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Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and the 49th-largest nationally. Seated on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and had a population of 641,076, according to the 2014 census.
Wichita began as a trading post in the 1860s, and later, a destination for cattle drives traveling from Texas. In the 20s and 30s, there were several aircraft manufacturing companies established in Wichita including Beechcraft, Cessna, and Stearman Aircraft. Subsequently, Wichita became a hub for U.S. aircraft production and earned the title "The Air Capital of the World". Beechcraft, Cessna, and other firms including Learjet, Airbus and Spirit AeroSystems are still in Wichita today.