Richest Cities In Kansas For 2020


We analyzed 61 places in Kansas to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Kansas.

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Bel Aire, Leawood, Prairie Village: These cities aren't just some of the best places to live in Kansas. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Sunflower State.

Bel Aire in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $95,250 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.068961022031026%.

If you're thinking of moving to one of these towns, you'll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Kansas share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 61 places in Kansas with more than 5,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Kansas.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Kansas:

The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas For 2020

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9
/10

Population: 7,671
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $95,250
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.1%
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate | 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.

Leawood, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,570
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $149,736
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leawood 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.

Review Of Leawood by HomeSnacks User

My parents moved from Wichita to Overland Park then to Leawood. Leawood is a lovely city, near the Plaza. Thinking of moving there- I hope you are financially successful and secure.

Prairie Village, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,048
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $88,635
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
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.

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7
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Population: 6,747
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $70,962
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Valley Center: Real Estate | 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.

Lenexa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 53,051
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $84,370
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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.

Andover, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 12,862
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $88,960
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Andover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Andover by HomeSnacks User

We moved to Andover 14 years ago because of this kind of hype. Then my grandkids were diagnosed with adhd and autism. Andover schools are great for most kids, but if your child has special needs expect that child to be bullied... by teachers and counselors. The six years it took for the school to admit they didn't have a clue how to help my autistic granddaughter were a nightmare for us

Four years later with a great teacher in Douglas she still has great anxiety. The grandchild with adhd finally took matters into her own hands and asked to change to online school. I think that's the only thing reason she was able to graduate.

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,835
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $84,917
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lansing is a city situated along the Missouri River in the eastern part of Leavenworth County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,265. It is the second most populous city of Leavenworth County and is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Derby, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,768
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $71,909
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Derby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 135,986
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $85,318
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Olathe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Olathe is a city in, and is the county seat of, Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is the fourth most populous city in Kansas, with a population of 125,872 persons as of 2010. Olathe is also the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the northwest, and Gardner to the southwest.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 9,437
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $60,875
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Kansas For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Kansas
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 61 places with more than 5,000 people in Kansas, we ranked each place from 1 to 61 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Bel Aire, crowned the "Richest City In Kansas For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 61 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Kansas For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Kansas, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Kansas.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Kansas, according to data:

Poorest: Coffeyville
2nd Poorest: Iola
3rd Poorest: Emporia

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Kansas

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Bel Aire 1.33 $95,250
2 Leawood 3.33 $149,736
3 Prairie Village 4.33 $88,635
4 Valley Center 7.0 $70,962
5 Lenexa 9.0 $84,370
6 Andover 10.0 $88,960
7 Lansing 12.0 $84,917
8 Derby 12.0 $71,909
9 Olathe 12.0 $85,318
10 Mission 12.33 $60,875
11 Spring Hill 13.0 $72,384
12 Overland Park 13.33 $82,651
13 Tonganoxie 13.33 $73,798
14 Park City 15.0 $69,921
15 Shawnee 15.33 $84,507
16 Gardner 15.67 $75,985
17 Mulvane 17.0 $64,388
18 Paola 19.0 $51,270
19 Mcpherson 21.0 $54,804
20 Haysville 21.33 $54,494
21 Roeland Park 21.67 $70,514
22 Merriam 22.0 $59,643
23 De Soto 22.0 $52,364
24 Colby 23.67 $50,265
25 Eudora 24.67 $79,427
26 Basehor 27.33 $77,895
27 Newton 28.0 $50,008
28 Leavenworth 30.33 $57,982
29 Pratt 32.0 $50,771
30 Bonner Springs 32.33 $59,333
31 Hays 33.33 $48,299
32 Salina 33.33 $48,079
33 Abilene 33.33 $45,184
34 Garden City 35.0 $54,305
35 Ulysses 36.67 $52,986
36 Junction City 38.0 $51,198
37 Augusta 38.33 $49,432
38 Ottawa 39.33 $47,334
39 Wichita 40.0 $50,867
40 Dodge City 40.0 $51,903
41 Hutchinson 40.33 $46,661
42 Lawrence 40.67 $50,429
43 Topeka 41.67 $46,890
44 Fort Scott 42.33 $32,576
45 Liberal 42.67 $47,096
46 Great Bend 42.67 $46,171
47 Wellington 43.33 $44,688
48 Winfield 43.33 $44,498
49 Manhattan 46.67 $49,279
50 Concordia 46.67 $41,074
51 Independence 47.33 $40,523
52 Parsons 48.67 $41,653
53 Pittsburg 51.33 $35,525
54 El Dorado 51.33 $43,331
55 Atchison 51.67 $43,604
56 Arkansas City 53.0 $40,573
57 Kansas City 54.0 $43,573
58 Chanute 54.33 $36,288
59 Emporia 55.0 $39,063
60 Iola 56.67 $31,218
61 Coffeyville 58.67 $35,083

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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One thought on “Richest Cities In Kansas For 2020

  1. In your riches cities in Kansas please check out one other site that I believe you will find rather interesting. Westphalia KS. population I guess12 to 18 people. Houses (if livable) probably average $10,000. But check out the bank. You will be amazed at it’s size. The history behind it would give you an interesting read.

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