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.
- Concordia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Abilene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Junction City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Coffeyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Manhattan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Parsons (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Iola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chanute (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fort Scott (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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 some more reading about Kansas and the cheapest places in the country:
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:
- Health Insurance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Kansas 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.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Kansas according to the data:
- Bel Aire
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- 10 Safest Places In Kansas
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- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Kansas
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Kansas