Kansas: Facts and Figures

Kansas’s transportation, manufacturing, and food products are in increasing demand throughout the world. In 2019, the state exported over $11 billion worth of goods, with international trade supporting more than 390,000 jobs in across the state.

Job Creation

  • In Kansas, 395,500 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 20.4% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2018, 3,341 companies exported goods from Kansas of which 83% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2017, 60,800 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Kansas exported $11.6 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2019. Kansas's largest markets in 2019 were:4
    • Mexico ($2.2 billion)
    • Canada ($1.9 billion)
    • Japan ($1 billion)
    • China ($553 million)
    • Germany ($508 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Kansas's' economy, totaling $4.9 billion in 2018, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $901 million in exports from 48 companies in Kansas.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation - which has been modernized into the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - has invested $303 million in Kansas companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $940 million in exports from Kansas companies, supporting an estimated 5,400 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2017-2018, 2,866 Kansas students studied abroad.9
  • During 2019, 9,339 international students were enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities and contributed $271 million to the Kansas economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,857 Peace Corps volunteers from Kansas have served in dozens of countries overseas.10