These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Kansas For 2019


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

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

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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 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Kansas? That would be Manhattan.

So hopefully Ulysses (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 some more reading about Kansas and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Kansas For 2019

Manhattan, KS

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Population: 55,427
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.0x (4th most expensive)
More on Manhattan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Manhattan comes in at $47,632 and the median home value is $193,900 for 2019.

Lawrence, KS

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7.5
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Population: 93,954
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.1x (6th most expensive)
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lawrence is the county seat of Douglas County and sixth largest city in Kansas. It is located in the northeastern sector of the state, next to Interstate 70, between the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 87,643. Lawrence is a college town and the home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University.

The median income in Lawrence comes in at $49,297 and the median home value is $183,700 for 2019.

Junction City, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 24,336
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.8x (2nd most expensive)
More on Junction City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Junction City comes in at $47,217 and the median home value is $136,100 for 2019.

Prairie Village, KS

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10
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Population: 21,932
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.6x (30th most expensive)
More on Prairie Village: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Prairie Village 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 21,447.

The median income in Prairie Village comes in at $84,106 and the median home value is $243,800 for 2019.

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Population: 9,445
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.9x (16th most expensive)
More on Mission: Real Estate | Data

Mission is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The population was 9,323 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Mission comes in at $55,690 and the median home value is $161,400 for 2019.

De Soto, KS

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6
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Population: 6,042
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 70.6x (42nd most expensive)
More on De Soto: Real Estate | Data | Photos

De Soto is a city in Johnson and Leavenworth counties in the U.S. state of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The vast majority of the city, 11.13 sq. mi., lies within Johnson County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,720, and the 2015 census estimate is 6,074. The area code is 913, and the two zip codes are 66018 and 66019.

The median income in De Soto comes in at $51,461 and the median home value is $205,500 for 2019.

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 186,147
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 72.2x (45th most expensive)
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it is also the second most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 173,372.

The median income in Overland Park comes in at $78,217 and the median home value is $248,100 for 2019.

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Population: 6,810
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.5x (23rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.7x (12th most expensive)
More on Roeland Park: Real Estate | Data

Roeland Park 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 6,731.

The median income in Roeland Park comes in at $64,757 and the median home value is $159,900 for 2019.

Hays, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 20,938
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 68.0x (34th most expensive)
More on Hays: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hays is a city in and the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, United States. The largest city in northwestern Kansas, it is the economic and cultural center of the region. It is also a college town, home to Fort Hays State University. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,510.

The median income in Hays comes in at $45,502 and the median home value is $167,000 for 2019.

Lenexa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 52,030
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 77.9x (50th most expensive)
More on Lenexa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lenexa 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 48,190. It is bordered by the cities of Shawnee to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the west and Olathe to the south.

The median income in Lenexa comes in at $81,173 and the median home value is $240,300 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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 highest cost of living in Kansas according to the data is Manhattan.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Kansas For 2019

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

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

  1. Ulysses
  2. Pratt
  3. Mulvane

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Kansas

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Manhattan 4.67 55,427 4.1x 53.0x
2 Lawrence 6.67 93,954 3.7x 57.1x
3 Junction City 12.0 24,336 2.9x 48.8x
4 Prairie Village 13.33 21,932 2.9x 66.6x
5 Mission 13.67 9,445 2.9x 61.9x
6 De Soto 17.0 6,042 4.0x 70.6x
7 Overland Park 17.33 186,147 3.2x 72.2x
8 Roeland Park 17.67 6,810 2.5x 59.7x
9 Hays 17.67 20,938 3.7x 68.0x
10 Lenexa 20.0 52,030 3.0x 77.9x
11 Merriam 21.33 11,259 2.7x 66.5x
12 Pittsburg 21.67 20,278 2.7x 45.4x
13 Wichita 22.67 389,054 2.5x 63.9x
14 Leawood 23.67 34,195 2.8x 111.1x
15 Basehor 23.67 5,401 2.6x 72.3x
16 Salina 23.67 47,513 2.5x 63.7x
17 Bonner Springs 25.0 7,644 2.8x 71.1x
18 Spring Hill 25.33 6,064 2.7x 86.0x
19 Olathe 25.67 134,368 2.6x 86.8x
20 Shawnee 25.67 64,840 2.6x 89.1x
21 Garden City 26.67 26,900 2.5x 67.4x
22 Gardner 27.67 21,059 2.4x 69.6x
23 Emporia 27.83 24,636 2.4x 58.9x
24 Paola 28.0 5,583 2.5x 68.8x
25 Kansas City 28.17 151,042 2.1x 50.8x
26 Ottawa 28.17 12,321 2.2x 59.1x
27 Topeka 29.17 127,139 2.2x 61.4x
28 Dodge City 30.33 27,961 2.3x 65.4x
29 Haysville 31.5 11,489 1.9x 57.3x
30 Mcpherson 31.67 13,089 2.5x 72.3x
31 Andover 32.0 12,661 2.1x 71.4x
32 El Dorado 32.33 13,003 2.1x 60.3x
33 Leavenworth 33.0 35,958 2.0x 62.6x
34 Augusta 33.33 9,339 2.4x 69.4x
35 Iola 33.67 5,459 2.3x 62.2x
36 Liberal 34.0 20,607 2.1x 65.9x
37 Eudora 34.33 6,272 2.1x 74.0x
38 Derby 34.67 23,712 2.2x 77.9x
39 Lansing 35.67 11,771 2.1x 80.8x
40 Abilene 36.0 6,487 2.4x 75.9x
41 Park City 36.0 7,512 1.9x 65.5x
42 Fort Scott 36.33 7,822 2.0x 54.8x
43 Bel Aire 36.67 7,422 1.9x 69.0x
44 Hutchinson 37.0 41,316 2.1x 64.5x
45 Valley Center 38.0 6,507 2.1x 78.3x
46 Independence 39.33 8,983 1.8x 58.4x
47 Arkansas City 40.67 12,055 1.8x 58.6x
48 Great Bend 41.33 15,686 2.1x 67.6x
49 Wellington 41.5 7,878 1.8x 61.6x
50 Newton 41.83 18,972 2.0x 68.9x
51 Colby 42.0 5,365 2.2x 97.3x
52 Winfield 43.33 12,180 1.9x 67.1x
53 Atchison 43.67 10,727 2.0x 68.3x
54 Concordia 45.17 5,198 1.8x 66.2x
55 Chanute 46.0 9,146 1.7x 63.9x
56 Coffeyville 46.33 9,706 1.5x 62.0x
57 Parsons 47.0 9,964 1.6x 64.1x
58 Mulvane 47.33 5,413 1.9x 112.5x
59 Pratt 50.33 6,841 1.7x 69.4x
60 Ulysses 51.67 5,892 1.7x 88.3x

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