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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.
At the end of the day, here's the set of the 10 richest places in Kansas for 2020:
- Bel Aire (>Homes For Sale)
- Leawood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Prairie Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Valley Center (>Homes For Sale)
- Lenexa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Andover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lansing (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Olathe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mission (>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.
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The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas For 2020
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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
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:
2nd Poorest: Iola
3rd Poorest: Emporia
For more Kansas reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Kansas