Moving to Wichita, KS

Thinking about moving to Wichita?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 7,534 people have moved to Wichita, an increase of 2.0%. New residents are attracted to Wichita’s strong economic growth, affordable living, and family friendliness.

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Living

Wichita is home to 389,902 Wichitans. With an area of 159.3 square miles, Wichita has a population density of 2,448 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 644,672 people, of which Wichita proper’s population makes up 60%.

Housing

Affordable housing is one of best things Wichita has going for it. The median home value in Wichita is $122,000, -39% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Wichita is $91. Over the past 5 years, home values in Wichita have increased by 4%.

Renters in Wichita will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Wichita is $908 per month, which is 37% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Wichita have decreased by 1.0%.

Economy

Wichita’s economy is growing strong. The Wichita metro area’s GDP grew by 12% between 2010 and 2015, from $28 billion in 2010 to $31 billion in 2015, a total increase of $3 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $48,820. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Wichita, KS is $51,424, 9% lower than the national median. Wichita’s unemployment rate is 4.6%.

Wichita, KS Arts and Entertainment

Public

Public, 129 North Rock Island, Wichita, KS, USA

Doo-Dah Diner

Doo-Dah Diner, 206 East Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS, USA

The Monarch

579 West Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, USA

The Anchor

1109 E Douglas St Wichita, KS 67211

The Angry Elephant

2959 S Hillside St Wichita, KS 67216

Dempsey’s Biscuit Co

3425 E Douglas Ave Wichita, KS 67218

Bella Luna Cafe

Bella Luna Café, 4618 East Central Avenue, Wichita, KS, USA

Hangar One Steakhouse

Hangar One Steakhouse, 5925 West Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS, USA

Newport Grill

Newport Grill, 1900 North Rock Road, Wichita, KS, USA

Restaurants
Public
Doo-Dah Diner
The Monarch
The Anchor
The Angry Elephant
Dempsey’s Biscuit Co
Bella Luna Cafe
Hangar One Steakhouse
Newport Grill

Lucky’s Everyday

1217 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67211, USA

J's Lounge

513 E Central Ave Wichita, KS 67202

Barleycorn's

608 E Douglas Ave Wichita, KS 67202

Harry's Uptown Bar & Grill

3023 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, U

Mort's Martini Bar

208 E Madison Ave, Derby, KS 67037, USA

Wine Dive

4714 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67208, USA

Wheat State Distilling

246 N Mosley Wichita, KS 67202

Scotch & Soda

3827 W 13th St N Wichita, KS 67203

Club Boomerang

1400 E 1st Wichita, KS 67214

Nightlife
Lucky’s Everyday
J's Lounge
Barleycorn's
Harry's Uptown Bar & Grill
Mort's Martini Bar
Wine Dive
Wheat State Distilling
Scotch & Soda
Club Boomerang

Sedgwick County Zoo

5555 W Zoo Blvd, Wichita, KS 67212

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

204 S Main St, Wichita, KS 67202

Wichita Art Museum

1400 Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Old Cowtown Museum

1865 Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Museum of World Treasures

835 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202

Exploration Place

300 N McLean Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Kansas Aviation Museum

3350 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67210

Ulrich Museum

Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, KS

Mid-America All-Indian Center

650 N Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67203

Culture
Sedgwick County Zoo
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Wichita Art Museum
Old Cowtown Museum
Museum of World Treasures
Exploration Place
Kansas Aviation Museum
Ulrich Museum
Mid-America All-Indian Center

Weather

If hot weather isn’t your thing, you might want to think twice before moving to Wichita. Wichita winters are cold, with an average temperature of 39 degrees. Summers in Wichita are hot, with an average temperature of 77 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 66 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 46 degrees.

Don’t worry too much about packing your umbrella. Wichita only sees 88 rainy days per year on average and has an average annual rainfall of 32.6 inches. Wichita is relatively dry, with an average annual relative humidity of 66. And don’t foget to bring your sunglasses and tanning lotion! Wichita gets an average of 2,810 sunny hours per year and 128 sunny days, more than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Wichita does have some problems with violent crime, with a violent crime rate of 985 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a higher rate than average. Property crime rates in Wichita are relatively high, with a rate of 5,041 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Traffic is not as big of a problem in Wichita as it is in many other US cities. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Wichita spends 5.8 hours in traffic each year, with about 3% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a lower portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Wichita is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Wichita has a regional price parity of 98.8, -9.8% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Wichita’s workforce is not as educated as comparable cities. Only 18% is in possession of a Bachelor’s degree, and 12% of the population did not complete High School. Only 8% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Wichita is 35.2 years. 49.5% of the population in the Wichita metro area is male, while 50.5% is female. 7.1% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Wichita is 82% white, 7% African American, and 1% Asian.

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