These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Kansas For 2019


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Data updated for 2019.

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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 2019:

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

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:

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 – 141 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 141, 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.

Mission Hills, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,578
Median Income: $250,000 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $978,500 (1st Best)
More on Mission Hills: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,946
Median Income: $103,050 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $338,400 (2nd Best)
More on Fairway: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,720
Median Income: $84,130 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $213,900 (3rd Best)
More on Westwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,256
Median Income: $63,625 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $135,900 (20th Best)
More on Victoria: Data | Homes For Sale

North Newton, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,012
Median Income: $65,694 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $152,900 (9th Best)
More on North Newton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,537
Median Income: $61,797 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $145,200 (10th Best)
More on Silver Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

St. Marys, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,717
Median Income: $62,361 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,600 (14th Best)
More on St. Marys: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,049
Median Income: $61,250 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,200 (19th Best)
More on Wakefield: Data | Homes For Sale

Rose Hill, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,863
Median Income: $75,000 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $138,300 (17th Best)
More on Rose Hill: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Lindsborg, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,313
Median Income: $51,528 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $164,900 (6th Best)
More on Lindsborg: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,190
Median Income: $79,063 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $132,400 (21st Best)
More on Colwich: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,703
Median Income: $93,915 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $175,800 (4th Best)
More on Kechi: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,159
Median Income: $56,146 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $100,000 (47th Best)
More on Hoxie: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,372
Median Income: $47,019 (77th Best)
Median Home Value: $116,800 (31st Best)
More on Inman: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,173
Median Income: $62,639 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,900 (13th Best)
More on Goddard: Data | Homes For Sale

Hesston, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,723
Median Income: $60,047 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $142,500 (12th Best)
More on Hesston: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,504
Median Income: $70,323 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,200 (23rd Best)
More on Clearwater: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Scott City, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,823
Median Income: $57,690 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $120,500 (26th Best)
More on Scott City: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,270
Median Income: $41,071 (108th Best)
Median Home Value: $82,300 (75th Best)
More on St. Francis: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,243
Median Income: $70,938 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,000 (15th Best)
More on Holcomb: 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. Pleasanton
  2. Chetopa
  3. La Cygne

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Kansas

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Mission Hills 3,578 $250,000.0 $978,500.0
2 Fairway 3,946 $103,050.0 $338,400.0
3 Westwood 1,720 $84,130.0 $213,900.0
4 Victoria 1,256 $63,625.0 $135,900.0
5 North Newton 2,012 $65,694.0 $152,900.0
6 Silver Lake 1,537 $61,797.0 $145,200.0
7 St. Marys 2,717 $62,361.0 $139,600.0
8 Wakefield 1,049 $61,250.0 $136,200.0
9 Rose Hill 3,863 $75,000.0 $138,300.0
10 Lindsborg 3,313 $51,528.0 $164,900.0
11 Colwich 1,190 $79,063.0 $132,400.0
12 Kechi 2,703 $93,915.0 $175,800.0
13 Hoxie 1,159 $56,146.0 $100,000.0
14 Inman 1,372 $47,019.0 $116,800.0
15 Goddard 4,173 $62,639.0 $140,900.0
16 Hesston 3,723 $60,047.0 $142,500.0
17 Clearwater 2,504 $70,323.0 $130,200.0
18 Scott City 3,823 $57,690.0 $120,500.0
19 St. Francis 1,270 $41,071.0 $82,300.0
20 Holcomb 2,243 $70,938.0 $139,000.0
21 Moundridge 1,869 $48,750.0 $116,600.0
22 Seneca 2,072 $41,667.0 $117,800.0
23 Ellis 2,244 $47,429.0 $99,700.0
24 Ness City 1,542 $56,053.0 $76,200.0
25 Auburn 1,175 $59,250.0 $112,600.0
26 Buhler 1,314 $52,768.0 $96,100.0
27 Galva 1,057 $52,292.0 $138,700.0
28 Hillsboro 2,864 $48,224.0 $81,900.0
29 Wakeeney 2,094 $51,875.0 $81,500.0
30 Riley 1,223 $50,054.0 $131,700.0
31 Cheney 1,938 $64,013.0 $110,100.0
32 Atwood 1,049 $43,542.0 $84,400.0
33 Ellsworth 3,050 $44,570.0 $103,500.0
34 Rossville 1,211 $59,500.0 $116,200.0
35 Larned 3,914 $42,119.0 $73,600.0
36 Cimarron 2,240 $60,288.0 $128,100.0
37 Meade 1,665 $51,941.0 $77,500.0
38 Halstead 2,369 $56,719.0 $110,000.0
39 Phillipsburg 2,517 $45,602.0 $80,300.0
40 Alma 1,023 $58,347.0 $90,900.0
41 Lakin 1,864 $49,063.0 $102,000.0
42 Baldwin City 4,627 $58,393.0 $165,300.0
43 Norton 2,813 $52,966.0 $68,800.0
44 Sabetha 2,544 $51,464.0 $98,400.0
45 Frontenac 3,421 $55,523.0 $129,200.0
46 Plainville 1,850 $50,688.0 $84,100.0
47 Wamego 4,805 $46,471.0 $142,600.0
48 Clay Center 4,127 $50,385.0 $83,600.0
49 Hill City 1,521 $39,231.0 $76,700.0
50 Solomon 1,096 $55,865.0 $101,000.0
51 Oakley 1,855 $47,773.0 $86,400.0
52 Leoti 1,439 $48,250.0 $78,100.0
53 Louisburg 4,347 $56,859.0 $162,300.0
54 Wellsville 1,958 $51,852.0 $117,300.0
55 Beloit 4,110 $41,570.0 $94,000.0
56 Sublette 1,534 $48,850.0 $106,600.0
57 Maize 4,490 $65,697.0 $158,400.0
58 Altamont 1,134 $58,167.0 $83,300.0
59 Oxford 1,098 $53,929.0 $88,900.0
60 Russell 4,496 $48,567.0 $96,000.0
61 Hiawatha 3,176 $43,651.0 $84,900.0
62 Dighton 1,002 $52,639.0 $68,300.0
63 Sterling 2,558 $45,469.0 $81,100.0
64 Humboldt 1,714 $40,885.0 $66,300.0
65 Ellinwood 2,246 $49,559.0 $68,000.0
66 Marysville 3,288 $44,519.0 $94,700.0
67 Chapman 1,365 $44,830.0 $137,900.0
68 Sedgwick 1,497 $51,648.0 $111,300.0
69 Minneapolis 1,787 $47,134.0 $88,900.0
70 Washington 1,116 $45,521.0 $70,900.0
71 Wathena 1,253 $51,684.0 $104,800.0
72 Stockton 1,500 $44,167.0 $57,500.0
73 Burlington 2,590 $51,111.0 $95,100.0
74 Douglass 1,821 $59,107.0 $82,100.0
75 Edgerton 1,660 $53,882.0 $119,200.0
76 Osborne 1,449 $38,708.0 $61,400.0
77 Haven 1,185 $49,861.0 $81,500.0
78 Goodland 4,530 $52,538.0 $79,000.0
79 Conway Springs 1,451 $50,855.0 $78,900.0
80 Satanta 1,077 $55,600.0 $73,800.0
81 Smith Center 1,572 $37,070.0 $63,900.0
82 Hugoton 4,039 $54,615.0 $88,600.0
83 Highland 1,043 $55,167.0 $81,700.0
84 St. John 1,410 $50,060.0 $64,500.0
85 Plains 1,060 $60,147.0 $79,700.0
86 Kingman 3,026 $46,299.0 $81,400.0
87 Edwardsville 4,436 $61,228.0 $118,800.0
88 La Crosse 1,237 $33,289.0 $80,900.0
89 Medicine Lodge 2,168 $47,500.0 $71,900.0
90 Columbus 3,158 $40,968.0 $72,500.0
91 Holton 3,268 $43,142.0 $101,600.0
92 Oskaloosa 1,503 $52,250.0 $93,500.0
93 Johnson City 1,166 $38,250.0 $68,500.0
94 Syracuse 1,776 $47,793.0 $86,800.0
95 Anthony 2,258 $49,375.0 $64,000.0
96 Council Grove 2,301 $38,021.0 $88,800.0
97 Belle Plaine 1,692 $54,375.0 $73,400.0
98 Pomona 1,035 $41,944.0 $108,500.0
99 Girard 2,733 $40,136.0 $67,300.0
100 Kinsley 1,497 $46,875.0 $58,300.0

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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