glance The Kansas Department of Commerce is the lead economic development agency in the state. Our goal is to enhance the business climate by bringing businesses to the state and assisting those that already call Kansas home. We want to continue to show the world the quality of our business climate and why Kansas is a great place to live and work. Notable Kansas Companies Major companies such as Amazon, Mars, Black & Veatch, Unilever, Hostess, AMC Theatres, Spirit AeroSystems, Garmin, Sprint, Dairy Farmers of America and Teva, among others, have selected Kansas as the best place to grow their operations due to the business advantages our state can offer. Quick Facts Kansas Education Educating our youth is highly valued in this state to provide a quality and skilled workforce for our businesses. Kansas’ education system is one of the best in the nation and a powerful factor in the state’s economic growth. Our state is ranked 16th in the nation for the percentage of adults with a high school diploma. Over 30 percent of adults 25 and over have a college degree. In some areas, such as Johnson County in the Kansas City area, over 50 percent of the adults have a college degree. Kansas ranks in the Top 10 (CNBC) for workforce and education. Kansas has several major universities educating our future workforce: University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Washburn University and 26 community and technical colleges statewide. Kansas Transportation Kansas’ strategic location at the convergence of I-35 and I-70 places it literally at the crossroads of America and allows next-day freight delivery to nearly 70 percent of the U.S. Trucks leaving Kansas can quickly and efficiently reach international ports on either coast and NAFTA trade partners to the north and the south. Kansas takes great pride in its excellent road system, resulting in consistent ranking among states with the best roads in the nation. In addition, our state ranks third in total road mileage nationally. Kansas ranks in the Top 10 states for railroad mileage. Four Class I and 13 Class III (short-line) rail carriers ensure freight service to virtually anywhere in Kansas. Kansas City is one of the nation’s leading freight rail hubs, ranking first in annual rail tonnage and second in annual rail volume. BNSF Railway built a new 550-acre rail intermodal facility with easy access to I-35, capable of up to 3 million square feet of direct-rail served property. The largest airports — Kansas City International and Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport — offer convenient air service with multiple national and regional carriers. Eight regional airports also offer commercial air service. Kansas Electricity, Natural Gas and Telecommunications Electricity costs in Kansas are below the national average, supplemented by the excess electric generating reserve and transmission capacity through the three largest investor-owned companies in the state. Kansas is also below the national average for natural gas prices for industrial consumers. The 4,800-square-mile Hugoton Gas Field makes the state a leading natural gas exporter. Thanks to Kansas’ central location, businesses have access to east-west and north-south major trunk lines, connecting to a nationwide fiber optic network.