Quality of life and livability impacts not only the attitude and productivity of the existing work force, but also the ability of employers to recruit and retain key personnel. Wichita possesses a wide diversity of cultural, entertainment and recreational options that compare very well to that of many larger metro areas. Wichita also possesses what many larger metros lack – affordability, short and easy commuting and a high degree of public safety.
CQ Press compiles its State Overall Livability Rankings annually. The 2010 Rankings are based on 44 factors covering a broad range of economic, educational, health-oriented, public safety and environmental statistics reflecting a state’s basic quality of life. Kansas ranked 10th best in the 2010 livability rankings.
Forbes ranked Wichita second in Best Cities For Jobs In 2008. The Wichita area has excellent educational and training options – and a ready market for talent.
Wichita had several notable accolades in 2007, including second place ranking among mid-sized metros in Best Places for Relocating Families by Worldwide ERC-Primacy, and second place in Most Affordable Markets to Own a Home by Bizjournals.com. Expansion Management included Wichita among Five Star Quality of Life Metros – their top ranking.
In 2006, Money magazine listed Wichita as one of the Best Big Cities in the Nation to Live, and Kiplinger’s listed Wichita as one of the Top 40 Places to Live among cities that are fun, vibrant and affordable