These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Kansas For 2018


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 for 2018:

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

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
More on Bel Aire: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Andover, Kansas

Population: 11,727
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 97
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
More on Andover: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 47,605
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 103
Housing: 66
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 93
More on Salina: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Derby, Kansas

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Population: 22,555
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 84
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
More on Derby: Homes For Sale | Data
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
More on Valley Center: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 41,939
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 103
Housing: 55
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 93
More on Hutchinson: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Mulvane, Kansas

Population: 5,957
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 71
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
More on Mulvane: Homes For Sale | Data
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

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Population: 381,176
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 99
Housing: 68
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 115
More on Wichita: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Public domain

Population: 31,955
Services: 103
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 99
Housing: 200
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 93
More on Leawood: Homes For Sale | Data
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
More on Park City: Homes For Sale | Data
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

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

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