Thinking of picking up everything and moving to Kansas?
Already live here and trying to find the right place for you?
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 get opinions based on most likely, emotions.
That’s why we use 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
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Kansas, Leawood came in 1st. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Leawood has an impressive history for a place of just over 33,763 people. The median home costs a cool $415,900 and households make $147,722 which is good for 1st in Kansas.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Bel Aire.
Bel Aire ranked impressively high for its crime rate (1st overall) and its short commute times (26th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
Overland Park ranks 3rd on our list of best places to live in Kansas thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Kansas that we examined.
People have been flocking to Overland Park over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
If you want to live in Kansas, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Derby area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $68,965 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Derby as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Derby.
Mcpherson has a really low crime rate (20th lowest) and only 2.7% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($54,057). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Mcpherson.
In Andover, everyone loves to call Andover home! The median home value is the 10th highest in Kansas.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Sunflower State.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Colby one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Colby.
Lenexa comes in at a close 8th. They have the 18th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 8th highest median income as well, which means the people in Lenexa are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 3rd best in the state.
With the unemployment rate being the 19th lowest in Kansas and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Olathe.
Plus, the crime rate is the 11th lowest in the state!
Mulvane 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 Mulvane 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 Mulvane residents to work is significantly higher than average.
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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