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Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls, the seat of Wichita County, is a north Texas city of about 102,000 people. Located about two hours south of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the was named after a series of waterfalls along the Wichita River that washed away during a flood in the 1800s. By popular demand, the city rebuilt them in 1987.

The construction of the railroad and a subsequent oil boom put this city on the map. In the 1940s the addition of Sheppard Air Force Base brought further growth.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Wichita Falls is made up of hundreds of neighborhoods, some of which can be just a few streets wide. On the whole, the residential areas are quiet and safe, and housing is generally affordable. The city is expanding both to the north and to the southwest.

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The Sikes Senter Mall is the largest shopping center in the city, with over 80 stores and restaurants and a ten-screen movie theater.

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The city maintains 37 parks with playgrounds, trails, tennis courts, picnic areas, a skate park, and ball fields. A ten-mile, multiuse trail system runs throughout the city.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Wichita Falls has a large manufacturing base that serves the automotive, oil and gas, construction, and aviation industries. Sheppard Air Force Base, the city's largest employer, runs the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. The adjacent municipal airport has daily commercial airline service. The health-care sector in Wichita Falls has expanded rapidly since the 1990s, and the city has emerged as the regional health-care services provider.

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