Where is Wichita Falls?

Wichita Falls is located in the northern-mid region of Texas near the border of Oklahoma. This area is commonly referred to as "Texoma."  The city resides within Wichita County and lies within a 2 hour drive of both Dallas/Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.    

Is it expensive to live here?

Wichita Falls is ranked as being an affordable place to live...and BBQ!

1.  #1 City with Lowest Cost of Living | May 2020 | Niche
2. #19 The 25 Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In | October 2020 | Kiplinger
3.  #7 City with Lowest Cost of Living in America | July 2019 | Business Facilities 
4.  #1 Most Affordable Place to BBQ in the Country | June 2019 | The Apartment Guide
5.  #5 Lowest Cost of Living for Young People | Dec. 2018 | WalletHub

 downtown skyline of wichita falls showing park and buildings

How big is the city?

The population of Wichita Falls, TX is approximately 104,500 people. Not too big to have small town charm!

Is it difficult to get around?

Not at all! The average commute time within Wichita Falls is 12.9 minutes, making it a nice place to live and work.

Midwestern State University's Mustangs shuttles provide transportation around campus and apartment areas in the city. The Mesa bus route is free for MSU students and runs from MSU's Moffett library to grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues around town. There are also easily accessible freeways and highways around the city as well as regional airports. 

What's the average climate?

January to April | Highs average 57°-79°/Lows average 29°-49° 
May to August | Highs average 86°-98°/Lows average 59°-71° 
September to December | Highs average 90°-58°/Lows average 63°-31°

lucy park pavillion with green trees over pond with lily pads 

Is it a good place for a family?

The city was chosen #1 Best Place for Working Families in the US. This ranking averaged high school graduation rate, median annual housing costs, percentage of the labor force working 50 weeks or more per year, commute time and annual childcare costs. 2020 | SmartAsset

Wichita Falls also gained the title #3 Happiest Cities in Texas using data such as crime rate, number of restaurants, commute, income, divorce rate, and housing costs. 2019 | Creditdonkey

How do I find employment?

The unemployment rate in Wichita Falls is 5.9%, as compared to the United States average of 8.5%.
Texas Labor Market Information, September 2020

Midwestern State University has a Career Management Center with various job-seeking resources as well as a job database students can access. The MSU Career Closet offers professional attire for rent, and career fairs are offered regularly. The Dillard College of Business hosts a networking business etiquette dinner annually, and students can complete internships to gain experience in their field.

The largest Wichita County employers are the U.S. Air Force, W.F.I.S.D, United Regional, MSU Texas, City of Wichita Falls, Walmart, and The State of Texas.  MSU Texas business graduates work for many local, U.S., and worldwide companies. Learn about some of our MBA graduates

What is there to do for fun?

Midwestern State University's various departments and organizations actively promote concerts, events, and activities - many which are free for students!

Wichita Falls holds various festivals, concerts, conventions, downtown art walks and local theatrical productions. You will find locally-owned restaurants, a farmer's market, coffee houses, an artisan chocolate shop, wineries, breweries, state parks, museums, cycling and walking trails, movie theaters, and recreational facilities.

A few Wichita Falls attractions are Castaway Cove Water Park, Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, Riverbend Nature Center, the Littlest Skyscraper, Museum of North Texas History, Kemp Center for the Arts, Lake Arrowhead State Park, and the Wichita Falls Waterfall. You'll also find several other attractions in the regional area. Check out the below websites for more information!

Wichita Falls Community Profile

Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce

 downtown wichita falls festival with crowds of people at night   lake wichita shoreline with blue cloudy skies and grasses

Photographs taken by David Barnard