The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Kansas For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in Kansas.

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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 cities and 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 60 largest places in Kansas, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

So where is the cheapest place to live in Kansas? That would be Ulysses.

So listen up Manhattan (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 some more reading about Kansas and the cheapest places in the country:

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Kansas For 2019

Ulysses, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,892
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.7x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 88.3x (6th cheapest)
More On Ulysses: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Ulysses is a city in and the county seat of Grant County, Kansas, United States. It is named after Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,161.

The median income in Ulysses comes in at $57,027 and the median home value is $99,000 for 2019.

Pratt, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,841
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 13)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.7x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 69.4x (22nd cheapest)
More On Pratt: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pratt is a city in and the county seat of Pratt County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,835. Pratt is home to Pratt Community College.

The median income in Pratt comes in at $48,869 and the median home value is $82,600 for 2019.

Mulvane, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,413
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (10th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 112.5x (1st cheapest)
More On Mulvane: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Mulvane is a city in Sedgwick and Sumner counties in the U.S. state of Kansas and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,111.

The median income in Mulvane comes in at $64,715 and the median home value is $122,700 for 2019.

Review Of Mulvane by HomeSnacks User

I began my time in Mulvane at grade 5. I graduated here with a 2.9 GPA which I could have done better. The town is a small town, people are friendly, and everyone knows your name. I love that this town is full of country people, people that don’t do “city” life.

The bad is that it is a small town, when there is some sort of drama, the whole town will know in a matter of moments. On the flip side, when you are in times of the need, Mulvane will buck down and help out a fellow Mulvanian.

Parsons, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 9,964
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.6x (2nd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.1x (39th cheapest)
More On Parsons: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Parsons comes in at $40,457 and the median home value is $66,000 for 2019.

Coffeyville, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 9,706
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.5x (1st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 62.0x (45th cheapest)
More On Coffeyville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Coffeyville comes in at $36,080 and the median home value is $52,900 for 2019.

Review Of Coffeyville by HomeSnacks User

I live in Coffeyville, Ks We have a refinery that pays over$70,000.- $125,000 a year salary, We have John Deere MFG plant that Pays $60,000 plus, Our City is still union and pays in the $40,000 range,

Most jobs in the area are low to med income. However our housing was washed away with a flood in 2007. We are within 35 minutes from Bartlesville, 45 minutes from Owasso, OK and Tulsa, OK or one hour from Joplin, MO.

We have our highways lined with the US Flags and a highly ranked Community College in all sports.

Chanute, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,146
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.7x (5th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.9x (40th cheapest)
More On Chanute: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Chanute comes in at $37,118 and the median home value is $64,700 for 2019.

Concordia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 5,198
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 10)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.8x (9th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.2x (34th cheapest)
More On Concordia: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Concordia comes in at $41,089 and the median home value is $76,000 for 2019.

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,727
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.0x (17th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 68.3x (27th cheapest)
More On Atchison: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Atchison is a city and county seat of Atchison County, Kansas, United States, and situated along the Missouri River. As of the 2010 census, its population was 11,021. The city is named in honor of David Rice Atchison, United States senator from Missouri, and was the original eastern terminus of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Atchison was the birthplace of aviator Amelia Earhart, and the Amelia Earhart Festival is held annually in July. Atchison is also home of Benedictine College, a Catholic liberal-arts college.

The median income in Atchison comes in at $41,268 and the median home value is $82,900 for 2019.

Winfield, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,180
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (11th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 67.1x (31st cheapest)
More On Winfield: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Winfield is a city and county seat of Cowley County, Kansas, United States. It is situated along the Walnut River in South Central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,301 and second most populous city of Cowley County.

The median income in Winfield comes in at $46,371 and the median home value is $88,100 for 2019.

Colby, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,365
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.2x (30th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 97.3x (4th cheapest)
More On Colby: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Colby is a city in and the county seat of Thomas County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,387.

The median income in Colby comes in at $47,946 and the median home value is $106,500 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Sunflower State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Kansas
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 60 places in Kansas that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in Kansas according to the data is Ulysses.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Kansas Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Kansas, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in kansas for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Kansas according to the data:

  1. Manhattan
  2. Lawrence
  3. Junction City

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Affordable Places To Live In Kansas?

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Ulysses 10.33 5,892 1.7x 88.3x
2 Pratt 11.67 6,841 1.7x 69.4x
3 Mulvane 14.67 5,413 1.9x 112.5x
4 Parsons 15.0 9,964 1.6x 64.1x
5 Coffeyville 15.67 9,706 1.5x 62.0x
6 Chanute 16.0 9,146 1.7x 63.9x
7 Concordia 16.83 5,198 1.8x 66.2x
8 Atchison 18.33 10,727 2.0x 68.3x
9 Winfield 18.67 12,180 1.9x 67.1x
10 Colby 20.0 5,365 2.2x 97.3x

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