These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Kansas For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Kansas go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

‘She works hard for the money…’

And these places in Kansas definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Kansas where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Sunflower State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 58 largest places in Kansas, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Kansas for 2018:

  1. Concordia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Abilene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Junction City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Coffeyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Manhattan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Parsons (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Iola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Chanute (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Fort Scott (Homes For Sale)
  10. Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Bel Aire (the most expensive place in Kansas) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Kansas or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Sunflower State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Kansas to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 58 places in Kansas that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Concordia

Concordia, Kansas

Population: 5,359
Services: 93
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 97
Housing: 43
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 87
More on Concordia: Homes For Sale | Data
Concordia is a city in and the county seat of Cloud County, Kansas, United States. It is located along the Republican River in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains in north-central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,395. Concordia is home of the Cloud County Community College and the Nazareth Convent and Academy.

2. Abilene

Abilene, Kansas

Population: 6,826
Services: 93
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 97
Housing: 63
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 87
More on Abilene: Homes For Sale | Data
Abilene (pronounced /æblin/) is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,844. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is located in Abilene.

3. Junction City

Junction City, Kansas

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,150
Services: 93
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 97
Housing: 76
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 87
More on Junction City: Homes For Sale | Data
Junction City is a city and county seat of Geary County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 23,353. Fort Riley, a major U.S. Army post, is nearby.

4. Coffeyville

Coffeyville, Kansas

Population: 10,219
Services: 91
Groceries: 102
Health Care: 94
Housing: 39
Transportation: 81
Utilities: 94
More on Coffeyville: Homes For Sale | Data
Coffeyville is a city in southeastern Montgomery County, Kansas, United States, located along the Verdigris River in the state’s southeastern region. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,295. It is the most populous city of Montgomery County and with its southeast Kansas location is located in the Tulsa, Oklahoma media market. The town of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma is located approximately 1 mile south of the city, existing as a separate political entity immediately south of the state line.

5. Manhattan

Manhattan, Kansas

Population: 52,988
Services: 93
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 97
Housing: 94
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 87
More on Manhattan: Homes For Sale | Data
Manhattan is a city in northeastern Kansas in the United States at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. It is the county seat of Riley County, although it extends into Pottawatomie County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 52,281.

6. Parsons

Parsons, Kansas

Population: 10,506
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 40
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Parsons: Homes For Sale | Data
Parsons is a city in Labette County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,500. It is the most populous city of Labette County, and is the second-most populous city in the southeastern region of Kansas.

7. Iola

Iola, Kansas

Population: 5,715
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 40
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Iola: Homes For Sale | Data
Iola (pronounced /aol/) is a city situated along the Neosho River in the northwestern part of Allen County, located in Southeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,704. Iola is the county seat of Allen County. It is named in honor of Iola Colborn.

8. Chanute

Chanute, Kansas

Population: 9,138
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 42
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Chanute: Homes For Sale | Data
Chanute /tnut/ ( listen) is a city in Neosho County, Kansas, United States. Founded on January 1, 1873, it was named after railroad engineer and aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,119. Chanute is home of Neosho County Community College.

9. Fort Scott

Fort Scott, Kansas

Population: 8,045
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 46
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Fort Scott: Homes For Sale | Data
Fort Scott is a city in and the county seat of Bourbon County, Kansas, United States, 88 miles (142 km) south of Kansas City, on the Marmaton River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,087. It is the home of the Fort Scott National Historic Site and the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Fort Scott is named for Gen. Winfield Scott.

10. Independence

Independence, Kansas

Population: 9,428
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 47
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Independence: Homes For Sale | Data
Independence is a city in and the county seat of Montgomery County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,483. It was named in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Kansas, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Kansas

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Concordia 1 5,359 93 90 97
Abilene 2 6,826 93 90 97
Junction City 3 23,150 93 90 97
Coffeyville 4 10,219 91 102 94
Manhattan 5 52,988 93 90 97
Parsons 6 10,506 94 89 90
Iola 7 5,715 94 89 90
Chanute 8 9,138 94 89 90
Fort Scott 9 8,045 94 89 90
Independence 10 9,428 94 89 90
Pittsburg 11 20,197 94 89 90
Ulysses 12 6,007 102 87 92
Colby 13 5,347 102 87 92
Dodge City 14 27,207 102 87 92
Liberal 15 20,687 102 87 92
Atchison 16 10,970 103 89 99
Garden City 17 26,506 102 87 92
Kansas City 18 145,605 103 89 99
Arkansas City 19 12,350 93 96 94
Emporia 20 25,245 104 98 92
Hays 21 20,586 102 87 92
Topeka 22 127,312 104 98 92
Paola 23 5,565 103 89 99
Leavenworth 24 35,434 103 89 99
Ottawa 25 12,596 104 98 92
Wellington 26 8,123 98 94 99
Bonner Springs 27 7,277 103 89 99
Eudora 28 6,406 103 89 99
Winfield 29 12,335 98 94 99
Mission 30 9,414 103 89 99
Spring Hill 31 5,340 103 89 99
Merriam 32 11,090 103 89 99
Roeland Park 33 6,797 103 89 99
Gardner 34 19,117 103 89 99
El Dorado 35 12,988 98 94 99
De Soto 36 5,730 103 89 99
Pratt 37 6,834 98 94 103
Newton 38 19,036 98 94 99
Lansing 39 11,260 103 89 99
Great Bend 40 15,877 98 94 103
Augusta 41 9,231 98 94 99
Olathe 42 125,902 103 89 99
Shawnee 43 62,106 103 89 99
Lenexa 44 48,300 103 89 99
Overland Park 45 174,503 103 89 99
Lawrence 46 87,963 104 98 92
Haysville 47 10,622 98 94 99
Prairie Village 48 21,633 103 89 99
Leawood 49 31,955 103 89 99
Park City 50 7,192 98 94 99
Wichita 51 381,176 98 94 99
Mulvane 52 5,957 98 94 99
Hutchinson 53 41,939 98 94 103
Valley Center 54 6,730 98 94 99
Derby 55 22,555 98 94 99
Salina 56 47,605 98 94 103
Andover 57 11,727 98 94 99
Bel Aire 58 6,747 98 94 99

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