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Wichita is one of the most affordable places to live in the US

“One benefit of living in Wichita is the cost of living, which is below the national median,” the report said.

The Wichita Eagle



If you’re looking for a cheaper place to live than Wichita, you may have very few options, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

Wichita was ranked third by the company among the 25 cheapest places to live in the US, just below Huntsville, Alabama, and just ahead of Springfield, Missouri. Fort Wayne, Indiana. took first place.

The company ranked 25 cities based on data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, Department of Labor and internal sources.

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Wichita took third place based on median household income of $71,484, median home price of $173,799 and median monthly rent of $1,079. According to US News & World Report, the unemployment rate is currently 5.86%.

By comparison, Fort Wayne has a median household income of $71,507 and a median home price of $169,485. U.S. News & World Report cited a monthly average rent of $1,078.

“One benefit of living in Wichita is the cost of living, which is below the national median. House prices and rental prices are cheap compared to what you would find in coastal cities. Residents here typically spend about the same on daily expenses like groceries and utilities as the average American. However, Kansas has some of the highest sales taxes in the country,” the report said.

The 10 Cheapest Places to Live from US News & World Report

Here are the 10 most affordable places to live in the US this year from US News & World Report:

  1. Fort Wayne, IN
  2. Huntsville, AL
  3. Wichita, KS
  4. Springfield, MO
  5. Davenport, IA
  6. Hickory, NC
  7. Montgomery, AL
  8. Green Bay, Wis
  9. Little Rock, AR
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

What are the best places to live in 2024?

Wichita not only ranked as the cheapest places to live, but it also ranked as the best places to live in the US. The city ranked 72nd out of 150 cities.

Naples, Florida, took first place in that category, followed by Boise, Idaho and Colorado Springs.

Here are the ten best places to live in the US, from US News & World Report:

  1. Naples, FL
  2. Boise, ID
  3. Colorado Springs, CO
  4. Greensville, SC
  5. Charlotte, NC
  6. Raleigh, NC
  7. Huntsville, AL
  8. Virginia Beach, VA
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Boulder, CO

Lindsay Smith is a journalism reporter for the Wichita Eagle. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Wichita State University’s student newspaper, The Sunflower, for two years. She graduated from WSU in December 2022 with a degree in journalism.