THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Wichita For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Wichita are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Wichita.
Best Neighborhoods In Wichita
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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Wichita, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Wichita neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Wichita are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Kansas and Wichita is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Wichita for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Crown Heights looks to be the best Wichita neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Wichita that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Wichita.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Wichita

Population: 1,213
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,200 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $69,798 (Third best)
More on Crown Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,403
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $127,800 (13th best)
Median Income: $53,966 (18th best)
More on Indian Hills Riverbend: Homes For Sale | Data

College Hill Wichita, KS

Population: 4,586
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $160,325 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $65,231 (Eighth best)
More on College Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

College Hill is a historic, predominantly residential neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas, United States.

Population: 833
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $116,600 (18th best)
Median Income: $43,547 (31st best)
More on Westlink: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 656
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $114,750 (19th best)
Median Income: $59,710 (11th best)
More on Longview: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,574
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $120,100 (16th best)
Median Income: $66,148 (Sixth best)
More on Sherwood Glen: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 261
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $142,700 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $56,771 (15th best)
More on Lambsdale: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 132
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $181,700 (Third best)
Median Income: $72,153 (Second best)
More on Rockhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Delano Township Wichita, KS

Population: 1,088
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $309,250 (First best)
Median Income: $95,739 (First best)
More on Delano Township: Homes For Sale | Data

Delano is a neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas, United States. A mixed commercial and residential area on the west bank of the Arkansas River, it is home to Friends University, LawrenceDumont Stadium, and Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County science museum.

Population: 14,253
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $99,944 (25th best)
Median Income: $50,640 (23rd best)
More on Chisholm Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Wichita, KS Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Wichita, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 72 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Wichita." We're lookin' at you, Crown Heights.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Wichita, Kansas has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Wichita

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Wichita where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Wichita aren't all good. Power takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Wichita.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Wichita For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Crown Heights 1,213 $143,200 $69,798
2 Indian Hills Riverbend 2,403 $127,800 $53,966
3 College Hill 4,586 $160,325 $65,231
4 Westlink 833 $116,600 $43,547
5 Longview 656 $114,750 $59,710
6 Sherwood Glen 1,574 $120,100 $66,148
7 Lambsdale 261 $142,700 $56,771
8 Rockhurst 132 $181,700 $72,153
9 Delano Township 1,088 $309,250 $95,739
10 Chisholm Creek 14,253 $99,944 $50,640
11 Crown Heights South 702 $136,900 $53,636
12 Pleasant Valley 1,009 $120,100 $66,148
13 Comotara Mainsgate Villa 643 $132,200 $54,668
14 Northeast Heights 2,892 $105,700 $36,164
15 Courtland 560 $143,200 $59,375
16 Village 709 $143,200 $59,375
17 North Riverside 4,131 $94,786 $48,513
18 Orchard Park 3,662 $98,880 $51,379
19 Cottonwood Village 605 $126,400 $51,346
20 K-15 2,063 $77,300 $44,097
21 Indian Hills 2,128 $94,033 $40,408
22 Brookhollow 437 $208,700 $62,772
23 Benjamin Hills 4,160 $112,417 $49,287
24 Harrison Park Rk 432 $139,300 $68,378
25 Macdonald 824 $73,950 $41,569
26 La Placita Park 2,264 $89,020 $40,072
27 Mead 3,208 $75,125 $37,226
28 Hilltop-Jefferson 1,960 $121,800 $57,773
29 Sleepy Hollow 491 $114,633 $64,435
30 Park Meadows 163 $139,300 $68,378
31 Southwest Village 6,911 $74,950 $44,776
32 Uptown 1,232 $104,800 $36,816
33 Meadowlark 1,126 $93,150 $51,366
34 Fabrique 2,562 $74,467 $38,434
35 Northwest Big River 1,706 $103,300 $55,744
36 Grandview Heights 1,542 $84,650 $39,314
37 Schweiter 1,023 $80,600 $40,740
38 Southwest 13,618 $77,953 $39,696
39 East Mt Vernon Na 2,001 $72,133 $37,105
40 Pueblo 6,339 $67,583 $35,903
41 Historic Midtown 7,705 $71,770 $32,732
42 Riverside 7,195 $75,429 $45,546
43 East Front 961 $90,867 $36,970
44 Eastridge 4,731 $88,100 $34,793
45 Sunnyside 1,407 $73,100 $34,372
46 Schweiter East 795 $86,850 $33,949
47 South City Community 7,076 $62,922 $37,900
48 Ken-Mar 1,904 $59,650 $32,532
49 Delano 5,771 $78,244 $35,434
50 Country Overlook 1,789 $74,167 $46,895
51 South Area 5,666 $68,129 $47,537
52 Sunflower 6,253 $72,525 $34,133
53 Planeview United 3,956 $42,725 $25,484
54 Jones Park 455 $73,200 $27,944
55 Northeast Millair 1,995 $58,650 $26,068
56 Mccormick 3,194 $58,457 $29,426
57 South Central Improvemen 8,132 $48,792 $26,141
58 Orchard Breeze 2,523 $75,933 $31,459
59 Kellogg School 2,519 $64,800 $26,458
60 Linwood 1,109 $44,400 $26,776
61 Murdock 1,157 $46,400 $21,478
62 Fairmount 1,207 $63,300 $24,449
63 Hilltop 1,507 $22,800 $24,344
64 Mcadams 844 $75,600 $26,964
65 Stanley-Aley 3,860 $62,540 $30,948
66 Matlock Heights 1,871 $41,200 $24,633
67 Oakview 1,529 $23,800 $25,379
68 The Elm 642 $46,400 $21,478
69 Central 2000 307 $75,600 $26,964
70 North Central 1,822 $42,867 $19,294
71 New Salem 544 $47,600 $21,324
72 Power 1,102 $37,967 $20,881

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.