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.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Wichita:
- Crown Heights
- College Hill
- Indian Hills Riverbend
- Chisholm Creek
- Northwest Big River
- Orchard Park
- Benjamin Hills
- Delano Township
- Indian Hills
Read on to see how we determined the places around Wichita that deserve a little bragging rights.
How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Wichita?
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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 49 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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Crown Heights
Population: 1,441Median Home Price: $148,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,781
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
2. College Hill
Population: 5,073Median Home Price: $151,250
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,483
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
3. Indian Hills Riverbend
Population: 2,350Median Home Price: $122,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,110
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
4. Chisholm Creek
Population: 13,177Median Home Price: $128,757
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,303
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Population: 1,978Median Home Price: $128,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,839
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
6. Northwest Big River
Population: 1,908Median Home Price: $101,200
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,811
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
7. Orchard Park
Population: 3,679Median Home Price: $97,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,802
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
8. Benjamin Hills
Population: 4,564Median Home Price: $113,783
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,496
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
9. Delano Township
Population: 1,255Median Home Price: $251,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,320
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
10. Indian Hills
Population: 1,908Median Home Price: $97,333
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,871
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Wichita
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Wichita where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Wichita:
- Matlock Heights
- Northeast Millair
For more reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Kansas
- These Are The 10 Most Stressed Out Places In Kansas
- 10 Small Towns In Kansas Where You’d Never Want To Live
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Wichita
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