Wichita Relocation Guide

Wichita Relocation Guide
Wichita Relocation Guide

Wichita is our home. We can help make it feel like yours, too. Here’s the essential Wichita Relocation Guide you need to ensure a smooth transition to your new home.

 

The Essentials

Moving To Wichita? Here are the Essentials

Consider this your must-remember relocation checklist. Click on each of these items for details and helpful links.

Before you relocate, make sure you file a formal Change of Address request through the US Postal Service. This will guarantee that your mail is forwarded to your new address in the Wichita area as you transition and manually change your address with creditors. Plus, you’ll have access to a whole bunch of valuable coupons when you fill out the Change of Address form.

Fill out the Change of Address form here.

Water

Wichita Public Utilities – Contact Customer Service at (316) 265-1300.

Electricity

Westar Energy – Contact Customer Service at 1-800-383-1183.

Gas Service

Kansas Gas Service – Contact Customer Service at 1-800-794-4780.

Two of the most popular trash service companies in Wichita are Waste Connections and Waste Management. However, 13 separate companies are licensed to haul waste in Sedgwick County. To see the full list of authorized trash collection companies, visit the Sedgwick County site here.

Cable is available from multiple providers. Here are three of the most popular providers:

Phone service is available from multiple providers. Here are three of the most popular providers:

  • AT&T – Contact Customer Service at 1-800-464-7928
  • Cox Communications – Contact Customer Service at (316) 858-1729
  • Vonage (high-speed internet service required) – Contact Customer Service at 1-877-246-8341

Internet service is available from multiple providers. Here are three of the most popular providers:

  • AT&T – U-Verse available in some areas. Contact Customer Service at 1-800-464-7928
  • Cox High Speed Internet – Contact Customer Service at (316) 858-1729
  • HughesNet – Contact Customer Service at 1-888-659-6235

If you have a valid out-of-state license, you will need to update your license at a Kansas Licensing office. There are two located in Sedgwick County: one in Wichita and one in Derby. At the office, you will be required to pass a visual examination and pay applicable fees. Make sure you bring along proof of your identity and proof of residence when you go!

Learn more about the various contigencies surrounding getting a KS driver’s license here.

To see the full list of KS licensing offices, visit this page on the Kansas Department of Revenue site.

In order for your vehicle to be road-legal in Kansas, you will need to do the following:

  1. Have your car inspected at a Kansas motor vehicle inspection station. You’ll need to have your title with you when you go for the inspection.
  2. Take your title, proof of insurance, and your inspection certificate to the tag office. When you go to the tag office, you will be required to transfer your existing liens to the state of Kansas. In other words, they will take your title since Kansas is a title-holding state.
  3. Receive your new KS tags and attach them to your car(s).

Learn more about this process on the KS Department of Revenue site here.

To see the full list of Sedgwick County tag offices, visit this page.

Make sure your new home in Wichita is ready for you when you get there (or soonafter). Schedule your needed home repairs now.

As Wichita’s leading team of real estate agents, we have a HUGE amount of experience working with local contractors and vendors of all types. In fact, we keep an actively-updated list of our favorites here. [Be sure to bookmark that page for future projects, too!]

Other questions about moving to Wichita? Talk to your referring agent or let us know and our Relocation Concierge will be in touch.

 

Where Is Everything In Wichita?

Nearby Attractions, Entertainment, Industries, and Services

How To Use This Map: Use our handy map to locate all of the services, attractions, and entertainment options you want to be close to. Just click Open_logoon the map below to select the map layers you’d like to see. Want to search for a specific address? Click the Search_logo icon to open the map in Google Maps.

Nearby Schools and School Districts

How To Use This Map: Use our handy map to locate all of the services, attractions, and entertainment options you want to be close to. Just click Open_logoon the map below to select the map layers you’d like to see. Want to search for a specific address? Click the Search_logo icon to open the map in Google Maps.

Click on one of the regions in the School District layer to see details on your district and visit your district’s website.

Compare Neighborhood Schools

Use this school map from GreatSchools.org to compare schools in your neighborhood. Search for area schools or locate your home on the map.

See a neighborhood you like? Talk to your referring agent or let us know and we’ll find you a home that fits your family.

 

What’s Going On In Wichita?

Wichita Quick Facts

Population of Greater Wichita: 386,552

What to Call Us: Wichitans

We’re the Home Of:
Pizza Hut, White Castle, Spangles, & Freddy’s restaurants

Famous Wichitans:

  • Actress Kirstie Alley
  • Actor Don Johnson
  • Athlete Barry Sanders
  • Athlete Gale Sayer
  • Actress Hattie McDaniel
  • Nobel Prize Winner Vernon L. Smith
  • TV Host Jeff Probst
  • News Anchor Jim Lehrer
  • Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Here are a few of Wichita’s many mentions:

  • Best Affordable Places to Live [+Read]
  • Parenting Magazine’s Best Cities 2010 [+Read]
  • Best Cities for Families 2011 [+Read]
  • Best Cities for Homeownership [+Read]
  • 10 Best Foodie Cities [+Read]
  • 10 Best Film Festivals [+Read]
  • Best Cities to Get Out of Debt In [+Read]
  • Realtor.com’s 10 Cities with Best Air Quality [+Read]

Top Employers

Below is a list of some of the top employers in Wichita. Check out the full list from the Greater Wichita Partnership here.

Company Industry/Service Full-Time Staff
Spirit AeroSystems Aircraft Assemblies 10,900
Via Christi Health Health Care 6,027
USD259 Wichita Public School District 5,620
Cessna Aircraft Aircraft 5,400
McConnell AFB Air Force Base 5,094
State of Kansas State Government 4,803
Koch Industries Manufacturing 3,600
Beechcraft Aircraft 3,400
City of Wichita City Government 2,752
Wesley Medical Center Health Care 2,072
Wichita State University Public Higher Education 1,913
Bombardier Learjet Aircraft 1,845
Dillons Food Stores Grocery Stores 1,250
AGCO Corp. Agricultural Equipment 1,200
USD260 Derby Public School District 1,007
Johnson Controls Manufacturing 998
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center Veterans Medical Center 934

Top Things To Do

Take in a Ball Game Watch Wichita’s minor-league baseball team, the Wingnuts, play at Lawrence-Dumont stadium, or you can snag tickets to one of Wichita State’s men’s basketball games, the most electric, shocking atmosphere in Wichita.
Watch a Movie in Style Enjoy a movie at the Old Town Warren, where you can order a full meal as you watch. Or pack up the family and head for the Starlite Drive-In, a two-screen drive-in theater in the heart of Wichita.
Enjoy Our Parks Wichita boasts over 125 miles of bike trails and routes and 107 parks! Locate one near you using our map above.
Walk on the Wild Side Don’t miss Wichita’s Sedgwick County Zoo, home to over 3,000 animals of nearly 400 species—all situated within beautiful natural habitat. If you’d like to get even closer to the action, check out Tanganyika Wildlife Park, where you can pet and feed exotic critters.
Peruse Local Art Art fans will love Final Fridays, a city-wide celebration that happens downtown on the last Friday of every month. Find local talent and the best of local brews, eats, and music.

Wichita: The Air Capitol

Before long you’ll probably hear someone refer to Wichita as the “Air Capitol of the World.” Why do they call it that?

Because the three aircraft manufacturing companies based in Wichita (Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bombardier Learjet) built a whopping 43% of the US’ general aviation aircraft in 2013. And Wichita’s aviation industry has a rich history, reaching back to the 1920s. In fact, in the 1960s, over half of the world’s light aircraft came from Wichita!

Though the aircraft industry nationwide has struggled in the last decade, Wichita remains a hub for aviation innovation. The major manufacturing companies still have research facilities here, and Wichita is home to dozens of aircraft-industry-related companies. In fact, Wichita is recognized as having one of the highest concentrations of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. You can read more about Wichita’s aviation history here.

Wichita Fixtures

Keeper of the PlainsWhat is that statue?
That’s the Keeper of the Plains statue. It towers over Downtown Wichita, right alongside the Arkansas (pronounced Ar-Kans-As here) River. The statue was created in 1974 and it commemorates the Native American tribes who lived in the Wichita area. It is beautifully illuminated with a ring of fire, which can be enjoyed every night.

WuShockWhat is that mascot?
That’s Wu, the mascot of the Wichita State University Shockers. Within minutes of arriving in Wichita, you’ll see a dozen cars with his face on their license plates. Wu is an animated, muscular bundle of wheat. The Shockers get their name from the early-20th-century tradition of WSU students earning tuition by harvesting (or “shocking”) wheat in the area. Over 110 years later, the tradition still sticks. Go Shox!

Travel To/From Wichita

Wichita Flight Map

You’ll love Wichita’s state-of-the-art Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT), which makes it easy to travel to any corner of the country without having to drive hours to an airport first. Rates are reasonable, and you can’t beat ICT’s convenience. Enjoy service from top airlines including Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and United.

Now featuring direct flights to/from:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • Orlando-Sanford
  • Phoenix-Mesa
  • St. Louis

Learn more about service at ICT here.

Flying into Wichita for a preview trip? Let us know and we’ll pick you up from the airport and show you around!

Wichita Radio Stations

Adult Contemporary Stations in Wichita, KS

92.3 FM KKGQ
97.1 FM KIBB
97.9 FM KRBB
105.3 FM KFBZ
107.3 FM KTHR

Christian Contemporary Stations in Wichita, KS

90.7 FM KYWA
91.5 FM KHRI
99.1 FM KTLI
100.1 FM KTHR

Classic Rock/Hits Stations in Wichita, KS

103.7 FM KEYN
104.5 FM KFXJ
102.1 FM KZSN
1070 AM KFTI

Country Stations in Wichita, KS

100.5 FM KVWF
101.3 FM KFDI
102.1 FM KZSN
1070 AM KFTI

News/Talk Stations in Wichita, KS

690 AM KGGF
1130 AM KLEY
1330 AM KNSS
1480 AM KQAM

Regional Mexican Stations in Wichita, KS

99.7 FM KHLT
106.5 FM KYQQ

Religious Stations in Wichita, KS

88.3 FM KYFW
91.1 FM KCFN
94.3 FM KCVW
950 AM KJRG
1360 AM KPHN

Public Radio Stations in Wichita, KS

89.1 FM KMUW
90.1 FM KHCC

Sports Stations in Wichita, KS

98.7 FM KFH
1240 AM KFH
1410 AM KGSO

Top 40 Stations in Wichita, KS

96.3 FM KZCH

Wichita TV Stations

Here are Wichita’s affliates for the major networks. For a full list of channels in Wichita, visit TV Guide. Be sure to change the ZIP code to a Wichita one, like 67206.

NBC KSN Channel 3
PBS KPTS Channel 8
ABC KAKE Channel 10
CBS KWCH Channel 12
FOX KSAS Channel 24

Wichita Publications

The Wichita Eagle Local daily newspaper, with comprehensive coverage, online and off. Subscribe to The Eagle here.
Splurge! Monthly Wichita lifestyle magazine that features art, dining, music, and culture. If something’s hot in Wichita, you’ll find it here.
Wichita Magazine The monthly city magazine of Wichita. Known for its annual lists of Wichita’s best restaurants and entertainment.

Calendar of Popular Annual Events in Wichita Area

January

March

April

May

  • Kansas Sampler Festival – festival celebrating all things Kansas, in Winfield, 45 minutes south of Wichita.
  • Prairie Fire Marathon – a Boston Marathon qualifier that runs through the heart of Wichita.
  • Midwest Beerfest – enjoy some of America’s finest beers and experience a selection of Kansas’ microbrews.

June

  • Wichita Riverfest – 9 days of live bands, contests, vendors, and activities. Wichita’s largest and longest-running festival, which attracts over 300,000 people each year.

July

  • Automobilia Moonlight Car Show – food courts, entertainment, and a car show.

August

  • NBC World Series – enjoy round-the-clock baseball action for two weeks in August.

September

  • Kansas State Fair – featuring a carnival, vendors, and the top names in entertainment.
  • Zoobilee – Sedgwick County Zoo’s annual fundraiser, featuring vendors, auctions, and live music.
  • Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair – enjoy food, art, and one of Wichita’s premiere shopping centers.
  • Walnut Valley Festival – national bluegrass festival that attracts over 15,000 to Winfield, KS, 45 minutes south of Wichita.
  • ICT Fest – three-day musical festival featuring over 40 bands ranging from electronic to rock.
  • Wichita Black Arts Festival – celebrate Wichita’s African-American community and its prolific arts with this 3-day event.
  • Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff – featuring 70+ teams of chili makers competing for the honor of the city’s best chili.

October

December

Ready to take the next step?

For more information on finding your dream home in Wichita, contact the agent who referred you to this page… or click the button below to get connected with our Relocation Concierge. Either way, we’ll talk soon!