Not only has Wichita been named an All-American City three times since 1962, it also ranked among the top 32 cities nationally for quality of life. This ranking communicates affordability, short and easy commutes to work and a high level of public safety for your family - attributes you simply can't find in most metro areas. According to a BizJournals.com survey, Wichita is nearly $400 below the national average on total monthly housing payments. Forbes Magazine ranks Wichita as the second best city for jobs in its 2008 ranking of American cities. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are plentiful in the Wichita area. Take time to enjoy the beauty of its parks, play a round of golf, hike the numerous nature trails or bike along the Arkansas River. Residents have easy access to boating, waterskiing, sailing, canoeing, fishing and swimming in local lakes and rivers. The city has more than 26 miles of scenic bike paths that wind throughout the city, one of which includes a trail built along the original Chisolm Trail. There are 4,200 acres of parks and greenways in Wichita, along with 11 swimming pools and five interactive fountains offering a chance to cool off in the middle of the city. Some featured parks in the city include the Sedgwick County Park, adjacent to the Sedgwick County Zoo, and OJ Watson Park. Wichita boasts a professional opera, symphony and ballet, as well as dozens of cinematic and performance theatres that stand ready to impress with independent films, old favorites or new drama. Whether you prefer upscale bistros or hometown barbecue, Wichita truly has it all. Local boutiques, antique shops and specialty stores can easily be found throughout the city, as well as nationally recognized retail chains and department stores. Whether you are a newcomer or a long-time resident, discovering Wichita is a never-ending opportunity.