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 (Photos | 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.

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In kansas
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.

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 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 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 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 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

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Concordia 11.5 5,359 93 90 97
2 Abilene 15.17 6,826 93 90 97
3 Junction City 16.75 23,150 93 90 97
4 Coffeyville 18.42 10,219 91 102 94
5 Manhattan 18.5 52,988 93 90 97
6 Parsons 19.42 10,506 94 89 90
7 Iola 19.42 5,715 94 89 90
8 Chanute 19.67 9,138 94 89 90
9 Fort Scott 20.17 8,045 94 89 90
10 Independence 20.42 9,428 94 89 90
11 Pittsburg 21.67 20,197 94 89 90
12 Ulysses 25.08 6,007 102 87 92
13 Colby 25.25 5,347 102 87 92
14 Dodge City 26.0 27,207 102 87 92
15 Liberal 26.33 20,687 102 87 92
16 Atchison 27.25 10,970 103 89 99
17 Garden City 27.33 26,506 102 87 92
18 Kansas City 28.58 145,605 103 89 99
19 Arkansas City 28.58 12,350 93 96 94
20 Emporia 29.0 25,245 104 98 92
21 Hays 29.42 20,586 102 87 92
22 Topeka 29.83 127,312 104 98 92
23 Paola 30.5 5,565 103 89 99
24 Leavenworth 30.67 35,434 103 89 99
25 Ottawa 30.75 12,596 104 98 92
26 Wellington 31.08 8,123 98 94 99
27 Bonner Springs 31.42 7,277 103 89 99
28 Eudora 31.67 6,406 103 89 99
29 Winfield 31.75 12,335 98 94 99
30 Mission 31.92 9,414 103 89 99
31 Spring Hill 31.92 5,340 103 89 99
32 Merriam 32.17 11,090 103 89 99
33 Roeland Park 32.33 6,797 103 89 99
34 Gardner 32.5 19,117 103 89 99
35 El Dorado 32.83 12,988 98 94 99
36 De Soto 32.92 5,730 103 89 99
37 Pratt 33.25 6,834 98 94 103
38 Newton 33.33 19,036 98 94 99
39 Lansing 33.5 11,260 103 89 99
40 Great Bend 33.58 15,877 98 94 103
41 Augusta 33.58 9,231 98 94 99
42 Olathe 33.75 125,902 103 89 99
43 Shawnee 33.75 62,106 103 89 99
44 Lenexa 34.0 48,300 103 89 99
45 Overland Park 34.17 174,503 103 89 99
46 Lawrence 34.17 87,963 104 98 92
47 Haysville 34.25 10,622 98 94 99
48 Prairie Village 34.33 21,633 103 89 99
49 Leawood 34.5 31,955 103 89 99
50 Park City 34.5 7,192 98 94 99
51 Wichita 34.67 381,176 98 94 99
52 Mulvane 34.83 5,957 98 94 99
53 Hutchinson 35.08 41,939 98 94 103
54 Valley Center 35.42 6,730 98 94 99
55 Derby 35.92 22,555 98 94 99
56 Salina 36.75 47,605 98 94 103
57 Andover 37.67 11,727 98 94 99
58 Bel Aire 37.83 6,747 98 94 99

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