Well, dude, first off it's in Kansas. Dorothy's famous line immediately comes to mind, "There's no place like home." My friend, Jim, lives there and loves it, but then he is very easily pleased.
You will have to get used to the accent, but it's easier to understand Kansans than Oklahomans or Texans. I know, I used to live in Oklahoma City. The farther north you go the less there is of an accent; the farther south, the more it sounds like they have marbles in their mouths. Think Marlon Brando in Godfather, only with a twang. By the way, Kansans don't think they have an accent. Compared to Okies, maybe they don't.
When referring to Arkansas City, Kansas, remember it is pronounced Ar-KAN-sas City, not AR
-kin-saw City. The same goes for the river. LOL!
The locals go to Oklahoma City (metro pop. 1,132,652) or Kansas City (metro pop. 1,904,908)* as the nearest big cities to shop, play, escape and otherwise enjoy themselves. The wealthy go to Denver, Dallas, Chicago or New York. The really loaded head for Europe.
Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska -- they're all the same -- wheat, corn and cattle. The highways are straight, long and boring. Take along coffee or they will put you to sleep. Just keep telling yourself, "At least I'm not in West Texas doing battle with tumbleweeds!"
In summer it's hotter than hell. There are lots of tornadoes in spring and summer, but then Oklahoma is worse.
Winds and cold fronts from Canada have nothing to stop them in winter, so you may be in shirtsleeves one day and a polar snow suit the next. Granted, it's warmer than Kalamazoo.
Real estate is a steal -- not much demand.
You will have to change planes somewhere no matter where you go. Figure on DFW
It's bigger than Kalamazoo (metro pop. 320,320).
As with any potential move, check out the city first. Spend at least a weekend there and look over the town. Talk to the locals. Remember, there are far worse places. All in all ICT
is okay and halfway to either coast.
Be sure to tell us how you liked ICT
when you get back.
*all pop. figures for 2003