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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 2020 -- 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Kansas For 2020:
- Leawood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bel Aire (Homes For Sale)
- Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Overland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lenexa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- McPherson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Olathe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Valley Center (Homes For Sale)
- Gardner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mission (Homes For Sale)
What city is the best place to live in kansas for 2020? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, Leawood ranks as the best place to live in kansas for 2020 amongst the 54 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 2020
Leawood is another gem in the Sunflower State. The unemployment rate here is 6th lowest in the entire state at 2.4%. Other factors that make Leawood so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $447,100, and parents earn a combined $149,736 a year
There's nothing like the American dream.
Little Bel Aire has it made. It has the lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Kansas.
Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it's a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living
We'd recommend you start saving up!
We think the motto in Derby should be "Everything is greater in Derby," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Derby has some of the highest home values in Kansas, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Derby only has 4.9% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Derby a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
In Overland Park, everyone loves to call Overland Park home! The median home value is the 2nd highest in Kansas.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 20th lowest in the state and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Sunflower State.
Overland Park should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
The Town of Lenexa 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 Lenexa ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Lenexa are the 3rd most expensive in the state of Kansas, with the average home worth a whopping $248,800. 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 Lenexa if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Lenexa residents have the 7th highest income in the state, and the 13th lowest crime numbers in Kansas.
Mcpherson is by far one of the best places to live in Kansas: the math proves it! This city has the 8th lowest unemployment rate and the 22nd highest median income in all of Kansas.
Plus, the median home values are the 23rd highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the lowest in the state, making Mcpherson a safe and great place to live.
Well, I guess technically 3.1% of Olathe residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 16th closest of any city in Kansas.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Olathe also ranked well for crime (9th) and median income ($85,318).
In Valley Center, everyone loves to call Valley Center home! The median home value is the 24th highest in Kansas.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in the state and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Sunflower State.
Gardner has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Kansas. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Gardner is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Gardner residents to work is significantly higher than average.
The crime is the 42nd lowest in the state in Mission, and there were only 11 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Kansas, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Mission earn $60,875 a year.
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 126,877 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 54 cities, 140 towns, and 412 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Kansas 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 54, 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 2020.
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:
- Independence (Pop. 8,847)
- Parsons (Pop. 9,876)
- Coffeyville (Pop. 9,578)
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