Kansas: Facts and Figures

Kansas’s transportation, manufacturing, and food products are in increasing demand throughout the world. In 2020, the state exported over $10 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 20.40% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2019, 3,354 companies exported goods from Kansas of which 82% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 69,300 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Kansas exported $10.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2020, a 10% decline compared to 2019 driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.5
    • Mexico ($2.1 billion)
    • Canada ($1.6 billion)
    • Japan ($911 billion)
    • China ($737 million)
    • South Korea ($422 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Kansas's' economy, totaling $4.9 billion in 2019, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $944 million in exports from 54 companies in Kansas.7
  • 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.8
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $950 million in exports from Kansas companies, supporting an estimated 5,400 jobs in the state.9

Education and Research

  • In 2018-2019, 2,855 Kansas students studied abroad.10
  • During 2020, 8,911 international students were enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities and contributed $250 million to the Kansas economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,857 Peace Corps volunteers from Kansas have served in dozens of countries overseas.11