These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas


We analyzed over 34 places in Kansas to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Kansas.

But where exactly in Kansas? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Kansas that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in El Dorado don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Sunflower State to retire:

  1. El Dorado
  2. Ulysses
  3. Mcpherson
  4. Haysville
  5. Liberal
  6. Derby
  7. Iola
  8. Fort Scott
  9. Pittsburg
  10. Abilene

Why did El Dorado take the top spot? And where are Overland Park and Olathe? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sunflower State

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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 34 places from across the state.

For these 34, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 34, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case El Dorado, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. El Dorado

El Dorado, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,931
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
Crime Per 100k: 278
El Dorado ranked 1 overall thanks to its 13 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

2. Ulysses

Ulysses, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,010
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 163 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,797
Ulysses ranked 2 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

3. Mcpherson


Population 2014: 13,205
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 170 miles
Crime Per 100k: 204
McPherson ranked 3 overall thanks to its 18 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

4. Haysville


Population 2014: 11,235
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,821
Haysville ranked 4 overall thanks to its 16 place rank for cost of living and 17 place safety rank.

5. Liberal

Liberal, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,846
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 133 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,194
Liberal ranked 5 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.

6. Derby


Population 2014: 23,419
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 120 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,506
Derby ranked 6 overall thanks to its 25 place rank for cost of living and 16 place safety rank.

7. Iola

Iola, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,650
Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 101 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,575
Iola ranked 7 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 24 place safety rank.

8. Fort Scott


Population 2014: 7,957
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 101 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,404
Fort Scott ranked 8 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 30 place safety rank.

9. Pittsburg

Pittsburg, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,336
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 106 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,009
Pittsburg ranked 9 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 32 place safety rank.

10. Abilene

Abilene, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,729
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 136 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,214
Abilene ranked 10 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Kansas goes to El Dorado.

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

  • Bonner Springs
  • Paola
  • Winfield

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Kansas

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
El Dorado 1 12,931 81 124 278
Ulysses 2 6,010 80 163 1,797
Mcpherson 3 13,205 88 170 204
Haysville 4 11,235 84 124 2,821
Liberal 5 20,846 80 133 3,194
Derby 6 23,419 94 120 2,506
Iola 7 5,650 76 101 3,575
Fort Scott 8 7,957 77 101 5,404
Pittsburg 9 20,336 80 106 6,009
Abilene 10 6,729 87 136 2,214
Mulvane 11 6,000 88 115 2,416
Hays 12 20,886 94 248 2,393
Colby 13 5,411 82 195 3,252
Lansing 14 11,535 100 10 1,378
Wellington 15 8,028 77 112 4,110
Leavenworth 16 35,738 92 11 3,981
Bel Aire 17 6,923 93 132 1,213
Leawood 18 32,842 135 27 1,312
Olathe 19 129,913 109 29 1,421
Overland Park 20 178,945 117 28 1,877
Concordia 21 5,327 77 157 4,486
Great Bend 22 15,942 79 218 6,078
Shawnee 23 63,597 113 19 1,814
Valley Center 24 6,449 93 139 1,736
Andover 25 12,113 100 123 2,443
Pratt 26 6,889 78 189 3,266
Topeka 27 127,660 83 55 5,413
Lenexa 28 49,573 115 23 1,740
Atchison 29 10,920 80 29 3,882
Coffeyville 30 10,034 75 60 8,501
Ottawa 31 12,548 89 56 3,299
Winfield 32 12,324 80 94 3,537
Paola 33 5,589 91 50 3,310
Bonner Springs 34 7,420 103 17 4,070

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