Thanks for the info. I already sold the van. I have hung out in Wichita with the van for 2-3 weeks total. Long enough to see that I'm cool with the city. Not yet sure about the people. Wherever I do go, I will probably rent there for ~6 month to make sure I like it enough and then/also to have somewhere to live while I search for a home to buy. In Wichita, I'd probably rent a house since they are so cheap.wheatstate wrote: ↑Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:05 pmWichita overall, I think it is nice. I would confirm the area you wanted to live before purchasing. Do vanlife there for a month. Do a rental like you did in the southwest. Real estate is not liquid and has transaction costs on both sides. Some of Wichita's development was a flight to the suburbs with the "best" schools for midwest families with good aviation jobs. With no geographic barriers and minimal traffic, this created a ring around the city. There has been some redevelopment in the center with old town and along the river. Wichita is a big aviation town. The aviation industry has its ups and downs. I am not sure how the aviation industry will come out of Covid.
Fracking. Yes, I feel fracking earthquakes a couple times a year in Kansas. If Covid halts fracking oil production, that would be a positive for me.
If you say Kansas is too windy, you should find some wind sports. I like kiteboarding and sailing. On no wind days, you bike. A cool plus. Recently on a particular day, Kansas recently produced more wind power than coal power.
There is definitely a lot of positives for a Midwest life.
As for the flight out of the center of the city - that's perfect for me, in large cities at least, like St Louis. It results in the child-less people congregating there, which I appreciate.
(wasn't me who mentioned the wind). That's not a big deal for me. Even when bicycling. I just go slower one direction and faster the other. No big deal. Sometimes a lot of wind is a problem for me with allergies, but so far I've been able to eliminate my allergies by eating honey.