As Dorothy says, “There’s no place like home,” and when it comes to living in Wichita that couldn’t be more true. But…
Like every city, living in Wichita has its drawbacks that you should consider before you fully commit to moving here. Are you ready for the nitty-gritty truth? Then keep on reading.
1. The Weather is Wicked, Windy and Wacky.
Wichita is home to all four seasons but it can be wacky at times, with 70 degrees in November and 30 degrees in April. The song Against the Wind will surely be running through your head about 75 percent of the time. I’m pretty sure who ever nicknamed Chicago the Windy City, never lived in Wichita!
Although, Wichita is not susceptible to hurricanes, you can definitely get your share of wicked tornados. I can now understand why Kansas is the home state of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
2. Well Isn’t That Special…Not!
When you hear the word specials in Wichita, it’s not that special.
Although, housing costs are lower than those of larger metro areas you have to pay specials. Let me explain why they are not so special. Instead of the developer of the housing addition paying for putting in the streets and utilities and wrapping that into the cost of the home, the city pays for it. That means you pay the city so much per month with interest over the course of 10, 15 or even 20 years.
3. The City is Divided.
Although, Wichita is a quarter of the size of other major cities, it is divided into east and west and God forbid the two should ever meet. For those of us coming from larger cities, it is nothing to drive 30 or 45 minutes or even longer to get from one side of town to the other. In Wichita, it takes about 20 minutes. The locals will not leave their side and when they do, it about sends them into a panic attack. I am on the Eastside and joke that when I go to the West side of town, I better pack a lunch in case I get hungry in the 18 minutes it takes me to get there.
4. Foodies Will Suffer.
Wichita is a test market for fast food restaurants so there are quite a few chains around. There are some decent locally owned restaurants but real foodies are going to miss the chef driven restaurants that change their menus seasonally and offer uniquely prepared dishes.
5. It’s Called the Air Capitol of the World, But You Wouldn’t Know It.
Wichita is heavy in the aviation industry and is nicknamed the Air Capitol of the World, so you would think it would be easy to fly in and out of. But if you are an avid traveler for business or pleasure you will have a hard time getting to where you are going without having at least one connection. You will also notice that flights can also be a bit more expensive.
6. There is no NFL or MLB.
If you are a die hard football fan, baseball fan or both, Wichita does not have a team for either. The closest teams are going to be the KC Chiefs and KC Royals. If you plan to attend one of those games it will take you about three hours to get there.
Other than that Wichita is great! If you are contemplating a move, Wichita does have quite a few things to offer. Find out more in the article 20 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Wichita.