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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
The Town of Leawood 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 Leawood ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Leawood are the most expensive in the state of Kansas, with the average home worth a whopping $415,900. 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 Leawood if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Leawood residents have the highest income in the state, and the 5th lowest crime numbers in Kansas.
Bel Aire is another gem in Sunflower State. The unemployment rate here is 1st lowest in the entire state at 1.6%. Other factors that make Bel Aire so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $141,900, and parents earn a combined $80,324 a year
There's nothing like the American dream.
If you don't have a job in Overland Park, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 4.0%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $74,789.
That's actually not a bad idea...
Derby 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\Derby had the 11th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $68,965.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Mcpherson is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It's quite a gem tucked away in Kansas.
Andover is feeling the love as it ranks as the 6th best city to live in Kansas for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (2nd overall) and low crime (10th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In Kansas".
Colby makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Kansas mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 2.2% of folks are jobless, you can bet Colby residents are glad to live where they do.
The crime is the 13th lowest in the state in Lenexa, and there were only 70 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 Lenexa earn $78,798 a year.
Taking its place as the 9th best place in Kansas is Olathe. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Kansas.
It's considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can't be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 4.4% helps thing too.
Mulvane is another great city in Kansas with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Mulvane. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."
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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