The 10 Cheapest Wichita, KS Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Wichita.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Wichita
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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Wichita might be more expensive than living in rural Kansas, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Wichita neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Wichita are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Wichita for 2019? According to the most recent census data, South Area looks to be the cheaptest Wichita neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Wichita. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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 cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Wichita Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Wichita, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

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

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 71 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Wichita.’ We’re lookin’ at you, South Area.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Wichita. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Wichita For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,666
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.4 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (5th cheapest)
More on South Area: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in South Area comes in at $47,537 and the median home value is $68,129 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,076
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (13th cheapest)
More on South City Community: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in South City Community comes in at $37,900 and the median home value is $62,922 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,195
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (25th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (11th cheapest)
More on Riverside: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Riverside comes in at $45,546 and the median home value is $75,429 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,339
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (21st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (12th cheapest)
More on Pueblo: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Pueblo comes in at $35,903 and the median home value is $67,583 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,956
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (43rd cheapest)
More on Planeview United: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Planeview United comes in at $25,484 and the median home value is $42,725 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,507
Cost Of Living Index: 79 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.9 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.026 (59th cheapest)
More on Hilltop: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Hilltop comes in at $24,344 and the median home value is $22,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,911
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (33rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (22nd cheapest)
More on Southwest Village: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Southwest Village comes in at $44,776 and the median home value is $74,950 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 1,529
Cost Of Living Index: 79 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.9 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.026 (61st cheapest)
More on Oakview: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Oakview comes in at $25,379 and the median home value is $23,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 824
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (25th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.8 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (28th cheapest)
More on Macdonald: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Macdonald comes in at $41,569 and the median home value is $73,950 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,574
Cost Of Living Index: 89 (48th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.8 (16th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.007 (2nd cheapest)
More on Sherwood Glen: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Sherwood Glen comes in at $66,148 and the median home value is $120,100 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Wichita

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Wichita where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Wichita aren’t all cheap. Lambsdale takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Wichita.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Wichita For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 South Area 83
2 South City Community 82
3 Riverside 85
4 Pueblo 83
5 Planeview United 80
6 Hilltop 79
7 Southwest Village 86
8 Oakview 79
9 Macdonald 85
10 Sherwood Glen 89
11 Pleasant Valley 89
12 Southwest 85
13 Orchard Park 88
14 Linwood 82
15 Country Overlook 87
16 Sleepy Hollow 92
17 South Central Improvemen 82
18 Meadowlark 89
19 Power 81
20 Schweiter 86
21 Matlock Heights 83
22 North Riverside 88
23 East Mt Vernon Na 85
24 Mccormick 83
25 Chisholm Creek 89
26 Longview 92
27 Sunflower 85
28 Stanley-Aley 84
29 Historic Midtown 84
30 Fabrique 86
31 Crown Heights 95
32 New Salem 81
33 Northwest Big River 91
34 Ken-Mar 85
35 Hilltop-Jefferson 92
36 Mead 86
37 Benjamin Hills 90
38 Indian Hills Riverbend 91
39 Indian Hills 87
40 Schweiter East 85
41 K-15 89
42 La Placita Park 87
43 North Central 81
44 Delano 86
45 Kellogg School 83
46 Sunnyside 86
47 Murdock 83
48 The Elm 83
49 Northeast Millair 84
50 Fairmount 83
51 Northeast Heights 88
52 East Front 87
53 College Hill 97
54 Harrison Park Rk 99
55 Park Meadows 99
56 Delano Township 110
57 Cottonwood Village 93
58 Brookhollow 100
59 Village 96
60 Courtland 96
61 Eastridge 87
62 Central 2000 85
63 Mcadams 85
64 Rockhurst 101
65 Orchard Breeze 87
66 Comotara Mainsgate Villa 95
67 Crown Heights South 95
68 Jones Park 86
69 Uptown 90
70 Grandview Heights 93
71 Lambsdale 99

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.

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