Wichita is located in south central Kansas along the Arkansas River and is the largest city in the state, with approximately 385,000 residents and a metropolitan area of about 630,000. A four-time All-America City award winner, Wichita is a dynamic community that offers big city amenities with a small town, friendly atmosphere.
Wichita is emerging as a more attractive selection for young professionals, as it offers short and easy commutes, a low cost of living, exceptional educational opportunities, a broad range of arts and cultural attractions, and numerous entertainment options. Residents and visitors can enjoy a convention and arts center that houses professional opera, symphony, ballet, and music companies, and hosts a variety of performances, including Broadway musical tours. Wichita's arts community also includes numerous cinematic and performance theaters that offer independent, classic, and new films and plays.
Wichita is also home to three universities, three minor league sports teams, eleven golf courses, more than 4,300 acres of parks and greenways, and several annual festivals, including the popular Riverfest. Independent local musicians and artists entertain and inspire on a monthly basis during the First Friday music crawl and Final Friday art gallery crawl through the downtown area. Additionally, the new downtown arena draws in a wide range of big-name musical acts and family-friendly performances.
For the past several years, the City has been involved in revitalizing the downtown area, resulting in a reinvigorated big-city feel. Downtown revitalization centers on Old Town, Wichita's premiere entertainment district with nightclubs, laid-back bars, distinctive restaurants, live concerts, unique specialty shops, and a Saturday farmer's market. Momentum continues to build across the City.