Wichita, Kansas, named an All-American City for its third year, is ranked among the top 32 cities nationally for quality of life. In addition, Money magazine recently recognized the Wichita community as a "Top 10 Best Place to Live", right above New York City. These rankings communicate affordability, short and easy commutes to work and a high level of public safety for your family – attributes you simply can't find in most metro areas.
Forbes magazine recently named Wichita the No. 1 place in the country to live the good life cheaply. In Wichita, the magazine found it takes $189,305 a year to afford a great house in a great neighborhood, along with amenities like private schools and luxury cars. Wichita's low prices compare with $260,995 in Minneapolis, MN, and $483,775 in New York City.
A steady increase in population within the Wichita metro area has resulted in a high demand for both new and existing housing. The size and quality of house you can purchase in Wichita is very substantial compared to the price of homes of equal size on the east or west coasts or other major cities in the nation.
Wichita has more sunny days than Florida! With average temperatures ranging from 20 to 40 degrees in the winter and 75 to 95 degrees in the late spring and summer seasons, Wichita enjoys a four-season climate. The city recieves an average of 29 inches of rain and 15 inches of snow per year.
Recently, the state of Kansas was ranked as one of the Top 10 states for quality education, and ranked among the Top 5 for quality higher education. The large percentage of population with college degrees in Kansas also positions the state among the Top 10 states in this category
Wichita was recently named as one of the Top 10 cities to live in with a population of 300,000 or more by Money magazine, noting education as the number one contributing factor to its ranking.
Wichita area public schools excel with progressive, award-winning educational opportunities, including an urban school district that is consistently improving student academic achievement. These school districts are noted for being progressive and innovative leaders while providing a personal, caring atmosphere for students to succeed.
Additional educational opportunities include many private and parochial schools, offering a strong academic curriculum with a complement of excellent co-curricular and faith-based programs. Wichita private schools pride themselves to provide the highest quality education for each student, maximizing their abilities to achieve. The parochial schools of Wichita also provide students a solid foundation and curriculum in addition to guidance surrounding testaments of faith.
With a number of nationally-recognized campuses located in Wichita, it couldn't be easier to acquire an additional academic degree, keep up with current business trends or explore a new career path. Higher education in Wichita goes beyond the limits of a typical college town; it grants you the ability to truly choose the best education for your future.
Whether you prefer upscale bistros or hometown barbecue, Wichita truly has it all. As a region globally recognized as a top pick in test markets by those in the restaurant industry, Wichita residents have their choice of the best of the best. Visit our Wichita Restaurant Guide for detailed information.
As development in Wichita continues to boom, so do options in shopping. Local boutiques, antique shops and specialty stores can easily be found throughout the city, as well as nationally recognized retail chains and department stores. Bradley Fair offers a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience. From colorful sidewalks and storefronts, to scenic open air plaza and lakeside view, you'll discover more at Bradley Fair. New Market Square Wichita's largest outdoor shopping center, is home to many popular retailers and restaurants as well as local favorites. Oldtown, nestled in the heart of downtown Wichita, features more than 100 restaurants, shops, clubs, theaters, galleries, museums and businesses occupying a collection of converted brick warehouses with native limestone accents and distinctive architectural features.
Wichita boasts a professional opera, symphony and ballet, as well as dozens of cinematic and performance theatres that stand ready to impress with independent films, old favorites or new drama. From traditional to contemporary, our art galleries, varied museums and breathtaking gardens are sure to engage you with their many enticing exhibits. Wichita is also home to the Tallgrass Film Festival each year.
Outdoors and Sports
Wichita residents have access to boating, waterskiing, sailing, canoeing, fishing and swimming in local lakes and rivers. The city has more than 26 miles of scenic bike paths that wind throughout the city, one of which includes a trail built along the original Chisholm Trail. There are 4,200 acres of parks and greenways in Wichita, along with 11 swimming pools and five interactive fountains offering a chance to cool off in the middle of the city. Some featured parks in the city include the Sedgwick County Park, adjacent to the Sedgwick County Zoo, and OJ Watson Park, where you can sail or take a paddle boat ride on the pond.
Golf courses in the Wichita area are well above par, and that's a good thing! Wichita has five of the most beautiful municipal courses in the Midwest and more than 35 courses in the greater Wichita area, including public, private, and semi-private courses. Many of Wichita's finest including Crestview Country Club, Prairie Dunes Country Club, and Flint Hills National Golf Course, have hosted nationally recognized events such as the PGA Wichita Open, U.S. Senior Open, and USGA Senior Amateur Championship.
Terradyne Country Club, an exclusive country club and residential community, offers an award-winning, 18-hole championship course designed by renowned golf course architect, Donald Sechrest. This course was awarded 4.0 stars by Golf Digest magazine and rated as one of America's Best by Golf Week magazine.
With members like Woody Austin, runner-up, 2007 PGA championship, Willowbend Golf Club offers its participants the best of the best. Willowbend has been host to events such as the Nike tour, Futures tour, US open, and Senior US Open qualifying.
Wichita residents love to play and watch sports, and there are ample opportunities to join the crowds as a spectator of exciting, local sporting events – from high school to college to semi-professional. Become a fan!
Wichita State Shockers, Missouri Valley Conference national champions
Wichita Thunder, Central Hockey League
Wichita Wild, United Indoor Football League
Wichita Wingnuts, American Association of Professional Baseball
Economic Growth and Thriving Business
As Wichita's population increases, recently reaching 500,000, our businesses continue to lead the way in their respective areas of industries. Wichita's diverse business community truly values and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation – confirmed by companies like Pizza Hut and Coleman Companies, which got their start right here in the middle of the heartland.
Wichita's Major Employers