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-Cost of living
-Attractive downtown
-Arts & culture


-Harsh climate
-Economic cycles

What Bert Has To Say About Wichita Metro Area

It may surprise some, but Wichita is the largest city in Kansas (most of Kansas City is in Missouri). Surrounded by wheat fields and oil-industry facilities, this traditional Midwestern city has a diverse agricultural and industrial economy. In part because of its invulnerable central U.S. location, World War II aircraft design and production facilities were located in the area. Today aviation firms like Beech, Cessna (Raytheon), Stearman, Lear (Bombardier), and Boeing all have plants nearby, and there are numerous supporting precision parts and engineering firms in the area.

Downtown Wichita has undergone renewal, and the city center has new and attractive parks and a new convention center along the Arkansas River. Arts and entertainment facilities contribute to a strong community feel. The workforce is relatively well-educated and paid, the Cost of Living Index is very reasonable with good housing values to be found. With 170 miles to Tulsa and 190 miles to Kansas City, residents are mainly dependent on local features. The area ranks consistently well in most categories.

Wichita is mainly flat with trees along the river and its tributaries. The climate is continental. Masses of warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico collide with cold, dry air from the Arctic to create a wide range of weather year-round. Summers are usually warm and humid, but can be extremely hot and dry. Winters are usually mild with brief periods of very cold weather and high windchill. Summer temperatures above 90 degrees (F) are common, while winter below-zero highs occur about 2 days per year. Seventy percent of precipitation falls from April through September. The range of annual precipitation is notable, with over 50 inches in wet years and less than 15 in dry years. Thunderstorms occur mainly during spring and early summer with potential for damaging rain, hail, winds, and tornadoes.


Quick Facts About Wichita

    The unemployment rate in Wichita is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Wichita jobs have Increased by 0.30 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Wichita's cost of living is 13.00% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Wichita's population is 381,176 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 7.37 percent.
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Wichita is $118,700. Home appreciation the last year has been -0.40 percent.
    Wichita public schools spend $13,358 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.7 students per teacher in Wichita.

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I do not recommend anyone ever move here
Terrible schools, they are behind schools in California, Washington and probably every where else. The worst doctors I have ever encountered, I have lived in NM, WV, CA,... (read more)
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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... (read more)
Not a Nice Place to Live
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... (read more)
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