Arkansas City has the 2275th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 2.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Arkansas City is part of the Wichita metro area. Unemployment in the Wichita area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Wichita has the 81st largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Arkansas City is below average at $42,400, and the median cost of a home in Arkansas City is $63,400, which is below the national average. 15% of workers in Arkansas City hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 83% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Arkansas City. 81% of Arkansas City workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Arkansas City spend an average of 14 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.