These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Kansas For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Kansas are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Kansas, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Sunflower State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Kansas based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Kansas ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Kansas for 2018:

  1. Mission Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Westwood (Homes For Sale)
  3. Fairway (Homes For Sale)
  4. Victoria (Homes For Sale)
  5. Lindsborg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. North Newton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Silver Lake (Homes For Sale)
  8. Rose Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Colwich (Homes For Sale)
  10. St. Marys (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Mission Hills, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Sunflower State check out:

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Kansas

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 140 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 140, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Kansas. Top of that list — Mission Hills.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Kansas.

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1. Mission Hills

Mission Hills, KS

Population: 3,582
Median Income: $246,528 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $942,400 (1st Best)
More on Mission Hills: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

2. Westwood


Population: 1,747
Median Income: $92,563 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $207,600 (3rd Best)
More on Westwood: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Fairway


Population: 3,964
Median Income: $102,821 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $335,800 (2nd Best)
More on Fairway: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Victoria


Population: 1,316
Median Income: $56,300 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,000 (19th Best)
More on Victoria: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Lindsborg

Lindsborg, KS

Population: 3,417
Median Income: $56,406 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $158,800 (6th Best)
More on Lindsborg: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. North Newton

North Newton, KS

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,901
Median Income: $57,500 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $148,900 (10th Best)
More on North Newton: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

7. Silver Lake


Population: 1,659
Median Income: $64,167 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $148,700 (12th Best)
More on Silver Lake: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Rose Hill

Rose Hill, KS

Population: 3,915
Median Income: $67,308 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,200 (18th Best)
More on Rose Hill: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Colwich


Population: 1,305
Median Income: $76,406 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $123,800 (25th Best)
More on Colwich: Data| Homes For Sale

10. St. Marys

St. Marys, KS

Population: 2,793
Median Income: $52,500 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $139,000 (15th Best)
More on St. Marys: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

11. Scott City

Scott City, KS

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,046
Median Income: $59,052 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $126,800 (23rd Best)
More on Scott City: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

12. Clearwater

Clearwater, KS

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,423
Median Income: $61,667 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,800 (21st Best)
More on Clearwater: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

13. Hesston

Hesston, KS

Population: 3,541
Median Income: $59,877 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,100 (14th Best)
More on Hesston: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

14. Galva


Population: 1,018
Median Income: $56,250 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $129,400 (22nd Best)
More on Galva: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Kechi


Population: 2,352
Median Income: $90,781 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,500 (4th Best)
More on Kechi: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Larned

Larned, KS

Population: 3,966
Median Income: $39,709 (105th Best)
Median Home Value: $75,900 (94th Best)
More on Larned: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. St. Francis


Population: 1,245
Median Income: $41,103 (97th Best)
Median Home Value: $81,200 (79th Best)
More on St. Francis: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Buhler


Population: 1,391
Median Income: $52,153 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $93,300 (54th Best)
More on Buhler: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Wakeeney


Population: 2,065
Median Income: $51,026 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $77,400 (89th Best)
More on Wakeeney: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Wakefield


Population: 1,006
Median Income: $56,635 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $135,700 (20th Best)
More on Wakefield: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Kansas are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Kansas:

  1. Herington
  2. Cherryvale
  3. Chetopa

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Kansas

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Mission Hills 3,582 $246,528 $942,400
2 Westwood 1,747 $92,563 $207,600
3 Fairway 3,964 $102,821 $335,800
4 Victoria 1,316 $56,300 $136,000
5 Lindsborg 3,417 $56,406 $158,800
6 North Newton 1,901 $57,500 $148,900
7 Silver Lake 1,659 $64,167 $148,700
8 Rose Hill 3,915 $67,308 $136,200
9 Colwich 1,305 $76,406 $123,800
10 St. Marys 2,793 $52,500 $139,000
11 Scott City 4,046 $59,052 $126,800
12 Clearwater 2,423 $61,667 $130,800
13 Hesston 3,541 $59,877 $140,100
14 Galva 1,018 $56,250 $129,400
15 Kechi 2,352 $90,781 $167,500
16 Larned 3,966 $39,709 $75,900
17 St. Francis 1,245 $41,103 $81,200
18 Buhler 1,391 $52,153 $93,300
19 Wakeeney 2,065 $51,026 $77,400
20 Wakefield 1,006 $56,635 $135,700
21 Goddard 4,224 $60,500 $138,900
22 Inman 1,293 $43,125 $113,400
23 Holcomb 2,393 $66,042 $138,800
24 Hoxie 1,180 $49,167 $90,000
25 Tonganoxie 4,792 $49,514 $143,900
26 Seneca 2,019 $38,438 $107,100
27 Wamego 4,511 $52,397 $149,000
28 Cheney 2,005 $67,813 $115,600
29 Halstead 2,247 $54,688 $116,100
30 Meade 1,667 $50,887 $79,000
31 Ellsworth 3,054 $48,068 $101,000
32 Auburn 1,310 $57,411 $113,000
33 Beloit 3,929 $45,486 $97,600
34 Sublette 1,606 $61,473 $119,500
35 Chapman 1,410 $55,700 $126,400
36 Moundridge 1,905 $46,667 $103,800
37 Ness City 1,527 $49,750 $74,700
38 Lakin 1,935 $51,250 $95,400
39 Hillsboro 2,900 $48,125 $87,300
40 Rossville 1,223 $58,750 $114,400
41 Riley 1,022 $48,214 $117,800
42 Atwood 1,058 $40,000 $83,000
43 Cimarron 2,146 $57,356 $118,800
44 Hill City 1,440 $38,289 $74,300
45 Solomon 1,095 $51,944 $96,000
46 Phillipsburg 2,526 $43,750 $77,100
47 Ellis 2,218 $48,068 $87,900
48 Sabetha 2,570 $46,318 $91,800
49 Leoti 1,578 $55,139 $57,600
50 Kiowa 1,013 $50,179 $77,500
51 Frontenac 3,438 $53,449 $121,500
52 Altamont 1,098 $57,917 $80,200
53 Plainville 1,860 $48,872 $80,800
54 Clay Center 4,193 $44,190 $85,700
55 Greensburg 1,000 $37,500 $161,700
56 Baldwin City 4,599 $51,640 $158,200
57 Louisburg 4,323 $50,991 $158,100
58 Marysville 3,290 $41,653 $94,200
59 Oakley 1,975 $44,201 $85,100
60 Maize 4,414 $71,369 $148,900
61 Sterling 2,490 $40,509 $75,900
62 Wellsville 1,975 $48,839 $115,700
63 Washington 1,141 $48,000 $70,000
64 Johnson City 1,266 $42,010 $84,800
65 Oxford 1,065 $50,750 $90,000
66 Sedgwick 1,600 $51,328 $109,800
67 Highland 1,047 $49,688 $84,300
68 Norton 2,836 $46,350 $62,500
69 Oberlin 1,800 $37,106 $64,400
70 Minneapolis 1,921 $48,700 $79,600
71 Lyndon 1,033 $54,423 $86,500
72 Ellinwood 2,332 $49,917 $68,700
73 Plains 1,109 $52,863 $100,000
74 Holton 3,275 $44,107 $100,800
75 Wathena 1,297 $50,601 $107,700
76 Haven 1,165 $49,844 $82,600
77 Conway Springs 1,408 $52,000 $80,100
78 Goodland 4,702 $44,360 $73,900
79 Hugoton 3,831 $51,678 $86,200
80 Medicine Lodge 2,231 $48,250 $69,500
81 Hiawatha 3,109 $40,196 $89,800
82 Smith Center 1,615 $35,690 $67,700
83 Overbrook 1,024 $47,813 $105,600
84 Russell 4,570 $41,071 $90,000
85 Edgerton 1,640 $51,339 $118,000
86 Stockton 1,357 $41,607 $49,900
87 Council Grove 2,337 $37,500 $77,500
88 Douglass 1,960 $57,083 $85,500
89 Burlington 2,611 $44,869 $94,800
90 Osborne 1,488 $37,298 $58,400
91 Edwardsville 4,364 $60,632 $115,500
92 Syracuse 1,681 $47,723 $86,700
93 St. John 1,406 $50,278 $65,100
94 La Crosse 1,317 $35,081 $78,900
95 Lyons 3,716 $50,205 $73,600
96 Harper 1,340 $44,911 $63,600
97 Kinsley 1,468 $42,727 $56,100
98 Belle Plaine 1,588 $50,192 $74,000
99 Hoisington 2,632 $47,008 $74,500
100 Towanda 1,382 $48,715 $80,600

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