Bel Aire, Kansas

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Bel Aire, Kansas
Location within Sedgwick County and Kansas
Location within Sedgwick County and Kansas
KDOT map of Sedgwick County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°45′50″N 97°15′58″W / 37.76389°N 97.26611°W / 37.76389; -97.26611Coordinates: 37°45′50″N 97°15′58″W / 37.76389°N 97.26611°W / 37.76389; -97.26611
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountySedgwick
Founded1955
Incorporated1980
Area
 • Total6.86 sq mi (17.77 km2)
 • Land6.83 sq mi (17.69 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
1,394 ft (425 m)
Population
 • Total6,769
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
7,661
 • Density990/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
67220, 67226
Area code316
FIPS code20-05337[4]
GNIS ID473837[5]
Websitebelaireks.gov

Bel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. It is a suburb of Wichita.[6] In 2010, 6,769 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Bel Aire was created in January 1955 when a group of local residents asked the county government to create it. They wanted this place to be an improvement district for water.[8]

On November 26, 1980, Bel Aire officially incorporated as a city. This was after a two-year legal dispute with the Wichita city government. The dispute was about whether or not Pratt had the right to become its own city. The case went to the Kansas Supreme Court, and the Court ruled in Bel Aire's favor.[8]

Geography[change | change source]

Bel Aire is at 37°45′50″N 97°15′58″W / 37.76389°N 97.26611°W / 37.76389; -97.26611 (37.763758, −97.266177).[5] It has an elevation of 1,394 feet (425 m).[9] It is on the north side of the East Fork of Chisholm Creek. It is about 6 mi (9.7 km) northeast of the Arkansas River in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands region of the Great Plains. It is on the south side of K-254 in south-central Kansas. Bel Aire is within the Wichita metropolitan area, bordered by Wichita to the south and west and bordered by Kechi to the north.[10][11]

The United States Census Bureau says the city has a total area of 6.86 square miles (17.77 km2). Of that, 6.83 square miles (17.69 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19903,695
20005,83657.9%
20106,76916.0%
Est. 20167,661[3]13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

Bel Aire is part of the Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census[2] says that there were 6,769 people, 2,465 households, and 1,854 families living in Bel Aire.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. "City of Bel Aire - Our Community". City of Bel Aire. Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2011-01-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "City of Bel Aire - Celebrating 30 Years". City of Bel Aire. Archived from the original on 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2013-03-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. "General Highway Map - Sedgwick County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. June 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2011-01-22.

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