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Best Cities 2010: Wichita, KS

City: Wichita

State: Kansas

Best Cities Overall Rank: 46

About Wichita:

Pizza Hut and White Castle both originated in Wichita.

Wichita has over 125 miles of bicycle trails and routes, 17 golf courses, and 107 parks!

Kansas is among the top 10 "sunniest" states in the country with more sunny days than Florida.

Wichita had a 92.31% graduation rate in 2008, is home to two Blue Ribbon schools and six NAEYC-Accredited preschools.

County: Sedgwick

Population: 366,046

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Wichita Eagle

Wichita blogs: Frugal Home Maker Plus, Wilson's Trips, Wichita Coupon Mom 

Wichita's Facebook page: Follow Wichita on Facebook 

Wichita's Twitter page: Follow Wichita on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 49

High School graduation rate 2008: 92.31%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.55

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 6

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.64

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.9

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,186

 

Health rank: 65

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.27

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 67

Violent Crimes, 2008: 3091

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 844.43

Sex Offenders: 877

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 239.59

 

Economy rank: 24

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 17.3        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.59    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 489

Median Home List Price: $129,900                         

 

Recreation Rank: 52

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4458          

Parkland per 100,000: 1217.88

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