B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$94,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$747
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Wichita Falls Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    181
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    81
    41
  • Robbery
    117
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    788
    500
  • Theft
    2,528
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    251
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,997
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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I came down to Wichita Falls to take a well paying civilian job with the local AFB. I'm leaving immediately and returning to my own state in the north. I drove around this city all day and evening looking around, searching for even a somewhat decent and livable apartment (none!), and generally being horrified by all I saw. It's truly bewildering how run down and scary this city is! It's dirty, falling apart, and just plain nasty. It reminds me of ghettos I visited while working in northern Kazakhstan a decade ago. I've been also to rough areas in Dubai, and those were actually nicer and less depressing! Anyway, the area of MSU here is absolutely beautiful, and a couple other isolated spots are fine, but wow, this city is simply awful. My advice is to keep a good distance. You will regret visiting Wichita Falls. Avoid.
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Best of the small city with attractions, shopping of a larger city.
Two hours from large cities: Dallas/Ft Worth, Abilene, Oklahoma City
Great Airport,
NO TRAFFIC, great highway infrastructure.
Great College: MSU tuition below state average and schools has several outstanding degree plans
Diverse population
Giving, Caring community with strong non-profit network, deep pocketed philanthropic supported
Challenges are Jobs - Getting Better
Recession, Drought, Low Oil Prices in rear view mirror - Community moving forward with focus on leveraging Sheppard AFB, MSU, Downtown, Business Community to build a thriving community!
Wichita Falls is a safe and friendly town. I moved here from Lawton, OK where the crime rate is one of the highest in the state. There is not much to do, but that's not surprising for a smaller town. Your entertainment ranges from going to the movies, bowling, The Plex (kids entertainment with go-karts, bumper boats and indoor entertainment), and Chuck E Cheese's. It's a great place to raise a family or go to college!