The 10 Best Wichita Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 17 places around Wichita to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Wichita suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Wichita are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Wichita for 2021:

  1. Bel Aire
  2. Andover
  3. Kechi
  4. Rose Hill
  5. Derby
  6. Mulvane
  7. Goddard
  8. Clearwater
  9. Maize
  10. Valley Center

What's the best suburb of Wichita? Bel Aire ranks as the best suburb of Wichita for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Bel Aire, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Wichita 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Kansas:

The 10 Best Wichita Suburbs To Live For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,858
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $90,795
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate | Data

Bel Aire is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Wichita area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Bel Aire."

Everyone here is rich; families average $90,795 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Wichita region. And only 0.64% are out of work. Homes average more than $161,000 each.

Andover, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,062
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $89,302
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Andover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Andover is the second best 'burb we looked at near Wichita for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 4.26% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,745
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,873
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Kechi: Real Estate | Data

Here in Kechi, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Wichita metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Kechi.

Rose Hill, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,038
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $75,491
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Rose Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rose Hill ranks as the 4th best suburb of Wichita for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Rose Hill and the schools are some of the best around.

Derby, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,067
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $73,322
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Derby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Derby.

Derby gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Wichita area, where houses sell for an average of $165,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Mulvane, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,045
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $69,042
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Mulvane: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mulvane is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.92% which is 7th best in the area.

According to online reports, Mulvane is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Wichita area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,330
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $79,760
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Goddard: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Goddard.

Goddard schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 11.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,520
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $71,875
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.3%
More on Clearwater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clearwater is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.03% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,579
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $65,481
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Maize: Real Estate | Data

Is 'Everything Better In Maize?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,176
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Income: $70,819
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Valley Center: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Valley Center.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Wichita for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Wichita was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Wichita.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around Wichita.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Wichita." We're lookin' at you, Bel Aire. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Wichita 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Wichita, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Wichita Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Bel Aire, KS 7,858 $90,795
2 Andover, KS 13,062 $89,302
3 Kechi, KS 2,745 $98,873
4 Rose Hill, KS 4,038 $75,491
5 Derby, KS 24,067 $73,322
6 Mulvane, KS 6,045 $69,042
7 Goddard, KS 4,330 $79,760
8 Clearwater, KS 2,520 $71,875
9 Maize, KS 4,579 $65,481
10 Valley Center, KS 7,176 $70,819
11 Haysville, KS 11,132 $54,484
12 Augusta, KS 9,368 $48,887
13 Halstead, KS 2,277 $49,250
14 Newton, KS 18,877 $55,405
15 Cheney, KS 2,014 $62,823
16 Wellington, KS 7,788 $44,596
17 El Dorado, KS 12,988 $43,314

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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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