These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Kansas


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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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:

  1. Leawood
  2. Prairie Village (Photos)
  3. Bel Aire
  4. Overland Park (Photos)
  5. Andover
  6. Lenexa
  7. Olathe (Photos)
  8. Shawnee (Photos)
  9. Lansing (Photos)
  10. Lawrence (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Concordia is the most affordable city in Kansas.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Kansas.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Leawood, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Leawood

Source: Google Maps

Population: 32,842
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 200
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 93

2. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,730
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 119
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 93

3. Bel Aire

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,923
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 98
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 115

4. Overland Park

Overland Park, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,945
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 118
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 93

5. Andover

Source: Google Maps

Population: 12,113
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 97
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 115

6. Lenexa

Source: Google Maps

Population: 49,573
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 115
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 93

7. Olathe

Olathe, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,913
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 104
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 93

8. Shawnee

Shawnee, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,597
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 104
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 93

9. Lansing

Lansing, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,535
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 103
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 93

10. Lawrence

Lawrence, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 90,194
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 96
Healthcare Index: 92
Transportation Index: 87
Utilities Index: 92

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Concordia
  2. Coffeyville
  3. Iola

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Kansas

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Leawood 1 32,842 103 89 99 200 87 93
Prairie Village 2 21,730 103 89 99 119 87 93
Bel Aire 3 6,923 98 94 99 98 87 115
Overland Park 4 178,945 103 89 99 118 87 93
Andover 5 12,113 98 94 99 97 87 115
Lenexa 6 49,573 103 89 99 115 87 93
Olathe 7 129,913 103 89 99 104 87 93
Shawnee 8 63,597 103 89 99 104 87 93
Lansing 9 11,535 103 89 99 103 87 93
Lawrence 10 90,194 104 98 92 96 87 92
De Soto 11 5,888 103 89 99 96 87 93
Gardner 12 20,128 103 89 99 93 87 93
Derby 13 23,419 98 94 99 84 87 115
Roeland Park 14 6,799 103 89 99 92 87 93
Merriam 15 11,191 103 89 99 90 87 93
Spring Hill 16 5,618 103 89 99 88 87 93
Mission 17 9,451 103 89 99 88 87 93
Eudora 18 6,152 103 89 99 85 87 93
Valley Center 19 6,449 98 94 99 76 87 115
Bonner Springs 20 7,420 103 89 99 84 87 93
Manhattan 21 55,112 93 90 97 94 86 87
Hays 22 20,886 102 87 92 77 95 102
Mulvane 23 6,000 98 94 99 71 87 115
Wichita 24 385,518 98 94 99 68 87 115
Leavenworth 25 35,738 103 89 99 75 87 93
Park City 26 7,194 98 94 99 67 87 115
Paola 27 5,589 103 89 99 72 87 93
Haysville 28 11,235 98 94 99 66 87 115
Mcpherson 29 13,205 98 94 103 68 88 93
Salina 30 47,894 98 94 103 66 88 93
Junction City 31 24,691 93 90 97 76 86 87
Augusta 32 9,239 98 94 99 62 87 115
Newton 33 19,144 98 94 99 61 87 115
Ottawa 34 12,548 104 98 92 65 87 92
El Dorado 35 12,931 98 94 99 56 87 115
Garden City 36 26,924 102 87 92 62 95 102
Topeka 37 127,660 104 98 92 60 87 92
Winfield 38 12,324 98 94 99 52 87 115
Kansas City 39 147,598 103 89 99 60 87 93
Hutchinson 40 41,946 98 94 103 55 88 93
Liberal 41 20,846 102 87 92 55 95 102
Dodge City 42 27,950 102 87 92 54 95 102
Emporia 43 24,787 104 98 92 54 87 92
Wellington 44 8,028 98 94 99 48 87 115
Abilene 45 6,729 93 90 97 63 86 87
Pittsburg 46 20,336 94 89 90 53 87 119
Colby 47 5,411 102 87 92 51 95 102
Atchison 48 10,920 103 89 99 52 87 93
Ulysses 49 6,010 102 87 92 50 95 102
Great Bend 50 15,942 98 94 103 48 88 93
Pratt 51 6,889 98 94 103 47 88 93
Arkansas City 52 12,316 93 96 94 45 93 103
Independence 53 9,282 94 89 90 47 87 119
Fort Scott 54 7,957 94 89 90 46 87 119
Chanute 55 9,194 94 89 90 42 87 119
Parsons 56 10,307 94 89 90 40 87 119
Iola 57 5,650 94 89 90 40 87 119
Coffeyville 58 10,034 91 102 94 39 81 94
Concordia 59 5,327 93 90 97 43 86 87

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