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You won't have to be a Walmart greeter for long if you choose one of Kansas' best places to retire.
Nope, you'll be able to play pinochle and gin rummy all day with your retirement buddies if you choose one of HomeSnacks' top ten places to retire in Kansas for 2020. But before we tell you Kansas' best place to retire, we need to tell you how we calculated this list of Kansas stunners.
First, we looked at the latest FBI and Census reports on crime, demographics, and affordable housing for 21 cities with over 10,000 residents. Next, we looked at the distance each place is to an international airport. And folks, the numbers told us some pretty great things for anyone looking to retire in The Sunflower State.
For one, we learned that the entire state's living costs come in close to 14% below the national average. Secondly, we learned that in some of Kansas' biggest cities like Witchita and Topeka, retirees are currently enjoying particularly affordable housing costs. And third, now, more than ever, is the best time to take advantage of Kansas' low costs.
So, want to know where you can live out your best years in The Free State? Keep reading.
Incidentally, this is our sixth time ranking Kansas' best of the best for retirees, so we have a ton of data to help you find the right place to retire and our list is on point.
So, without further adieu, what city is the best place to retire in Kansas for 2020? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Lansing is the best place to retire in Kansas if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.
Read below to see how your favorite place ranked and how other amazing Kansas cities ranked. Hint: if you live in the greater Kansas City area, consider yourself one lucky Jayhawker retiree!
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2020
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 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.
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.
Shawnee is a city located in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 62,209.
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.
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.
Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Kansas, United States. It is named for its location at the point where the course of the Arkansas River bends east then southeast. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 15,995.
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.
Newton is a city in and the county seat of Harvey County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,132. Newton is located 25 miles north of Wichita. The city of North Newton is located immediately north, existing as a separate political entity.
McPherson is a city in and the county seat of McPherson County, Kansas, United States, in the central part of the state. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,155. The city is named after Union General James Birdseye McPherson, a Civil War general. It is home to McPherson College and Central Christian College.
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sunflower State for 2020
To create our list of the best places in Kansas to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Sunflower State -- 664 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 21 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 21, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Lansing, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Kansas Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Kansas goes to Lansing.
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