These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas For 2018


We analyzed over 60 places in Kansas to determine where the 1% live.

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Prairie Village, Bel Aire, Leawood: 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.

Prairie Village in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $83,200 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.2%.

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 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 60 places in Kansas with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Kansas for 2018:

  1. Prairie Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Bel Aire (Homes For Sale)
  3. Leawood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Andover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Mulvane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lansing (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Overland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Basehor (Homes For Sale)
  9. Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Olathe (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 the best places to live in Kansas or the poorest.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Kansas For 2018

Map Of The Richest Cities 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 2012-2016 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 60 places with more than 5,000 people in Kansas, we ranked each place from 1 to 60 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, Prairie Village, crowned the “Richest Place In Kansas For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 60 places.

1. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, Kansas

Population: 21,824
Median Income: $83,200
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Prairie Village: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Bel Aire


Population: 7,214
Median Income: $80,324
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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.

3. Leawood

Leawood, Kansas

Source: Public domain

Population: 33,763
Median Income: $147,722
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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.

4. Andover

Andover, Kansas

Population: 12,477
Median Income: $85,230
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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.

5. Mulvane

Mulvane, Kansas

Population: 5,461
Median Income: $68,560
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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.

6. Lansing

Lansing, Kansas

Population: 11,706
Median Income: $83,356
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Lansing: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Overland Park

Overland Park, Kansas

Population: 183,775
Median Income: $74,789
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Overland Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Overland Park /ovrlnd prk/ 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.

8. Basehor


Population: 5,167
Median Income: $78,955
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Basehor: Homes For Sale | Data
Basehor is a city in Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States and is a suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,613.

9. Derby

Derby, Kansas

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,847
Median Income: $68,965
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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.

10. Olathe

Olathe, Kansas

Population: 132,787
Median Income: $79,691
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Olathe: Homes For Sale | Data
Olathe (/ole/ oh-LAY-th) 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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Kansas For 2018

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: Emporia
3rd Poorest: Kansas City

For more Kansas reading, check out:

  • 10 Most Diverse Cities In Kansas
  • 10 Safest Places In Kansas
  • 10 Most Dangerous Places In Kansas
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Kansas

    Rank City RichScore Median Income
    1 Prairie Village 4.17 $83,200
    2 Bel Aire 4.5 $80,324
    3 Leawood 5.5 $147,722
    4 Andover 6.67 $85,230
    5 Mulvane 7.5 $68,560
    6 Lansing 10.17 $83,356
    7 Overland Park 11.83 $74,789
    8 Basehor 12.0 $78,955
    9 Derby 12.17 $68,965
    10 Olathe 12.5 $79,691
    11 Valley Center 12.67 $58,384
    12 Lenexa 12.67 $78,798
    13 Shawnee 13.33 $79,048
    14 Mcpherson 14.0 $54,057
    15 Mission 14.5 $53,655
    16 Merriam 15.5 $57,281
    17 Gardner 16.5 $70,309
    18 Spring Hill 16.83 $66,825
    19 Roeland Park 17.33 $60,771
    20 Colby 18.5 $48,621
    21 Paola 23.17 $49,784
    22 Abilene 23.5 $46,598
    23 Haysville 24.5 $51,660
    24 Leavenworth 27.0 $55,702
    25 Newton 29.0 $46,266
    26 Garden City 29.33 $48,743
    27 Park City 29.67 $58,622
    28 Ulysses 30.5 $54,157
    29 Bonner Springs 30.83 $58,601
    30 Hays 32.0 $45,795
    31 Salina 32.83 $45,896
    32 Eudora 34.33 $56,766
    33 De Soto 34.33 $52,077
    34 Lawrence 34.83 $47,938
    35 Augusta 35.0 $47,121
    36 Wichita 37.0 $46,775
    37 Hutchinson 37.83 $42,646
    38 Fort Scott 37.83 $33,350
    39 Winfield 38.17 $41,297
    40 Junction City 39.33 $45,910
    41 Pratt 39.83 $42,283
    42 Topeka 41.0 $43,740
    43 Manhattan 41.33 $45,992
    44 Ottawa 42.0 $42,404
    45 El Dorado 42.67 $42,661
    46 Concordia 43.17 $36,984
    47 Chanute 43.17 $37,887
    48 Liberal 44.33 $46,910
    49 Dodge City 44.67 $45,963
    50 Great Bend 45.67 $41,174
    51 Iola 47.0 $38,096
    52 Wellington 48.67 $41,703
    53 Independence 49.17 $39,271
    54 Parsons 51.0 $34,972
    55 Pittsburg 52.5 $33,159
    56 Arkansas City 52.83 $38,212
    57 Atchison 53.33 $41,696
    58 Kansas City 53.83 $39,536
    59 Emporia 55.0 $36,888
    60 Coffeyville 59.0 $33,204

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    One thought on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas For 2018

    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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