Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Kansas.

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In Kansas, yes, you 'kan' have everything. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks is here to tell you how your family can live their best life in the Sunflower State's best places for families for 2020.

How did we determine Kansas' most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in The Jayhawker State with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 20 family friendly Kansas places that any family would be lucky to call home.

No, it's not a coincidence that most of Kansas' family friendly places are centered around two of Kansas biggest cities: Kansas City and Wichita. There's more to do in these places and jobs with competitive salaries are plentiful. But that's not all we discovered, folks. Kansas has a ton of family friendly activities that are sure to keep your family entertained for weeks. Matter of fact, you can have your family at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, Clinton Lake in Lawrence and the Evil Knievel Museum in Topeka, all in the same weekend.

So, if you're looking for safe, family friendly cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, good BBQ, and just overall good family friendly fun, keep reading.

When you choose to live in one of Kansas' best places for families, you are choosing to live where you can keep your family safe, happy, and healthy. You are choosing to live where your Kansas salary will go the furthest for your family. And that, Kansans, makes perfect sense.

So, what's the best place for families to live in Kansas for 2020? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in The Free State is Lansing based on the most recent Census data.

To learn more about our methodology and to see why Kansas' top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, look at the list below. And if you don't find your favorite there head to the bottom.

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 2020

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,835
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 41.5%
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.

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,675
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 30.3%
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.

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 188,687
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 78
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 31.0%
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.

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 135,986
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 42.7%
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.

El Dorado, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,988
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 30.3%
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.

Winfield, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,138
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 33.7%
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.

Leawood, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,570
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 32.6%
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.

Derby, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,768
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 36.3%
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.

Emporia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,649
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 28.2%
More on Emporia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Emporia is a city in and the county seat of Lyon County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 24,916. Emporia lies between Topeka and Wichita at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 with Interstates 335 and 35 on the Kansas Turnpike. Emporia is also a college town, home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.

Review Of Emporia by HomeSnacks User

lived in Emporia all of 2002-2003. Extremely safe. Huge and friendly police presence. I often walked all night in the summers and never felt even uneasy. Read a paper there sometime and you'll see how little and minor crime is there. It's a nice university town. What about all those poor falling apart towns in western Kansas.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,298
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 38.5%
More on Haysville: Homes For Sale | Data

Haysville is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,826. Haysville is known as the "Peach Capital of Kansas".

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 20 cities. You can download the data here.

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. Topeka
  2. Wichita
  3. Hutchinson

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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Kansas?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Lansing, KS 11,835 39
2 Atchison, KS 10,675 40
3 Overland Park, KS 188,687 86
4 Olathe, KS 135,986 50
5 El Dorado, KS 12,988 53
6 Winfield, KS 12,138 56
7 Leawood, KS 34,570 53
8 Derby, KS 23,768 34
9 Emporia, KS 24,649 70
10 Haysville, KS 11,298 52

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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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