These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Kansas


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Kansas (in which to live):

  1. Assaria
  2. Ozawkie
  3. Maple Hill
  4. Elbing
  5. Eastborough
  6. Detroit
  7. Garden Plain
  8. Olsburg
  9. Spearville
  10. Lake Quivira

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.

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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.

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1. Assaria


Population 2014: 484
Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $116,800
Crime Per 100k: 2,400

2. Ozawkie


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

4. Elbing


Population 2014: 239
Median Income: $70,000
Median Home Price: $109,100
Crime Per 100k: 2,477

5. Eastborough


Population 2014: 711
Median Income: $138,125
Median Home Price: $300,800
Crime Per 100k: 922

6. Detroit


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

8. Olsburg


Population 2014: 221
Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $76,700
Crime Per 100k: 2,908

9. Spearville


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:

  1. Belpre
  2. Neosho Falls
  3. Ramona

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Kansas

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Assaria 1 484 $58,750 $116,800 2,400
Ozawkie 2 709 $67,031 $133,400 2,174
Maple Hill 3 723 $58,661 $116,100 2,758
Elbing 4 239 $70,000 $109,100 2,477
Eastborough 5 711 $138,125 $300,800 922
Detroit 6 272 $84,271 $119,900 2,484
Garden Plain 7 770 $63,833 $125,400 690
Olsburg 8 221 $58,750 $76,700 2,908
Spearville 9 689 $57,188 $86,500 2,469
Lake Quivira 10 884 $130,000 $499,300 922
Andale 11 1,005 $66,071 $152,600 793
Paxico 12 282 $57,500 $80,400 2,975
Randolph 13 232 $71,250 $91,700 2,623
Milford 14 556 $47,500 $157,400 2,320
Schoenchen 15 219 $45,250 $85,000 2,934
New Strawn 16 405 $72,857 $117,900 2,060
Copeland 17 290 $65,625 $71,400 2,829
Nortonville 18 687 $52,969 $69,900 3,068
Bennington 19 761 $53,125 $88,500 2,784
Whitewater 20 742 $55,139 $88,200 2,912
Denton 21 174 $49,375 $60,000 3,065
Onaga 22 721 $42,708 $73,600 2,907
Claflin 23 560 $53,750 $50,000 2,997
Tribune 24 708 $53,125 $69,100 2,542
Offerle 25 240 $58,125 $52,100 2,952
Hoyt 26 541 $55,481 $88,100 2,836
Uniontown 27 433 $46,635 $60,800 3,261
Burrton 28 927 $52,365 $71,600 792
Meriden 29 938 $50,682 $107,500 2,585
Norwich 30 489 $50,602 $75,000 3,107
Olpe 31 590 $49,306 $99,500 2,823
Perry 32 994 $57,852 $102,500 2,578
Liberty 33 180 $68,125 $72,300 2,731
Westmoreland 34 752 $39,650 $101,200 2,779
Baileyville 35 181 $49,732 $92,400 2,725
Wheaton 36 181 $51,250 $70,000 3,340
Havensville 37 131 $57,115 $43,300 3,080
Potwin 38 489 $46,667 $61,900 3,034
Brewster 39 288 $41,667 $71,900 3,016
Little River 40 523 $41,786 $62,600 366
Galva 41 891 $51,250 $97,900 2,661
Mayetta 42 424 $55,060 $80,000 3,071
Rexford 43 306 $50,000 $65,000 3,316
Americus 44 923 $54,779 $88,600 2,830
Belvue 45 223 $46,111 $94,500 2,806
Lecompton 46 644 $52,396 $96,700 2,740
Parker 47 347 $56,579 $67,600 2,573
Hope 48 357 $40,938 $76,900 2,891
Rolla 49 372 $51,250 $72,600 2,869
Hanover 50 649 $49,063 $59,300 3,137
Albert 51 151 $40,750 $62,800 2,955
Home 52 317 $77,986 $110,400 2,429
Lancaster 53 362 $49,306 $79,200 3,109
Moscow 54 317 $63,333 $76,500 2,821
Selden 55 309 $45,625 $61,400 2,894
Gypsum 56 322 $44,688 $80,700 2,896
Harveyville 57 285 $50,625 $61,300 3,234
Kensington 58 410 $45,096 $65,200 3,003
Beattie 59 208 $53,750 $56,000 3,162
Greensburg 60 888 $43,000 $129,800 2,346
Parkerfield 61 335 $75,938 $132,800 2,045
Cunningham 62 404 $45,417 $51,300 3,087
Sharon Springs 63 668 $45,078 $65,000 3,043
Tipton 64 215 $39,844 $60,000 2,831
Montezuma 65 903 $52,917 $88,800 2,780
Bentley 66 451 $57,321 $102,700 2,425
Delia 67 186 $44,659 $62,500 3,315
Axtell 68 389 $35,714 $69,600 3,017
Marquette 69 647 $44,076 $60,000 3,142
Waterville 70 642 $42,500 $59,800 3,022
Utica 71 178 $41,964 $37,500 2,536
Burdett 72 373 $43,289 $56,700 3,128
Smolan 73 248 $50,278 $81,800 3,039
Viola 74 150 $52,500 $86,000 2,786
Alma 75 789 $37,500 $88,700 2,988
Leonardville 76 378 $33,500 $85,700 2,985
Wilson 77 770 $47,303 $49,000 3,132
Fowler 78 511 $42,614 $61,100 3,164
Prairie View 79 133 $52,679 $37,500 3,264
Morrill 80 288 $46,563 $43,100 3,574
Richmond 81 514 $42,574 $68,400 3,297
Hudson 82 124 $49,583 $35,400 3,059
Mount Hope 83 855 $51,641 $96,000 2,815
Glen Elder 84 409 $36,406 $49,700 3,131
Lincolnville 85 230 $53,250 $35,000 3,303
Minneola 86 626 $29,919 $70,500 3,125
Tescott 87 358 $39,087 $70,400 3,019
Lucas 88 518 $38,167 $56,000 3,133
Gorham 89 350 $36,563 $59,700 3,077
Winchester 90 598 $43,750 $84,800 2,962
Tampa 91 115 $59,583 $52,500 3,183
Effingham 92 540 $44,000 $75,700 3,004
Ingalls 93 373 $47,946 $55,800 3,292
Lowell 94 336 $53,409 $64,100 3,360
Leon 95 742 $53,281 $65,200 3,090
White City 96 685 $57,500 $71,800 3,065
Centralia 97 536 $43,750 $51,300 3,174
Hillsdale 98 195 $88,229 $243,800 1,007
Edna 99 336 $49,167 $55,900 3,087
Colony 100 468 $47,500 $69,200 3,079

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