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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Kansas (in which to live):
If you live in one of these small towns like Assaria, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Kansas.
How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Kansas
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
- High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
- Crime Rates (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 309 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 309, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Kansas. Top of that list — Assaria.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Kansas.
Population 2014: 484 Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $116,800
Crime Per 100k: 2,400
Population 2014: 709 Median Income: $67,031
Median Home Price: $133,400
Crime Per 100k: 2,174
3. Maple Hill
Population 2014: 723 Median Income: $58,661
Median Home Price: $116,100
Crime Per 100k: 2,758
Population 2014: 239 Median Income: $70,000
Median Home Price: $109,100
Crime Per 100k: 2,477
Population 2014: 711 Median Income: $138,125
Median Home Price: $300,800
Crime Per 100k: 922
Population 2014: 272 Median Income: $84,271
Median Home Price: $119,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,484
7. Garden Plain
Population 2014: 770 Median Income: $63,833
Median Home Price: $125,400
Crime Per 100k: 690
Population 2014: 221 Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $76,700
Crime Per 100k: 2,908
Population 2014: 689 Median Income: $57,188
Median Home Price: $86,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,469
10. Lake Quivira
Population 2014: 884 Median Income: $130,000
Median Home Price: $499,300
Crime Per 100k: 922
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 10 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:
- Neosho Falls
For more Kansas reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Kansas
- These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Kansas
- These Are The 10 Snobbiest Cities In Kansas
Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Kansas