Wichita has fallen to 72nd in 2010 from 15th in 2009 in the latest Milken Institute rankings of best performing cities.
The ranking looks at several measures of job growth, especially the growth of high tech jobs.
Because the Wichita economy tends to lag the national economy, it tends to appear better than normal early in a national recession and worse than normal early in a national recovery.
Wichita ranked 45th in 2008, 114th in 2007 and 189th in 2005 and 192nd in 2004. There were no rankings in 2006.
In its best category in 2010, Wichita ranked seventh in the nation for the concentration of high-tech jobs, which includes engineers, at more than twice the nation as a whole.
For all of the rankings, go to www.milkeninstitute.org.