Kansas is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Kansas is known for its agriculture; farmers in the state produce great quantities of wheat, sorghum, and sunflowers. = Like other states in the Midwest, summers in Kansas are often very hot, but are less humid. Winter temperatures can vary from warm to very cold. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are common.
In July 2012, the population of Kansas was estimated to be 2,885,905, an increase of 0.5 percent from the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Kansas is the 33rd most populous state out of the 50 states. The largest city in the state is Wichita, with a population of more than 600,000. Wichita’s population has grown by double digits in recent years, as has its surrounding suburbs.
Outlook on security employment
In May 2012, 6,230 security guards were employed throughout the state of Kansas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The location quotient for security guard jobs in the state is 0.59, which means that there are few security guard jobs in Kansas than the national average. The majority of jobs can be found in the Wichita metropolitan area and near Johnson County, where the cities of Overland Park, Manhattan, Lawrence, Topeka, and the Kansas side of Kansas City are located. As those metropolitan areas continue to grow in population, so should the opportunities for those wanting to work in the security field.
State based financial aid
The State of Kansas offers the Kansas Comprehensive Grant for Kansas residents seeking an undergraduate degree in the state. To be eligible for the grant, students must be able to demonstrate financial need. Learn more about the requirements for this grant at financialaid.ku.edu.