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The Best Places to Raise a Family Around Wichita

Wichita is considered one of the best places to live in Kansas. While Wichita has something for everyone, it is especially acknowledged as being a great place to raise families. Whether you’re looking for a new home in Wichita proper or a nearby suburb, we’ve compiled the best family-friendly neighborhoods in and around Wichita.

Northeast Wichita

Northeast Wichita is considered one of the most attractive areas in Wichita. Its convenient location puts families in the ideal spot to access all sorts of entertainment attractions and shopping. Popular attractions include Wichita Sports Forum, Regal Warren Theaters, and Chicken N’ Pickle. If you are looking for a neighborhood in the area, check out the Firefly. The neighborhood has two lakes, a swimming pool, and playground — the perfect neighborhood amenities for all ages!


Andover, originally named “Cloud City,” is a suburb just outside of Wichita. Andover prides itself in its resilient community and love for tradition. Each year, there is a yearly parade called “Greater Andover Days,” which gathers people from all over the community to celebrate together. Andover’s parks, sporting complexes, libraries, and nationally recognized schools make Andover a preferred place to raise kids. Noteworthy neighborhood communities include Lakeway at Cornerstone and Sweetgrass at the Province. Both neighborhoods offer exceptional community spaces such as pools, parks, and lakes.


Maize is a safe, clean, and small community perfect for raising children. Maize is recognized for its exceptional teachers, challenging schools, community gardens, and trails. Two popular activities in Maize include horseback riding at C-Arrow Stables and watching drag races at Kansas International Dragway. If you are looking for an exceptional neighborhood community in Maize, check out Castaway and enjoy living on a private surf lake nearby all the things you love. Henwick is another desirable, family-friendly neighborhood. It is located in the top-rated Maize School District, surrounded by three lakes and has both a community pool and clubhouse!


Rated as the number one suburb to raise a family in the Wichita area, Kechi is a beloved city for homeowners with children. Most families own, rather than rent, homes in Kechi; others take advantage of its rural location and purchase land to build their custom dream homes. Locals enjoy spending their time in the downtown area looking at various shops and restaurants, or they can be found at local parks playing sports and enjoying the outdoors. Popular events in Kechi include an annual Easter Egg Hunt, the June Kechi Fair, a Halloween Open House, and various Christmas events. No matter the season, there is always something to look forward to in Kechi!


Considered one of the best suburbs west of Wichita, Goddard has a reputation for its incredible public schools. In addition to its unbeatable education, Goddard has a lively community. Throughout the year, locals enjoy events such as a Lions Club Car Show, an Easter Egg Hunt, Garage Sale Days, 4th of July Fireworks, Fall Festival and other seasonal holiday celebrations. Families enjoy visiting local attractions such as: Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Blast Off Bay Water Park, Lake Afton Public Observatory, and Genesis Sports Complex. Goddard is also recognized for its urban beauty and open space. Locals enjoy running, biking and walking on point-to-point trail, Prairie Sunset. With seemingly endless views and acres of land, Goddard is an excellent place to build your dream home.


Derby is the largest suburb of Wichita. Only a short commute away, locals enjoy small-town living while having access to city amenities in Wichita. Derby has much to offer including lots of green space, parks, trails, bike paths, river access, and plenty of local restaurants and shopping! Local favorites include High Park, Field Station: Dinosaurs, Rock River Rapids, and much more! Derby neighborhoods are known for being safe, quiet, and peaceful — making it the perfect place to buy or build a family-friendly home.

If you are interested in learning more about Paul Gray Homes’ communities or are ready to start building your family’s dream home, call Paul Gray Homes at 316-990-0000 and speak to a professional now!