10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Kansas.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Kansas? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Kansas, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Kansas and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas For 2019

Andover, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 12,661
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 44.0%
More on Andover: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Andover is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,791.

Review Of Andover by HomeSnacks User

We moved to Andover 14 years ago because of this kind of hype. Then my grandkids were diagnosed with adhd and autism. Andover schools are great for most kids, but if your child has special needs expect that child to be bullied… by teachers and counselors. The six years it took for the school to admit they didn’t have a clue how to help my autistic granddaughter were a nightmare for us

Four years later with a great teacher in Douglas she still has great anxiety. The grandchild with adhd finally took matters into her own hands and asked to change to online school. I think that’s the only thing reason she was able to graduate.

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,727
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Atchison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Atchison is a city and county seat of Atchison County, Kansas, United States, and situated along the Missouri River. As of the 2010 census, its population was 11,021. The city is named in honor of David Rice Atchison, United States senator from Missouri, and was the original eastern terminus of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Atchison was the birthplace of aviator Amelia Earhart, and the Amelia Earhart Festival is held annually in July. Atchison is also home of Benedictine College, a Catholic liberal-arts college.

El Dorado, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,003
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 28.7%
More on El Dorado: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

El Dorado EL-d-RAY-doh) is city and county seat of Butler County, Kansas, United States. It is situated along the Walnut River in the central part of Butler County and located in south-central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,021.

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,771
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 36.1%
More on Lansing: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lansing is a city situated along the Missouri River in the eastern part of Leavenworth County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,265. It is the second most populous city of Leavenworth County and is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 186,147
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 29.8%
More on Overland Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it is also the second most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 173,372.

Leawood, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,195
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 33.2%
More on Leawood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Leawood is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,867.

Review Of Leawood by HomeSnacks User

My parents moved from Wichita to Overland Park then to Leawood. Leawood is a lovely city, near the Plaza. Thinking of moving there- I hope you are financially successful and secure.

Winfield, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,180
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Winfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Winfield is a city and county seat of Cowley County, Kansas, United States. It is situated along the Walnut River in South Central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,301 and second most populous city of Cowley County.

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 134,368
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 40.8%
More on Olathe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Olathe is a city in, and is the county seat of, Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is the fourth most populous city in Kansas, with a population of 125,872 persons as of 2010. Olathe is also the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the northwest, and Gardner to the southwest.

Liberal, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,607
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 39.4%
More on Liberal: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Liberal is the county seat of Seward County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,525.

Derby, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,712
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 32.3%
More on Derby: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Derby is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States and the largest suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,158.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Kansas anyways?

To give you the places in Kansas which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Sunflower State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Kansas, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Kansas, that meant a total of 26 cities.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Kansas ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Kansas according to the data:

  1. Merriam
  2. Topeka
  3. Wichita

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Kansas?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Andover, KS 12,661 38
2 Atchison, KS 10,727 67
3 El Dorado, KS 13,003 40
4 Lansing, KS 11,771 55
5 Overland Park, KS 186,147 66
6 Leawood, KS 34,195 50
7 Winfield, KS 12,180 42
8 Olathe, KS 134,368 60
9 Liberal, KS 20,607 62
10 Derby, KS 23,712 56

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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