With a population of nearly 390,000, Wichita, Kansas is the state’s largest city — and it’s growing. Population numbers have risen over 4% since 2010. That’s not surprising with Wichita’s reasonable cost of living, low housing costs, solid economy, and lively downtown.
Wichita continues to build beyond its traditional agricultural history. Today, Wichita is home not only to the state’s traditional cattle and grain industries but to oil and aviation businesses as well. Aviation companies, like Beech, Cessna, Stearman, Lear, and Boeing, as well as the supporting parts and engineering firms, have earned this region the nickname “Air Capital of the World.”
The downtown area has attractive parks, a new convention center along the Arkansas River, an emerging art scene, and an eclectic selection of restaurants and nightlife. Wichita is home to 33 museums covering subjects as diverse as science, railroading, art, and the old west. Residents and visitors flock to the city’s popular zoo and the Botanica Wichita, a public garden featuring 18 acres of plant life.