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Thinking of picking up everything and moving to Kansas?
Already live here and trying to find the right place to live?
Well, look no further than our set of the best places to live in Kansas for 2019 -- we've been doing these rankings since 2015.
How do you pick the best places to live in what many agree is the best darn state in the nation? If you do a survey, you'll most likely get opinions based emotions.
That's why we used science -- data from the Census and FBI on things people care about in a place in Kansas like low crime, quality of life, and friendly neighborhoods. After all, the data never lies.
After analyzing everything from weather and amenities to crime and education, we've come up with the following list as the best places to live in Kansas. Read on below to see how we calculated the results and where your hometown ranked. Hint: If you live in Johnson County, consider yourself lucky.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Kansas for 2019:
- Leawood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bel Aire (Homes For Sale)
- Overland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- McPherson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Andover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Colby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lenexa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Olathe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mulvane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
What city is the best place to live in Kansas for 2019? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, Leawood ranks as the best place to live in Kansas for 2019 amongst the 53 places above 5,000 people.
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Leawood is the most desirable, according to science and data.
But as most Kansas residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Kansas For 2019
Perhaps what makes Leawood so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn't all that makes Leawood great. They also have the highest median income and the 42nd shortest commute time.
Bel Aire is by far one of the best places to live in Kansas: the math proves it! This city has the 1st lowest unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income in all of Kansas.
Plus, the median home values are the 20th highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 1st lowest in the state, making Bel Aire a safe and great place to live.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Overland Park.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 16th lowest in Kansas and the median income comes in at $74,789.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Let's take a look at why Derby is a great place to call home for 2019.
There's low crime in Derby, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.5% unemployment rate).
You can make Derby your home for only $156,900 which won't be too hard on a $68,965 household salary.
The Town of Mcpherson consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let's see why Mcpherson ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Mcpherson are the 22nd most expensive in the state of Kansas, with the average home worth a whopping $135,800. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Mcpherson if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Mcpherson residents have the 2highest income in the state, and the 20th lowest crime numbers in Kansas.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Andover is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don't hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Andover still holds its own in in Kansas.
Colby broke into the top ten best places to live in Kansas on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 2nd overall for its low unemployment rate and the 26th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 1st shortest average commute time of any place in Kansas.
Lenexa has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Lenexa has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.2% and lowering. And the Lenexa police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 13th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?
Olathe comes in at a close 9th. They have the 19th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 5th highest median income as well, which means the people in Olathe are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 5th best in the state.
Mulvane has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Mulvane had the 12th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $68,560.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Kansas
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Topeka with a population of 127,472 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 5,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 53 cities, 140 towns, and 412 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Kansas
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Kansas across a number of criteria from one to 53, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Kansas".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Kansas? That would be Leawood.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Kansas.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Leawood at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Kansas
If you're looking at areas in Kansas with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Leawood made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Kansas for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Kansas
- Mission Hills (Pop. 3,582)
- Westwood (Pop. 1,747)
- Victoria (Pop. 1,316)
- Fairway (Pop. 3,964)
- Lindsborg (Pop. 3,417)
- St. Marys (Pop. 2,793)
- Silver Lake (Pop. 1,659)
- North Newton (Pop. 1,901)
- Rose Hill (Pop. 3,915)
- Colwich (Pop. 1,305)
Best Small Towns To Live In Kansas
- Westwood Hills (Pop. 414)
- Maple Hill (Pop. 695)
- Tipton (Pop. 255)
- Spearville (Pop. 964)
- Glen Elder (Pop. 521)
- Lake Quivira (Pop. 987)
- Eastborough (Pop. 742)
- Assaria (Pop. 471)
- Andale (Pop. 790)
- Willowbrook (Pop. 94)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Kansas according to the data:
- Parsons (Pop. 10,111)
- Independence (Pop. 9,084)
- Coffeyville (Pop. 9,796)
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