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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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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Wichita Falls Reviews

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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 great community for a young family. It is stress free and laid back, but has all the amenities you need in close proximity. Traffic is light and free flowing, public transportation is easily accessible and available and you can practically walk anywhere. So come join us in Wichita Falls for a relaxing getaway!