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My husband is considering a job transfer Wichita, KS and I was wondering if anyone from that area can give me some information on cost of living, weather conditions, etc. Anything at all would be appreciated. Thanks.
Joan from FL
Find a local Realtor, she will send you a package of information for the area with lots of housing to pick from included. You can price house yourself at www.realtor.com to get an idea of areas you can afford and like to househunt in. A huge timesaver.Go to google, type in Witchita, KS, then go to the chamber of commerce, they will send you info on the area. Jill
I'm from Wichita - my sister and her family still live there. The weather is very midwest: hot summers with humidity and colder winters with wind chill but beautiful springs and autumns.
Wichita sits where two rivers meet and so is very green. Like any other larger city, it is sprawling and the small towns are being gobbled up by urban sprawl. The city is trying to revitalize the downtown area and the older homes (mostly victorian or craftman style) nearby have lots of charm and sit close to the big park where the rivers meet.
Every May Wichita has a weeklong festival call Riverfest that is lots of fun for families.
Economically, Wichita has a higher than average unemployment rate and so good jobs may be hard to find. I would be sure the company he's looking at is stable and will be in for the long-haul.
Schools are very good and the Wichita school system has magnet schools for kids with special interests and/or talents. My niece is in one and it's the equivilant of a private education. Wichita is very much a heartland type of city - the general policital atmosphere is conservative and Republicans rule the roost in the whole state.
Kansas City is a four hour drive and the Ozarks are within in five hours. Oklahoma City is two hours away and Denver is seven/eight.
Hope this helps, good luck with your decision.
I really like it here - I am originally from the east coast. Its a great place to raise kids, work, and live. There is housing of all types and costs and unlike a lot of other areas you don't need to be "a millionaire" to own your own home. I have lived in two of the biggest cities prior to Wichita and was ready for a slower paced and more user friendly city. If you get really bored here it is easy to get away. The day to day quality of life is great - is all what you are looking for.
I currently live in Topeka, Kansas and have lived here my whole life. I've wanted to move to Wichita since my junior year of high school, but have put it off for three years. I'm finally at the point where I feel like I am ready to move and my boyfriend has agreed to move with me.
You can research every city by contacting their chamber of commerce. For your city, here is a link.http://wichitachamber.org