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Founded: 1873
Population: 781
Elevation: 1689 feet
Latitude: 38° 49' 30" N
Longitude: 98° 28' 30" W
School District: USD 328
ZIP code:  67490 
Area Code: 785

 

 

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Congratulations! Wilson's very own Dr. Kepka was been named the 2011 National Rural Health Practitioner of the Year by the National Rural Health Association.  In recognition of this wonderful achievement a sign honoring Dr. Kepka is located at the corner of K-232 and 25th Street.

 

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Family-friendly and Affordable   Read this Story & Related on Businessweek.com
Bloomberg.com - December 14, 2010
 

By Venessa Wong and Joel Stonington

 

No matter how hard you try, raising a family is complicated, not to mention expensive. For parents juggling concerns about their children’s safety, schools, expenses, and after school activities—and who also need to go to work on top of all this—living in the right place won’t solve all problems, but it can offer their children more opportunities and enhance the family’s lifestyle. In our fifth annual ranking of best places to raise kids, Bloomberg and Businessweek.com shifted our focus from large, urbanized places to smaller towns and cities.

Using 2010 data from Onboard Informatics, a real estate information and technology company in New York, we evaluated a total of 5,418 locations nationwide with populations larger than the state median but no larger than 50,000. We considered only locations where the median income is within 20 percent of the state’s median. The rankings put the most weight on school performance and the number of schools, crime statistics, and cost of living. Other factors included job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity, and access to recreational amenities (within the county), such as parks, zoos, theaters, and museums.

The following places we selected are neither rich suburbs nor havens for luxury living—so don’t expect to find mansions and elite country clubs (although some areas will have them). Rather, these are communities inhabited mostly by middle-income earners that have good public schools, low crime, and resources to keep the family entertained on weekends
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Best place to raise kids in Kansas: Wilson   See Wilson's Page at BusinessWeek.com

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By Alan Rusch

 

 

WILSON — Where is the best place in Kansas to raise kids? According to Businessweek.com’s fifth annual survey, it’s Wilson.

 

Venessa Wong, who wrote the Dec. 14 story for Businessweek.com, said the 2011 survey, which uses data from Onboard Information, a New York-based real estate data company that specializes in residential demographic and lifestyle information, focused on small cities, towns and villages with populations larger than the median for the state, but no greater than 50,000.

A total of 5,418 places in the United States were evaluated.

 

"We emphasized a community’s number of schools, school performance, cost of living and crime statistics," Wong said. "We also accounted for factors such as job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity and access to the surrounding county’s parks, zoos, theaters and other recreational facilities."

Wong said there were several reason why the community of 711 residents in western Ellsworth County was chosen. They include:

• A median family income of $59,411 — well below that of the median state income of $64,503.
 

• Students in Wilson Schools scored above the state average on standardized math and reading assessments.
 

• The crime rate in Wilson is well below the national average.

"According to our data, it’s just a safe, affordable place to live and raise kids," Wong said.

 

"We appreciate being recognized," said Wilson Mayor Eleanor Hunter. "Being the Czech Capital of Kansas, I think we have worked hard towards the goal of being a friendly and helpful town. Even though we are small, we’re mighty."

 

When I got the e-mail, I was thrilled," said Sharon Holloway, president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. "It is an excellent place to raise kids, because there is so much to do around here within 50 miles. We’re just in the middle of everything. It’s also an excellent place to retire, because it’s safe."

 


 

Make It Your Own!

     The Case Foundation announces that David Criswell, Wilson, Kansas was selected among the Top 20 breakthrough ideas for his "Wilson For The Ages" Make It Your Own Awards grant.  This grant program aims to increase and strengthen citizen involvement in communities and introduce a more inclusive and innovative approach to foundation grant making.  (Grant monies received from the project directly benefit the Wilson Community.)