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About Wichita

Recently named an "All-American" city for the fourth time, Wichita is Kansas' largest city filled with significant aviation and western heritage, arts and culture, entrepreneurs, festivals, and places to dine, shop, and play. The city is also noted for its breathtaking sunsets, beautiful weather, friendly residents, remarkable affordability, and ease of getting around. Once you discover Wichita's rich history, everything it has to offer now and in the near future, you'll find yourself in Wichita!

Wichita is an eclectic city with some of the greatest arts and entertainment in the Midwest. It is a destination with something for everyone! Experience what Wichita is best known for, its western heritage. Enjoy great family entertainment and all-you-can-eat Bar-B-Que at the Diamond W Chuckwagon Supper featuring the Diamond W Wranglers and step back in time and explore America's most authentic "Old West" town at Old Cowtown Museum, an outdoor, living history museum. The city also attracts the talents of famous artists including Pavarotti and Broadway productions. Discover the talents of local and national artists at the Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita Symphony Society, and Crown Uptown Professional Dinner Theater. You can also take in the significant works of public art located throughout the city along with an internationally-renowned collection of American art at the Wichita Art Museum.

Wichita is home to one of the country's top zoos, the Sedgwick County Zoo, with 2,500 animals of nearly 500 different species. Wichita's museums are world-class. Encounter hands-on exhibits at Exploration Place, the city's premier science center, or explore the history of the world at the Museum of World Treasures. Take a stroll through the fragrant gardens of Botanica, the Wichita Gardens. Delve into the "Air Capital's" rich aviation history at the Kansas Aviation Museum or uncover the wonderful heritage at the Kansas African American Museum and the Mid-American All-Indian Center including the city's symbol, the Keeper of the Plains which represents the city's Indian heritage.

For sports lovers, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame reminisces about the area's great athletes; however, you can experience the action live at Lawrence Dumont Stadium with the Wichita Wingnuts baseball team or the Wichita Thunder hockey team at our world-class downtown entertainment venue, Intrust Arena Join in the fun at All Star Sports, the Wichita Ice Center, or one of the 21 golf courses in the area.

The city's nightlife is just as active in Old Town. Old Town is the site for specialty shops, restaurants, and many of our nightclubs. Also located in Old Town, is one of three Warren Theaters, world-class motion picture theaters offering the finest facilities, reminiscent of the movie places of years gone by. The celebrating continues with the city's cultural arts and heritage festivals throughout the year. The nine-day Wichita River Festival, in May, is the largest special event in the state of Kansas. In the fall, the Wichita Flight Festival celebrates our claim to the "Aviation Capital of the World," and The Tallgrass Film Festival showcases independent films. Our Cinco de Mayo Celebration in May is a fiesta commemorating our Hispanic heritage. Other events include the Wichita Black Arts Festival which is held in September along with one of the nation's largest Native American Pow-Wows. This is just a small taste of everything Wichita has to offer today.

Wichita boasts an annual commute time of 18.5 minutes. Even with its many amenities, its reasonable overall cost-of-living recently earned Wichita a #6 ranking in Forbes Best-Bang-For-The-Buck Cities in 2009 and a spot in the Brookings Institution's Top 15 Recession-Resistant Cities. Housing is a particular bargain in the Wichita market. The median selling price of existing (previously owned) single-family homes in the Wichita metro area was $108,700 in the First Quarter 2009 survey by the National Association of Realtors. Wichita homes averaged 36% below the national median price of $169,000.

New Home prices are also quite reasonable. First Quarter 2009 median sale price of all new construction single-family homes in the Wichita metro area was $191,770. That is 18% below the corresponding national figure of $233,700. Wichita parents have many high-quality options in deciding the appropriate educational environment for their children. In 2007, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, ranked the Wichita Public School System 7th best in the nation for academic achievement. Wichita Public Schools have enrollment of nearly 49,000 students in 104 unique learning centers.

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