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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)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Sedgwick
Founded 1955
Incorporated 1980
 • Total 6.79 sq mi (17.60 km2)
 • Land 6.76 sq mi (17.52 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,394 ft (425 m)
 • Total 8,262
 • Density 1,216.8/sq mi (469.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
67220, 67226
Area code 316
FIPS code 20-05400
GNIS ID 473837

Bel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 8,262.


Bel Aire was founded in January 1955 when a group of local residents petitioned the county government to create it as an improvement district for water.

On November 26, 1980, Bel Aire formally incorporated as a city. This was despite a two-year legal dispute with the Wichita city government over whether or not it had the right to do so. The case ultimately went to the Kansas Supreme Court which ruled in Bel Aire's favor.


Bel Aire is located at 37°45′50″N 97°15′58″W / 37.76389°N 97.26611°W / 37.76389; -97.26611 (37.763758, -97.266177) at an elevation of 1,394 feet (425 m). It lies on the north side of the East Fork of Chisholm Creek roughly 6 miles (10 km) northeast of the Arkansas River in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands region of the Great Plains. Located 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.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.86 square miles (17.77 km2), of which, 6.83 square miles (17.69 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 3,695
2000 5,836 57.9%
2010 6,769 16.0%
2020 8,262 22.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

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

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,769 people, 2,465 households, and 1,854 families living in the city. The population density was 991.1 inhabitants per square mile (382.7/km2). There were 2,554 housing units at an average density of 373.9 per square mile (144.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.1% White, 8.6% African American, 0.9% Native American, 4.5% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

There were 2,465 households, of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.

The median age in the city was 36 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


The city is served by Wichita USD 259 and Circle USD 375 public school districts. Bel Aire has two private schools as well: Sunrise Christian Academy (Pre-K to 12) and Resurrection Catholic School (Pre-K to 5).

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