Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2020


We analyzed over 23 places in Kansas to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Kansas.

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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.

Why did Lansing take the top spot? And where are Wichita and Overland Park?

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!

For more Kansas state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2020

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,835
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,074
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $631
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
More on Atchison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,649
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $671
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
More on Emporia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Shawnee, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 65,239
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $966
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Shawnee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,570
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,699
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

El Dorado, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,988
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $731
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
More on El Dorado: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,544
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $659
Distance to Closest Airport: 218 miles
More on Great Bend: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,275
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $761
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
More on Ottawa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,923
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $736
Distance to Closest Airport: 150 miles
More on Newton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,041
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $765
Distance to Closest Airport: 170 miles
More on Mcpherson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

For these 21, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • 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.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Wichita
  2. Haysville
  3. Gardner

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Kansas?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Lansing 11,835 $1,074
2 Atchison 10,675 $631
3 Emporia 24,649 $671
4 Shawnee 65,239 $966
5 Leawood 34,570 $1,699
6 El Dorado 12,988 $731
7 Great Bend 15,544 $659
8 Ottawa 12,275 $761
9 Newton 18,923 $736
10 Mcpherson 13,041 $765

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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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