These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Kansas For 2018


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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Kansas does this very well. Families love the Sunflower State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Kansas that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Kansas for 2018:

  1. Bel Aire
  2. Andover
  3. Salina (Photos)
  4. Derby
  5. Valley Center
  6. Hutchinson (Photos)
  7. Mulvane
  8. Wichita (Photos)
  9. Leawood
  10. Park City

So hopefully Concordia (the cheapest place to live in Kansas) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Bel Aire


Population: 6,747
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 98
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
Bel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,769.

2. Andover


Population: 11,727
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 97
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
Andover is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,791.

3. Salina

Salina, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,605
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 103
Housing: 66
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 93
Salina /slan/ is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census[update], the city population was 47,707. Located in one of the world’s largest wheat-producing areas, Salina is a regional trade center for north-central Kansas. It is home to multiple colleges.

4. Derby


Population: 22,555
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 84
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
Derby is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States and the largest suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,158.

5. Valley Center


Population: 6,730
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 76
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
Valley Center is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,822.

6. Hutchinson

Hutchinson, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,939
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 103
Housing: 55
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 93
Hutchinson is the largest city and county seat in Reno County, Kansas, United States, and located on the Arkansas River. It has been home to salt mines since 1887, thus its nickname of ‘Salt City’, but locals call it ‘Hutch’. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 42,080.

7. Mulvane


Population: 5,957
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 71
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
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.

8. Wichita

Wichita, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 381,176
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 68
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
Wichita (/wtt/ WITCH-i-taw) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area whose estimated population in 2015 was 644,610. As of 2016, the city of Wichita had an estimated population of 389,902.

9. Leawood

Leawood, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,955
Services: 103
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 99
Housing: 200
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 93
Leawood /liwd/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,867.

10. Park City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,192
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 67
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
Park City is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,297.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Kansas that have the highest cost of living, with Bel Aire ranking as the most expensive city in the Sunflower State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Kansas:

  1. Concordia
  2. Abilene
  3. Junction City

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Kansas

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

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