Wichita Falls continues to rank for positive reasons

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Wichita Falls continues to appear at the top of lists of best places in America. Websites like Smart Asset, Niche, Forbes, and Business Insider are showing Wichita Falls favorably. Read the following 4 rankings and what each had to say about us.

In July, the community ranked #1 Best place for working parents in 2020, #12 Most Frugal & Friendly Places to Retire in the US., #1 Cost of living, and most recently ranked #12 for The Best Cities in the South to Live in after the pandemic.

Ranks #1 – Working Parents: Smart Asset

“Wichita Falls, Texas, ranks in the top eighth of cities in the study for five metrics: high school graduation rate, median annual housing costs, percentage of the labor force working 50 weeks or more per year, average commute time and average annual child care costs.

Part of Wichita County, it has the highest high school graduation rate (97%) of any city in our top 10 and the sixth-highest rate for this metric overall.”

SmartAsset created this list of the best cities for working parents by looking at the 600 largest cities in the U.S. Of those cities, 581 had complete data across the following eight metrics:

Ranks #12 – Frugal & Friendly – MSN Lifestyle

“The nightlife is surprisingly vibrant in this small city of 100,000. You’ll also find warm Texas weather and a low cost of living in Wichita Falls.

The median income is $45,500, and the town is a two-hour drive from Dallas. If you may be doing a lot of driving to the Big D, you’ll want to shop around for affordable car insurance.

A major attraction in downtown Wichita Falls is the more than 100-year-old Newby-McMahon Building, a slender four-story building known as the “world’s littlest skyscraper.” The city is relatively safe, and there are two local hospitals and 10 health care centers.”

MSN sized up cities across the nation to find warm, welcoming locations that are inexpensive and have plenty of amenities for retirees.

Ranks #1 – Cost of Living – Niche.com

“Wichita Falls is a city in Texas with a population of 104,494. Wichita Falls is in Wichita County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Wichita Falls offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wichita Falls there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Wichita Falls and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Wichita Falls are above average.”

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Ranks #12 – Best place to live in the South after Pandemic – Business Insider

“Wichita Falls’ population density is 57.7 people per square mile, the sixth-smallest population density among metro areas in the South. This metro area’s cost of living is 12.4% less than the national average.”

Business Insider recently came up with their list of the best US cities to live in after the pandemic. To do this, they used a variety of metrics from government and academic datasets. This includes looking at the share of jobs that can potentially be done remotely, the pre-coronavirus unemployment rate, and housing costs.

Let’s hope for more positive rankings as we continue to strive for a better Wichita Falls through community and economic development.

Wichita Falls Community Strategy

There are 7 catalysts in our community strategy which lead us to something extraordinary.

The catalysts are Modern Schools, Sheppard Air Force Base Integration, Talent Partnership, Wichita Falls Maker Hub, Bike Friendly Community, Downtown LIVE- WORK-PLAY, and Economic development best practices. As our volunteer action teams work to push us towards the level of success we want to see in each catalyst, we will begin to notice more positive outcomes in all areas attractive to people looking for a community like ours to move to, start a business, or get to work.

See our community strategy here: FallsFuture.com

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