Wichita 60 Below average
Wichita Livability #500 ranked city in Kansas#22,838 ranked city in the USARanks better than 22% of areas

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      Living in Wichita, KS

      Located in the state of Kansas, Wichita is a big city with a population of 388,033 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Wichita is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Wichita might be a good fit as 71% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 59% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Wichita, Kansas could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Wichita, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, weather, housing and more.

      The livability score in Wichita is 62 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 25th percentile of all cities across America. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Wichita has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Wichita. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), education (F) and housing (D).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Wichita, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place, and Botanica: The Wichita Gardens.

      Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Wichita is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Wichita is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Wichita come in at $120,800, which is 10.7% lower than the Kansas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Wichita, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 4% higher than the Kansas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Wichita area were 5.5% and 5 year appreciation rates were 3.9%.

      Wichita transportation information

      Statistic Wichita Kansas National
      Average one way commute18min19min26min
      Workers who drive to work84.5%82.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.6%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.7%0.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.4%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home3.1%4.2%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Wichita, KS data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).