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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 2022:
What's the best suburb of Wichita? Andover ranks as the best suburb of Wichita for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Andover, 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 2022
Andover is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Wichita area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Andover."
Everyone here is rich; families average $98,320 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Wichita region. And only 1.45% are out of work. Homes average more than $212,200 each.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $98,320
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Andover: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Bel Aire is the second best 'burb we looked at near Wichita for 2022.
It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.49% of residents lack insurance, good for best.
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $84,605
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Bel Aire: 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.
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $100,069
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Kechi: Real Estate | Data
Derby ranks as the 4th best suburb of Wichita for 2022.
You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Derby and the schools are some of the best around.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $74,447
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Derby: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Coming in as the fifth best is Rose Hill.
Rose Hill gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the Wichita area, where houses sell for an average of $151,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,046
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Rose Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Clearwater 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 2.32% which is 6th best in the area.
According to online reports, Clearwater is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Wichita area, meaning you need to get in soon.
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $73,073
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
More on Clearwater: Real Estate | Data | Photos
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.
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $82,270
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Goddard: Real Estate | Data
Mulvane 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 3.76% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $65,286
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on Mulvane: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Is 'Everything Better In Maize?'
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.
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,856
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Maize: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2022 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.
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,250
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Valley Center: Real Estate | Data
Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Wichita for 2022
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 2016-2020 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, Andover. 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.
Summary: Welcome to the Best Wichita 'Burbs of 2022
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
|2||Bel Aire, KS||8,082|
|5||Rose Hill, KS||4,086|
|10||Valley Center, KS||7,843|
|16||El Dorado, KS||12,976|