The 10 Cheapest Kansas City, MO Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Kansas City.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Kansas City

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Kansas City might be more expensive than living in rural Missouri, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Kansas City neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Kansas City for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Norble And Gregory Ridge looks to be the cheaptest Kansas City neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Kansas City. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Kansas City that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Kansas City Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Kansas City, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 131 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Kansas City.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Norble And Gregory Ridge.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Kansas City. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Kansas City For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 1,704
Cost Of Living Index: 76 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.0 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (23rd cheapest)
More on Norble And Gregory Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Norble And Gregory Ridge comes in at $35,777 and the median home value is $37,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 713
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (34th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (28th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (18th cheapest)
More on West Blue Township: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in West Blue Township comes in at $41,159 and the median home value is $76,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,096
Cost Of Living Index: 76 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.6 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (75th cheapest)
More on Oak Park Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Oak Park Southwest comes in at $33,735 and the median home value is $19,150 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 280
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (34th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (28th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (18th cheapest)
More on Cunningham Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Cunningham Ridge comes in at $41,159 and the median home value is $76,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,262
Cost Of Living Index: 79 (24th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (19th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (54th cheapest)
More on South Town Fork Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in South Town Fork Creek comes in at $32,522 and the median home value is $55,200 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 901
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (34th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (60th cheapest)
More on Foxtown East: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Foxtown East comes in at $42,372 and the median home value is $48,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,010
Cost Of Living Index: 78 (16th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.6 (15th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (71st cheapest)
More on Legacy East: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Legacy East comes in at $29,784 and the median home value is $46,500 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 890
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (44th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (46th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (14th cheapest)
More on Brown Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Brown Estates comes in at $41,351 and the median home value is $84,700 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 563
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (34th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.1 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (67th cheapest)
More on Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast comes in at $41,050 and the median home value is $45,200 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 157
Cost Of Living Index: 75 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (107th cheapest)
More on Northest Industrial District: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Northest Industrial District comes in at $26,500 and the median home value is $18,000 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Kansas City

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Kansas City where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Kansas City aren’t all cheap. Blue Hills Estates takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Kansas City.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Kansas City For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Norble And Gregory Ridge 76
2 West Blue Township 80
3 Oak Park Southwest 76
4 Cunningham Ridge 80
5 South Town Fork Creek 79
6 Foxtown East 80
7 Legacy East 78
8 Brown Estates 81
9 Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast 80
10 Northest Industrial District 75
11 South Blue Valley 75
12 Fairlane 83
13 North India Mound 80
14 Santa Fe 77
15 Ivanhoe Northeast 78
16 Santa Fe Hills 83
17 Palestine East 77
18 Knoches Park 77
19 White Oak 88
20 Blue Valley Industrial 77
21 Fairwood And Robandee 83
22 Lykins 77
23 Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 78
24 Stayton Meadows 85
25 Timber Valley 93
26 Saint Catherine’s Gardens 89
27 Oldham Farms 83
28 South India Mound 80
29 Waldo Homes 84
30 Lea Manor 88
31 East Community Team South 78
32 Oak Park Southeast 81
33 Willow Creek 82
34 Eastwood Hills West 81
35 Ruskin Heights 81
36 Faireway Hills 90
37 Mount Hope 75
38 East Meyer 82
39 Mission Lake 91
40 Manheim Park 79
41 Swope Park Campus 80
42 Stanford Estates 84
43 Western Hills 86
44 Blue Vue Hills 91
45 East Community Team North 78
46 West Blue Valley 78
47 East Blue Valley 79
48 Ingleside 81
49 Ruskin Hills 83
50 Oak Park Northwest 79
51 Citadel 84
52 Eastwood Hill East 83
53 North Town Fork Creek 80
54 Blue Hills 81
55 Swope Parkway-Elmwood 81
56 Bonne Hills 87
57 Ivanhoe Southeast 78
58 Sterling Acres 86
59 Tower Homes 92
60 Vineyard 80
61 Sarritt Point 81
62 Ward Parkway Plaza 95
63 Linden Hills And Indian Heights 88
64 Lewis Heights 84
65 Loma Vista 82
66 Westside South 85
67 Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 78
68 Morningside 99
69 Park Farms 86
70 Armour Hills 102
71 Robandee South 86
72 Marlborough East 78
73 Little Blue Valley 95
74 Hickman Mills South 86
75 Vineyard Northwest 79
76 North Blue Ridge 79
77 Ward Parkway 98
78 Hickman Mills 84
79 Richards Gebaur 83
80 Ashland Ridge 82
81 West Waldo 94
82 Martin City 91
83 Hillcrest 83
84 Holmes Park 94
85 Squier Park 90
86 Highview Estates 98
87 Hanover Place 83
88 Indipendence Plaza 80
89 Washington Weatley 82
90 Sheffield 78
91 East Sqope Highlands 83
92 Westwood 106
93 Country Lane Estates 93
94 Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 80
95 Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 77
96 Self Help Neighborhood Council 80
97 South Hyde Park 89
98 Royal Oaks 91
99 Unity Ridge 113
100 Western 49-63 105
101 Bannister Ares 91
102 West Plaza 98
103 Kirkside 85
104 Valentine 91
105 Volker 95
106 Country Valley-Hawthorn Square 92
107 Sunset Hill 138
108 Hidden Valley 82
109 Beacon Hills 86
110 Central Hyde Park 107
111 Oakwood 83
112 Broadway Gillham 85
113 Eastern 49-63 88
114 Central Business District-Downtown 97
115 Plaza Westport 96
116 Union Hill 102
117 Southmoreland 93
118 Roanoke 113
119 Crown Center 99
120 Riss Lake 84
121 Red Ridge South 94
122 River Market 101
123 South Plaza 114
124 Wendell Phillips 82
125 North Hyde Park 90
126 Old Westport 96
127 Key Coalition 81
128 Pendleton Heights 83
129 Westside North 92
130 Longfellow 93
131 Blue Hills Estates 108

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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