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Vickie
Wichita, KS

Wichita is very arts oriented with several museums and galleries. There are also many bronze statues around town and in the many parks which are very nice. Douglas St in downtown has 3 blocks where the statues are on the sidewalks, quite a site to see.

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james
Wichita, KS

American Dream Is Alive and Well In Oz - 10/9/2014

I've lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, (25 years), Scottsdale and Newport Beach, Ca, yet amongst all the places I've lived there is no better than Wichita for a variety of reasons, yet allow me to share a few. 1.) Low cost of living-(you can acquire a very nice home in a nice neighborhood with good schools for under 200k and everything is less here. Gas, Food, Drinks, Dry Cleaning, Parking, etc.) 2.) No traffic congestion. (I commuted 2-3+ hours a day in Southern California) 3.) Very nice people who greet everyone and would help a stranger in a minute. 4.) High quality of life. -(more days of sunshine with blue sky than in Miami) 5.) Centrally located for travel by car or plane.

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Vicki
Wichita, KS

Not a Nice Place to Live - 9/6/2014

For years I have been listening to my neighbor beat on his drum set. As he's gotten older, he's also gotten stronger, and beats on his drums even harder. I talked to him about it one day as the noise from his drums was driving me crazy. He said he didn't realize it was that loud as he wears noise cancelling headphones while he beats on the drums. He said he "was sorry", but he went back to his house and started beating on the drums again. The people that live on either side of his house don't appreciate the noise either, but don't want to rock the boat. I finally called the police and this individual seems to start drumming with minutes of me getting home. I can be gone for hours and he doesn't play, but when I get home he starts immediately. The police say that the prosecutor will not prosecute as he is a juvenile and that I just have to live with it. So, if you don't mind being in your house and someone in another house beating on the drums whenever they feel like it (currently I believe he's allowed to beat his drums from 7am to 10pm each and every day) then this is the place for you. If I ever get enough money to leave Wichita, I will be gone so fast. This "nut job" neighbor sometimes beats on his drums 8 or nine times a day (anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour each time). I can honestly say that over all the years he's been beating on the drums that he has not even learned an entire song.

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Ryan
Wichita, KS

Not a bad little city. - 8/15/2014

Wichita has its ups and downs,but I find the city refreshing compared to overlandpark.

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Al

Crime And Culture In Wichita-KS - 2/12/2013

I moved here about 2.5 years ago due to my job, and it certainly is amazing to find out how high the crime rate in Wichita-KS is as compared to other cities. I live in an upper-middle class neighborhood, but during the past year, my neighbor's truck got stolen, some thieves have tried to break into my house. Some did break into my neighbor's garage and stole items from his vehicle. There have been several other breakin-instances during this time. I was told that the reasons of all these crimes are: Firstly, the people are not very well educated, many are druggies, and worst thing is that there are no severe penalties for these crimes. Most of these criminals are out on bail/loose waiting months to go to courts and during that time they stay busing earning their "livelihood" without getting caught harming the community. It's a pity that the many people I come across have not travelled or lived outside of Kansas, & they really think Wichita has very low crime rate. It amazes me that general public really thinks that way! A wise man once said, "The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance." Add to the wrong, Wichita people in general are also discriminatory towards blacks or other minorities.

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Eagle
Beverly Hills, CA

This is almost the perfectly perfect town. - 11/13/2012

Wichita is just big enough but still small enough, just like Goldilocks choice of bedding and lunch. Every major retailer has at least one location here like Best Buy, HomeDepot, Lowes. A single strip of cosmopolitan shops stretches through the center of town, old money wealth keeps Wichita stable since WW2 era aviation companies built factories here far away from the vulnerable coastlines. Koch Industries (the Koch brothers) is headquartered here and their main facility looms over the town like Montgomery Burns power plant, the building's imposing presence feels like Darth Vader's Eagle's Nest of the Kansas Alps. Tornado's seem to hover here, Wichita is in the center lane of "tornado alley" and the months of March - June are scariest here since tornadoes usually behave like freight trains but they seem to slow down and just hover over Wichita as if stopped by god's vindictive thumb regardless of your religion. Atheists quickly convert here during the tornadic season, crime is pretty low and seemingly isolated into a small, tightly packed zone of downtown poverty that feels more like a modern day Barter Town with nightly news reports of Thunderdome festivities. Major airport access is non existent, you'll have to drive three hours to Kansas City International Airport or wait for the sporadic major flights out of "Wichita International" Cruise ships dock here more frequently than United Airlines departures.

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Lyla
Alto, GA

Crime in Kansas??... - 10/23/2012

Can anyone tell me why the crime rate (ie: especially Wichita) is exceptionally high? Truth please. Thank you

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Darrell
Wichita, KS

Wichita Kansas - 2/4/2012

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. It is noted as the AirCapital of the world due to the large number of aircraft manufacturers that are located here. Now that Boeing has elected to leave that status my change. Currently Bombardier is expanding with plans that would offset the Boeing exit.

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Chris
Wichita, KS

Housing in Wichita Ks 1/2012 - 1/18/2012

There are TONS and TONS of Apartments, houses, and duplexes for rent but all the landlords here must think they are special because they can turn down potential tennants... Even ones with CASH ready to move in and sign a lease... Are there that many people in line looking for a place to live? I don't see them... Just because one has a not so spotless credit rating doesn't mean they don't have money in the bank... Just words of wisdom for ya... Most other cities around Wichita will be happy to take your cash and give you the keys! Wichita isn't all that special either! Ifr you have a choice, pick a smaller city within a short drive of Wichita, you can thank me later!

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Bp
Wichita, KS

Blacks in Wichita - 11/5/2011

All I have to say is that Wichita is not a place for Blacks. Extremely racist, all the way from the police down to just every day people. Those who don't believe it are probably not of this ethnicity. Everything in Wichita fits one race and one race only. Bills are more expensive in Northeast Wichita. Yet, they keep rent cheaper there. If you want to move to a different neighborhood, it is difficult. First chance I get, I'm running the other way. Police harrassment is ridiculous. I am raising 3 sons, and it is hard!! So, my goal next year is to move to a place where you don't have to worry about those kinds of things as much.... Wichita is still definitely in the 60's.

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Abhd
Wichita, KS

a GREAT place to live - 7/15/2011

All you people saying there's no shopping obviously have not been to New Market Square or the very upscale Bradley Fair stores. True our malls are not the very best, but not the worst by far either. We have old town with plenty of night clubs. The Riverside area is clean and nice homes, sorry but not just the rich of Maize and Rock rd are clean. We are very clean people. You need to come out of your box and see what Wichita truly is. We have the art museum, Opera, a new arena with plenty of concerts including Elton John,George Straight,and many others. Ice hockey, indoor football, minor league baseball at a newly remodeled field. Plenty of golf courses, ice skating, roller skating, a beautiful botanical gardens, two adventure centers, youth sports include volleyball, football, cheerleading, softball, and more. chili cookoff, river festival, craft fairs, plenty of museums(have you been to any?) an Imax theatre, The Wichita symphony, the Wichita theatrical plays, Exploration place, Delano district shopping. Car shows, boat shows, Tea rooms, beautiful parks, lakes and more. You can get a burger,coke and fries for $2.99. Try finding that in Mn, New York, NM, or anywhere for that matter. Upscale restraunts are also here. And illegals are everywhere hate to tell you.. And I don't worry everyday that we are going to be bombed by terrorists.. give me this city any day. If you prefer a big city good MOVE!

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Bp
Valley Center, KS

Where people still matter... - 4/10/2011

Wow. For someone complaining about how rude, dirty, hypocritical and uneducated the people in Wichita are, you surely seem to fit the bill. If you have made any attempt to be involved in this community you might be surprised to find that the people of Wichita are very caring, family oriented and hard working. This may not be the cultural epicenter, but who can find fault for desiring to live a more simple life where family and home life is more important than the pursuit of trivial pleasures such as which sweet new nightclub can I find someone to hook up with. Wichita provides a relatively safe environment and good school systems for kids no matter what part of town you live in. There is cultural diversity, plenty of shopping, restaurants, and activities to enjoy that revolve around the family. Housing is steady and affordable and the average commute is about 20 minutes anywhere in the city. If you are someone who is looking to live in a city that offers the convenience of big city amenities without the arrogant big city mentality and wish to raise kids in a place where morals still matter, then Wichita may be the place for you. And to the former resident who has nothing positive to say, please leave and dwell in your own misery somewhere else. Who's keeping you here, anyway?

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mje
Wichita, KS

Decent Affordable Housing - 12/24/2010

Like any other town or city, Wichita KS has it's ups and downs. It is really what you make of it. Currently, like the rest of the country, Wichita is battling a stubborn unemployment rate, a lot of it due to layoffs from the aircraft industry. By the grace of God, I am GENUINELY THANKFUL to be fully employed with health insurance and profit sharing to go along with it, (fortunately outside of the aircraft industry). One REALLY bright spot in Wichita KS is affordable housing. I currently live in a one bedroom 650 square foot apartment on the (Central) North West side of town. My monthly rent is $425.00 a month. I live in a decent working class to middle class neighborhood with a supermarket practically across the street from me. The people are decent and the complex is immaculately kept up. I go to great lengths to make sure that all rent and utilities are kept up to date. Having originally lived in the Northeast, this place is an absolute Godsend to me. Currently, the population of Wichita KS, give or take, is approximately 350,000 to 400,000 people.

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txu2010
Wichita, KS

Stay away... - 8/14/2010

I would say that wichita is good for some people. First off, anyone moving here needs to understand that this is a blue collar/military town. Because of that the general education rate here is very low. You will not find a lot of arts, culture, or lounge style night life. Next thing that you need to understand is that this is not a city, it is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. That and there is absolutely nothing to do if you enjoy the former things that I mentioned. The town is very cliquey. Being that, a lot of the people can come across as extremely rude. That and it seems that if you leave the Rock road east side area or the Maize area, the town and people are I am sorry to say this but physically dirty. The roads in these parts of town are really bad and the crime is high. Now for the good stuff. If you like living in a town where you have no privacy, because there is nothing to do but talk about other people, then yes this would be a good place for you. Imagine if you can a place where everyone has bibles spread out in their living rooms, but they are just for decoration. The only time that people seem happy is when they watch others suffer. Yes housing is cheap because no one wants to live here! The only people moving here is illegal Mexicans. I was raised here so this is not a brash assessment. I have also lived in Dallas, Houston, and Denver. So be careful when you read Forbes saying that this is a great place. They only looked at the demographics. I doubt they actually made a thorough visit. For parents do not move your kids here unless you want them to learn that theater is going to the movies. For single people, this is a small pond that has not been just fished, its been dredged. You might catch a bucket or old shoe at best. The happiest day of my life will be when I see this town fade away in the rear view mirror.

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txu2010
Wichita, KS

Living in Wichita - 8/14/2010

I would say that wichita is good for some people. First off, anyone moving here needs to understand that this is a blue collar/military town. Because of that the general education rate here is very low. You will not find alot of arts, culture, or lounge style night life. Next thing that you need to understand is that this is not a city, it is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. That and there is absolutely nothing to do if you enjoy the former things that I mentioned. The town is very cliquey. Being that, alot of the people can come across as extremely rude. That and it seems that if you leave the Rock road east side area or the Maize area, the town and people are I am sorry to say this but physically dirty. The roads in these parts of town are really bad and the crime is high. Now for the good stuff. If you like living in a town where you have no privacy, because there is nothing to do but talk about other people, then yes this would be a good place for you. Imagine if you can a place where everyone has bibles spread out in their living rooms, but they are just for decoration. The only time that people seem happy is when they watch others suffer. Yes housing is cheap because no one wants to live here! The only people moving here is illegal Mexicans. I was raised here so this is not a brash assessment. I have also lived in Dallas, Houston, and Denver. So be careful when you read Forbes saying that this is a great place. They only looked at the demographics. I doubt they actually made a thorough visit. For parents do not move your kids here unless you want them to learn that theater is going to the movies. For single people, this is a small pond that has not been just fished, its been dredged. You might catch a bucket or old shoe at best. The happiest day of my life will be when I see this town fade away in the rear view mirror.

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Eric
Sioux Falls, SD

housing - 7/9/2010

very reasonable

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Joan
Wichita, KS

Practically everything a person/family needs in a - 11/18/2009

Wichita, KS is a great city to live in! It has anything a single person or family would want for entertainment, physical activity, sports, and shopping. There are unique areas/neighborhoods of the city that are reminicent of 'days gone by' celebrating fantastic shopping & beautiful architecture. River festivals, cultural events, various theater genres, wine & beer events, nationally recognized Universities provide varied interest throughtout the year. Some neighborhoods in the city are similar to a small town within the Wichita city limits. Accessing all areas within the city is made 'driver friendly' by the use of Kellogg's/54 quick drive across town.

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Ilex
Wichita, KS

cost of living - 10/29/2009

We recently moved to Wichita due to a job transfer from the East Coast. We heard the cost of living was lower than what we were used to. Were we in for a shock when we received our 1st water bill for a total of 10 days of use the bill was $66.00!. The price of 12 ears of corn $5.00, we paid $1.99 home and isn't grown here? The sales tax is higher and it is even on food. Don't let anyone kid you about how inexpensive it is here, yeah housing is lower because no one wants to live here.

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Ilex
Wichita, KS

Do not come - 10/24/2009

My husband and I moved to Wichita from Connecticut due to a job transfer. I must say Wichita is next to worst places to live out of the 10 places we have moved to over his career. There is nothing to do and no shopping what so ever. I don't see how anyone can say they like living here. On top of that is is expensive. Our water bill was $66.00 for 10 days. The grocery store wants $5.00 for 12 ears of corn. Are you kidding me? I got the same amount in Ct for $1.99. I rather me dead than live here.

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MJE
Wichita, KS

Manageable Rent - Attempted Living Expense Managem - 10/21/2009

I live in Wichita KS, northwest side of town, area of N. West St. and W. 13th. St.. I live in an apartment complex where the rent is $425.00 a month for a one bedroom apartment, 650 square feet. This part of town is quite decent and very peaceful. There is Dillons Supermarket, Quik-Trip convenience store, and Wichita Federal Credit Union all close to one another. As for myself, I am a retail clerk, in my 50's, working for a major retail company earning between $8.00 to $9.00 an hour, fortunately with health insurance. Believe me, I am very grateful for this job. Wichita KS is a place that a lower income individual can find a decent place to live. However, it does take a lot of work on one's part. I will admit that my pay check is still quite "stretched". I really went out of my way to try to find a place that was also very close to a major supermarket to avoid as much driving as possible. Also, I was quite fortunate to be within walking distance from my credit union. My job is 7 miles away from where I live. I drive 75 miles round trip each week. At one time, I used to drive in excess of 250 miles each week, getting to and from work. No matter where one goes, it is very hard to be a lower income person. However, because of more manageable rent places in Wichita, other living expense management becomes more bearable.

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kmccune
Wichita, KS

Wichita Economy - 10/5/2009

The economy here can be very, very scary! They call it the "Air Capital" for a reason and when aircraft isn't doing well neither is anything else in this city.

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