Wichita, Kansas, situated in Sedgwick County, is a popular place to live, as is shown by the 9% population increase it has experienced over the last few years. Despite the fact that vacancy rates are falling, there are still plenty of opportunities for interested renters and home buyers in this city. Wichita offers plenty of fun and activities, a taste of some of the best barbecue around and an active nightlife. An affordable housing market makes this city the place to be for anyone looking to move to a new place.
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Housing Statistics The housing market in Wichita has looked rather promising over the past few years. Many newcomers have snatched up available vacancies, decreasing the apartment vacancy rate by 10.5 percent since January 2010. Fortunately, the vacancy rate is still above 8 percent, giving potential residents the opportunity to find an apartment or home that meets their needs and satisfactions. With a median gross rent of $690, Wichita is one of the most affordable U.S. cities to live in. Additionally, the city's median home sale price is $82,648, which is statistically lower than most cities. The annual residential turnover is right at 16% with the median years in residence is 3 years.
Weather and ClimateWichita is situated in Tornado Alley. Fortunately, residents haven access to community tornado shelters and many homeowners have opted for the installation of personal shelters. The weather in Wichita is generally sunny and hot during the summer months with average high ranging between the low 80s to low 90s and the average lows between the mid-60s and low 70s. During the spring and fall, average highs are between 50 and 60 degrees, and average lows are between the mid-40s and low 50s. Winter months are bearable, bringing in average highs of mid-40 temperatures and average lows ranging from the mid-20s to mid-30s.
Outdoor ActivitiesAre you the outdoorsy type? Then Wichita is the place to be. The city has plenty of outdoor activities, including Botanica: The Wichita Gardens. This gorgeous area of cultivated vegetation is located in Sim Park. There are themed areas of the garden such as the Butterfly Garden, Wildflower Garden and the Shakespeare Garden. There are also special programs to help children explore the beauty of nature. There is also the Great Plains Nature Center. This patch of nature gives you a more natural hiking experience. You travel through the thick greenery as you watch deer and various other wildlife scamper around you.
Map to the NeighborhoodsThere are several neighborhoods in the city of Wichita. Each of these neighborhoods offers something unique to potential residents. Learn what each of these neighborhoods has to offer below.
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