Since Kansas is geographically located close to the middle of the country, you can travel to any location in the country and not have far to go. Enjoy all four seasons of the year and have fun in a little bit of winter snow. The fall, spring and summer seasons bring blue skies and lots of gusty winds. The cost of nearly everything is on the low end, including the housing. If all that is not enough, the people are just genuinely friendly.
Seniors enjoy living in areas that have enjoyable amenities, quality housing, low crime, low cost of living, and good weather. These are some of the metrics that AreaVibes uses to rate Wichita neighborhoods. Here are some of the Wichita neighborhoods with some of the highest livability scores:
Eastborough is an eastside neighborhood that gets high marks for amenities, housing, crime, and weather, despite the higher cost of housing. It’s fairly close to one of Wichita’s best attractions—the Kansas Aviation Museum.
College Hill is a neighborhood that is filled with beautiful and unique homes surrounded by mature trees. The neighbors are friendly and with lots of amenities and a low cost of living, College Hill is a desirable neighborhood.
Rockhurst is one of Wichita’s top neighborhoods. With a crime rate of 60% less than the city of Wichita, Rockhurst offers desirable senior living.
Courtland is a neighborhood that borders Eastborough and has many of the same great amenities and low cost of living. A high livability score makes Courtland a prime place to retire.
Derby is a sprawling community just south of Wichita. If you don’t mind a slightly higher cost of housing, Derby gets nearly perfect marks for low crime and low cost of living. The Historical Museum is a highlight of the town.
Village is a neighborhood that is also situated very close to the College Hill and Eastborough neighborhoods. It has a slightly higher crime rate than some of its neighbors, but it’s still considered one of the best neighborhoods in Wichita.
Crown Heights is a neighborhood on the east side of Wichita, yet it is still close to the zoo and downtown museums. AreaVibes gives Crown Heights an A+ for having plentiful amenities.
Brookhollow is an area that is one of the easternmost suburbs of Wichita. That makes it conveniently close to the airport and interstate highways. The area rates high for having lots of amenities, affordable housing, low crime rate, and low cost of living.
Most of the sites and attractions are in the center of the city or are slightly north or west of the best neighborhoods, but traffic is light and the travel makes them worthwhile. Seniors can visit many of them for a few bucks, or even for free.
Nature lovers will love Botanica, Wichita’s botanical gardens. Seniors can also enjoy the Sedgwick Zoo with their senior friends, spouse, children or grandchildren. Another free attraction is the Great Plains Nature Center.
Seniors will love joining their friends or families on a visit to one of the many Wichita museums. Here is an offering of some of them:
Wichita Art Museum-it’s always free on Saturdays Museum of World Treasures Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum-seniors get in for just $2 on Wednesdays. Old Cowtown Museum Great Plains Transportation Museum-enjoy for a $5 admission or buy two tickets and get two free. Kansas Sports Museum Ulrich Museum of Art-free admission. Coutts Memorial Museum of Art WWII History Center
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