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Golly, gee, Wichita is No. 1 again


Aw, shucks. Wichita is at the top of another list. This time, the city has been named No. 1 for the best American values.

That’s according to Florida-based Newsmax Magazine and the “ Today” show’s travel editor, Peter Greenberg.

Last fall, Greenberg rather infamously said Wichita may be the Air Capital of the World but our “air service sucks.” He obviously likes a lot of other things about the city, though.

According to Newsmax, Wichita ranks particularly high for family friendliness and culture. Wholesomeness, devotion to religion and community activities are also high on the list. Hospitality and business friendliness come in next. Education and scenic beauty were our lowest-scoring points, but everything added up to No. 1 overall.

“This is one of America’s most livable cities, with a historic downtown that helps bring the community together,” the magazine says. “The city’s affordability, thriving industry, and accessible culture are the bonus elements that make it stand out from the crowd.”

Kansas City, Mo., is No. 18. At No. 19, Edmond, Okla., was the only other Midwest city to make the list.