The city of Wichita Falls lies at the southern end of Interstate 44 in Wichita County, Texas. It is home to nearly 104,000 residents and Sheppard Air Force Base, one of the largest training bases in the Air Education and Training Command. Sheppard Air Force Base also employs more than 12,000 people, making it the top employer in the city. Finally, Wichita Falls residents enjoy living in the seventh least expensive urban area in the United States, according to the Cost of Living Index by the Council for Community and Economic Research. This index is based on the areas of housing, utilities, health care, groceries, transportation, and miscellaneous goods and services.
In addition to being an affordable place to live, there are also a variety of activities to do in Wichita Falls. If you want to catch a stage show, then visit the Backdoor Theatre, a non-profit community theater that has presented more than 600 performances since its establishment in 1971. Nature enthusiasts can visit Lake Wichita, a 2,200-acre man-made lake. Located on the north shore of the lake is the Lake Wichita Park, a 234-acre park that has a 2.6 mile concrete hike and bike trail. The park also has basketball goals, picnic areas, two baseball fields, two softball fields, three football fields, and an 18 hole disc golf course. For even more things to do in Wichita Falls, check out the city’s convention and visitors bureau website.