By Bryan Horwath
If you live alone, Wichita is one of the most affordable cities in the country.
That's according to a report from web-based financial advice SmartAsset that ranked the top-10 cities in the U.S. for affordable one-person living.
Wichita was No. 10 on the list, with SmartAsset noting that the "average person living in a one-bedroom apartment or a studio in Kansas pays just over $550 per month."
While $550 per month might not fetch much — if anything — in the way of a downtown Wichita apartment, other areas of the city are considerably more affordable. To live alone "comfortably" in Wichita, SmartAsset figures an individual would need to earn about $1,650 per month.
"In terms of apartments, Wichita is a very affordable place to live alone," says Wichita developer Jason Van Sickle. "The national average rent rate for a one-bedroom is $950. In Wichita, the average rent for a one-bedroom is $650. That makes Wichita very affordable for a single renter, when compared to national statistics."
Cincinnati was listed as the most affordable city by SmartAsset, representing just one of many Midwest cities that littered the top-20. The Nebraska cities of Lincoln and Omaha both made the top-five while St. Louis and Tulsa cracked the top-15.
Surprisingly, San Francisco, a city known for its high rents, came in at No. 19 on SmartAsset's list.