Best Cities For Singles In Kansas For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Kansas.

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Are you trying to find love in Kansas?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Kansas, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Sunflower State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in Kansas for 2020:

  1. Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Manhattan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Pittsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Hays (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wichita (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Emporia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Overland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Olathe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Liberal (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Merriam (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Kansas? Lawrence ranks as the best place for singles in Kansas if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in kansas? That would be Lansing.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in kansas or the safest places to live in kansas.

For more Kansas reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Kansas For 2020

Lawrence, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 95,294
Median Age: 27.9
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 22.8%
More on Lawrence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lawrence is the county seat of Douglas County and sixth largest city in Kansas. It is located in the northeastern sector of the state, next to Interstate 70, between the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 87,643. Lawrence is a college town and the home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University.

Review Of Lawrence by HomeSnacks User

Lawrence Kansas is one of my favorite places. Lawrence is located a quick drive west of Kansas City, MO and KS. Lawrence is the home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. Lawrence is known for having a great night life with a great music and art scene. Some of my favorite memories as a young adult is from my college years at Lawrence, sitting on the hill to watch football games, enjoying beverages and delicious food on Mass Street and meeting lots of varied people.

Like most college towns, Lawrence always has something going on at a reasonable price. Between the two universities in town, there is always a play, a music event, a sports event and other activities. Also being minutes from Kansas City via I 70, you will never be bored in Lawrence.

Manhattan, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 55,489
Median Age: 24.6
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 22.3%
More on Manhattan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Manhattan is a city in northeastern Kansas in the United States at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. It is the county seat of Riley County, although it extends into Pottawatomie County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 52,281.

Pittsburg, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,280
Median Age: 25.9
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 26.6%
More on Pittsburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pittsburg is a city in Crawford County, Kansas, United States, located in Southeast Kansas near the Missouri state border. It is the most populous city in Crawford County and southeastern Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,233.

Hays, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,956
Median Age: 30.7
Married households: 32.0%
Households with kids: 23.5%
More on Hays: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hays is a city in and the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, United States. The largest city in northwestern Kansas, it is the economic and cultural center of the region. It is also a college town, home to Fort Hays State University. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,510.

Wichita, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 389,563
Median Age: 34.8
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 31.0%
More on Wichita: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area whose estimated population in 2015 was 644,610. As of 2016, the city of Wichita had an estimated population of 389,902.

Review Of Wichita by HomeSnacks User

I like Wichita because it's got the small town feel with most of the city amenities and culture.

The cost of living is very affordable. A family can easily afford a house from the income they make from the aircraft industry.

The bad side is that it could be a bit boring.

On the bright side, Vietnamese food is really good here.

Emporia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,649
Median Age: 28.8
Married households: 21.0%
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.

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 188,687
Median Age: 37.7
Married households: 12.0%
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
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 18.0%
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.

Liberal, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,251
Median Age: 29.1
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 45.8%
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.

Merriam, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,243
Median Age: 39.5
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 21.9%
More on Merriam: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Merriam 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 11,003. It is bordered by the cities of Overland Park to the east and south, Shawnee to the west, and Kansas City, Kansas to the north ; the city of Lenexa is less than a mile to the southwest. Merriam is included in the Shawnee Mission postal designation.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in kansas anyways?

To give you the places in kansas which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of kansas, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For kansas, that meant a total of 29 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Lawrence is the talk of the town while Lansing is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in kansas for 2020

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in kansas according to the data:

  1. Lansing
  2. Winfield
  3. El Dorado

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Kansas

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Lawrence, KS 95,294 27.9
2 Manhattan, KS 55,489 24.6
3 Pittsburg, KS 20,280 25.9
4 Hays, KS 20,956 30.7
5 Wichita, KS 389,563 34.8
6 Emporia, KS 24,649 28.8
7 Overland Park, KS 188,687 37.7
8 Olathe, KS 135,986 35.0
9 Liberal, KS 20,251 29.1
10 Merriam, KS 11,243 39.5
11 Salina, KS 47,230 38.1
12 Topeka, KS 126,877 36.9
13 Leawood, KS 34,570 46.3
14 Derby, KS 23,768 35.8
15 Hutchinson, KS 41,146 39.3
16 Atchison, KS 10,675 30.7
17 Haysville, KS 11,298 32.6
18 Gardner, KS 21,351 32.2
19 Mcpherson, KS 13,041 36.8
20 Lenexa, KS 53,051 37.7
21 Great Bend, KS 15,544 37.6
22 Leavenworth, KS 36,008 35.3
23 Newton, KS 18,923 39.4
24 Shawnee, KS 65,239 38.5
25 Ottawa, KS 12,275 35.4
26 Andover, KS 12,862 34.3
27 El Dorado, KS 12,988 37.2
28 Winfield, KS 12,138 35.7
29 Lansing, KS 11,835 38.1

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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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