These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Kansas


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 59 largest places in Kansas, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Concordia
  2. Coffeyville
  3. Iola
  4. Parsons
  5. Chanute
  6. Fort Scott
  7. Independence
  8. Arkansas City
  9. Pratt
  10. Great Bend

So listen up Leawood as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Sunflower State

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 59 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,359
Services: 93
Groceries: 90
Healthcare: 97
Housing: 43
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 87

2. Coffeyville

Coffeyville, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,219
Services: 91
Groceries: 102
Healthcare: 94
Housing: 39
Transportation: 81
Utiltiies: 94

3. Iola

Iola, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,715
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 40
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

4. Parsons

Parsons, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,506
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 40
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

5. Chanute

Chanute, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,138
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 42
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

6. Fort Scott


Population: 8,045
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 46
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

7. Independence

Independence, Kansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,428
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 47
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

8. Arkansas City

Arkansas City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,350
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Healthcare: 94
Housing: 45
Transportation: 93
Utiltiies: 103

9. Pratt

Pratt, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,834
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 47
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

10. Great Bend

Great Bend, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,877
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 48
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Kansas

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Concordia 1 5,359 93 90 97
Coffeyville 2 10,219 91 102 94
Iola 3 5,715 94 89 90
Parsons 4 10,506 94 89 90
Chanute 5 9,138 94 89 90
Fort Scott 6 8,045 94 89 90
Independence 7 9,428 94 89 90
Arkansas City 8 12,350 93 96 94
Pratt 9 6,834 98 94 103
Great Bend 10 15,877 98 94 103
Ulysses 11 6,007 102 87 92
Colby 12 5,347 102 87 92
Pittsburg 13 20,197 94 89 90
Atchison 14 10,970 103 89 99
Wellington 15 8,123 98 94 99
Abilene 16 6,826 93 90 97
Dodge City 17 27,207 102 87 92
Emporia 18 25,245 104 98 92
Liberal 19 20,687 102 87 92
Hutchinson 20 41,939 98 94 103
Winfield 21 12,335 98 94 99
Kansas City 22 145,605 103 89 99
Topeka 23 127,312 104 98 92
Garden City 24 26,506 102 87 92
El Dorado 25 12,988 98 94 99
Newton 26 19,036 98 94 99
Ottawa 27 12,596 104 98 92
Junction City 28 23,150 93 90 97
Augusta 29 9,231 98 94 99
Salina 30 47,605 98 94 103
Mcpherson 31 13,194 98 94 103
Haysville 32 10,622 98 94 99
Paola 33 5,565 103 89 99
Park City 34 7,192 98 94 99
Leavenworth 35 35,434 103 89 99
Wichita 36 381,176 98 94 99
Mulvane 37 5,957 98 94 99
Hays 38 20,586 102 87 92
Manhattan 39 52,988 93 90 97
Valley Center 40 6,730 98 94 99
Bonner Springs 41 7,277 103 89 99
Eudora 42 6,406 103 89 99
Mission 43 9,414 103 89 99
Spring Hill 44 5,340 103 89 99
Merriam 45 11,090 103 89 99
Roeland Park 46 6,797 103 89 99
Derby 47 22,555 98 94 99
Gardner 48 19,117 103 89 99
De Soto 49 5,730 103 89 99
Lawrence 50 87,963 104 98 92
Lansing 51 11,260 103 89 99
Shawnee 52 62,106 103 89 99
Olathe 53 125,902 103 89 99
Andover 54 11,727 98 94 99
Lenexa 55 48,300 103 89 99
Bel Aire 56 6,747 98 94 99
Overland Park 57 174,503 103 89 99
Prairie Village 58 21,633 103 89 99
Leawood 59 31,955 103 89 99

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