10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Kansas.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Kansas is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Lansing as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Lansing don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Kansas state reading:

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,706
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 35)
Median Rent: $980
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.

Leavenworth, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,948
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 21)
Median Rent: $906
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Leavenworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,798
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $576
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.

Great Bend, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 15,741
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Rent: $613
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.

Parsons, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,111
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $572
Distance to Closest Airport: 85 miles
More on Parsons: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parsons is a city in Labette County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,500. It is the most populous city of Labette County, and is the second-most populous city in the southeastern region of Kansas.

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 183,775
Rank Last Year: 50 (Up 44)
Median Rent: $1,040
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Leawood, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 33,763
Rank Last Year: 52 (Up 45)
Median Rent: $1,235
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.

Shawnee, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 64,444
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 34)
Median Rent: $882
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.

Ottawa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,433
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $754
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.

El Dorado, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,102
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 17)
Median Rent: $677
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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sunflower State for 2019

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 23 places from across the state.

For these 23, 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 23, 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.

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. Andover

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Kansas?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Lansing 11,706 $980
2 Leavenworth 35,948 $906
3 Atchison 10,798 $576
4 Great Bend 15,741 $613
5 Parsons 10,111 $572
6 Overland Park 183,775 $1,040
7 Leawood 33,763 $1,235
8 Shawnee 64,444 $882
9 Ottawa 12,433 $754
10 El Dorado 13,102 $677

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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