10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas For 2018


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.

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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.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Sunflower State:

  1. Andover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Atchison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lansing (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Emporia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. El Dorado (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Haysville (Homes For Sale)
  7. Ottawa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Winfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Leavenworth (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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:

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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 23 cities.

Read on to see why Andover is where all the families are headed, while Merriam is probably a place made for singles.

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Andover, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,477
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 47.3%
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.

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,798
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 34.3%
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.

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,706
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 44.1%
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.

Emporia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 24,707
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 31.4%
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.

El Dorado, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,102
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 29.3%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,393
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 39.6%
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”.

Ottawa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,433
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 33.3%
More on Ottawa: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ottawa is a city in, and the county seat of, Franklin County, Kansas, United States. It is located on both banks of the Marais des Cygnes River near the center of Franklin County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,649.

Derby, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,847
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 35.4%
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.

Winfield, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,283
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 30.4%
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.

Leavenworth, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,948
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 38.2%
More on Leavenworth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Leavenworth is the largest city in and the county seat of Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 35,251. Located on the west bank of the Missouri River 25mi northwest of Kansas City, Missouri, it is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Grow Up 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:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Kansas

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Andover 12,477 50
2 Atchison 10,798 45
3 Lansing 11,706 61
4 Emporia 24,707 44
5 El Dorado 13,102 42
6 Haysville 11,393 47
7 Ottawa 12,433 46
8 Derby 23,847 56
9 Winfield 12,283 54
10 Leavenworth 35,948 67
11 Great Bend 15,741 63
12 Parsons 10,111 40
13 Olathe 132,787 43
14 Hays 21,073 65
15 Leawood 33,763 43
16 Overland Park 183,775 62
17 Newton 19,103 64
18 Shawnee 64,444 58
19 Salina 47,676 42
20 Lenexa 51,206 58
21 Wichita 388,033 82
22 Topeka 127,472 80
23 Merriam 11,248 33

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