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This small suburb of Wichita is just under 30 miles from Wichita, which has a large manufacturing base. The aviation industry has a strong presence here, represented by Boeing, Cessna, Bombardier Learjet, and Raytheon, even though the economic downturn prompted job cuts. Health care is the area’s second-biggest industry. Belle Plaine prides itself on its “excellent schools” and “quality people,” according to the town's website. One of the high points of the year is the annual Tulip Time Festival, which is held in the spring and attracts visitors from across the state for two days of arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and sports. Of the 50 places on this list, Belle Plaine is the No. 6 best place in the U.S. to raise your kids and the number 1 place in Kansas. Source: Bloomberg Businessweek Lifestyles 

Best Place to Raise Kids in Kansas and

6th Best in the United States: Belle Plaine

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Belle Plaine, located in the northeastern corner of Sumner County, is renowned for their annual Tulip Time Festival held the second weekend in April. Located on Highway 55, 10 minutes south of Wichita, and bordered on the west by the BNSF main line, Belle Plaine is an excellent choice for businesses wanting to expand in the Wichita metro area.

Many Belle Plaine residents are employed in the aviation industry, and the community has several aviation related manufacturers in the Belle Plaine Industrial Park. Other products manufactured range from precision machined parts and cast iron products, to richly detailed woodwork including mantels, mouldings, cabinet doors, detailed columns, finials, and more.

Belle Plaine, blessed with fertile agricultural terrain in the heart of the Ninnescah Valley, is often referred to as Paradise Valley and is home to the Bartlett Arboretum. The Arboretum is a terrific venue for events and outdoor weddings on the lush green lawn, shaded by rare trees over a century old. Come enjoy the sights in this community which keeps their tulip tradition alive each year with tulips on nearly every corner. Or if you are just traveling through, be sure to stop at the Belle Plaine Welcome Center, the only Kansas Tourism Center on I-35 in southern Kansas.


For more information visit the Belle Plaine Chamber  or City of Belle Plaine websites.

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Major Employers:

Forming Specialists
Jim Palmer Co.
Kansas Castings, Inc.
Logan Street Fine Wood Products
Metal Forming Inc. 

City of Belle Plaine

P.O. Box 157
401 N Merchant
Belle Plaine, KS 67013
Email - 

Website- City of Belle Plaine

Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 721
Belle Plaine, KS 67013

Belle Plaine offers full time Emergency Medical Services. The non emergency phone number is 620-488-2471. Dental services are available in Belle Plaine.  A wide variety of hospitals and medical centers are also available in Wichita.

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities 

Paradise Valley Living Center

801 Logan St

Belle Plaine, Ks 67013



Median Age - 35.35
Bilingual - 4.1%
Average One-Way Commute - 24.6 Minutes
Median Household Income - $50,508
Education - H.S. Graduation or Higher - 95.2%
Median House Value - $73,200
Median Gross Household Rent - $604
Crime Rate - 54 Total Offenses  - Kansas Bureau of Investigation 2012

Combined State and Local Sales Tax - 8%

  • State of Kansas - 6.50%

  • Sumner County - 0.5%

  • City of Belle Plaine - 1.0%

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Belle Plaine's educational needs are served by USD #357 with grades PK to 12. Belle Plaine is the Home of the Dragons.


In 2014 and 2015 Belle Plaine has been awarded the Bronze Award by US News and World Report's annual Best High Schools list.

School Statistics*
School Enrollment - 638
Teacher/Student Ratio - 1:8.5
Graduation Rate - 95.2%


Belle Plaine Public Library

The mission of the Belle Plaine  Public Library is to provide popular, high interest resources to  meet the educational, recreational and informational needs of community residents.

*Data provided by Kansas Department of Education


Belle Plaine has two parks, offers baseball, softball, basketball, a pool, and a skateboard park.  

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Gas - Kansas Gas Service - 800-794-4780
Water -City of Belle Plaine - 620-488-3433
Trash - City of Belle Plaine - 620-488-3433
Sewer - City of Belle Plaine - 620-488-3433
Electric - Westar Energy - 800-383-1183
Telephone - 
              SKT - 888-758-8976
              Century Link - 800-788-3500
Internet -
              SKT - 888-758-8976
              Century Link - 800-788-3500
              G&S Electronics - 620-455-2460
             USA Connections - 620-326-8989
Cable -
              SKT - 888-758-8976

Highways -

Belle Plaine is located on Highway 55 just 3 miles from I-35 and 4 miles from US Highway 81. The first Welcome Center as you come into Kansas from the south on I-35 is the Belle Plaine Travel Plaza.

Railroad -

Belle Plaine is bordered on the west by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad , which is part of the double-tracking from Chicago to California.

Airports -

Belle Plaine is just 9 miles from the Wellington Municipal Airport and approximately 28 miles from from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

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