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Best Places To Live In Kansas 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score93
  • Prairie Village, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,824
  • My $2500 a month rental house may seem like a lot to some of you, but it is worth it to live in this affluent, absolutely gorgeous, part of Kansas. I'm happily living in Prairie Village, which is a…[read more]
87
  • Lenexa, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,206
  • I love Kansas City!! The cool thing about lenexa/ shawnee area is : excellent highway access (4 ramps near me it’s great). I70, 435, i35, k7 etc . Look on a map!!! If you live in Lenexa you can work…[read more]
86
  • Olathe, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 132,787
  • I was excited about my trip to Olathe due to the fact that I love the outdoors, so Passport To Adventure was a great experience for me. For those not familiar with Passport To Adventure, it is a neat way…[read more]
85
  • Leawood, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,763
  • I've lived in Leawood Kansas there's no reason to live here anymore, unamerican values and unreal high cost of living and droped the ball on biden's win…[read more]
85
  • Overland Park, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 183,775
  • Look, most of the negative reviews are probably coming from people who have had a silver spoon in their mouths since they were babes. Compared to where I’ve lived before, this place is Heaven to me. No…[read more]
83
  • Shawnee, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 64,444
  • When someone hears "Kansas," they think of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, and tornadoes. It can't be farther from the truth! I lived in Shawnee, Kansas for five years. Located in the heart of Johnson County,…[read more]
82
  • Roeland Park, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,816
82
  • Mission, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,490
81
  • Hays, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,073
  • I ended up moving to Hays in my 20's when I was appointed as a professor at Fort Hays State University. I have to admit it was a bit of a shock for me as I had been born and raised in New York. Things…[read more]
79
  • Colby, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,460
79
  • Emporia, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,707
  • The best area in Emporia, KS is near the Emporia Country Club off 18th Avenue, which is where I live. There are, however, a lot of lower income neighborhoods here as a significant number of the…[read more]
78
  • Gardner, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,667
  • I'm living in Gardner, KS, which is located approximately 30 to 45 minutes outside of Kansas City. I feel like I'm living in the perfect blend of small town meets big city. The people here are extremely…[read more]
78
  • Basehor, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,167
78
  • Manhattan, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,909
  • When I moved to Manhattan, Kansas about five years ago, I thought that it would be peaceful and relaxing. While there are some things about the city that are relaxing, there is a lot of hustle and bustle…[read more]
77
  • Pratt, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,879
75
  • Derby, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,847
  • Derby, Kansas is a fun and accessible bedroom community of the bustling metropolitan area of Wichita. Offering great schools and an inclusive community vibe, Derby is an ideal place to raise a family. I…[read more]
74
  • Lawrence, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 92,611
  • Lawrence has a variety of offerings for people of (almost) any age. From a wide-ranging selection of live music available for listening/ dance pleasure to symphony/ theater/ ballet venues, there's…[read more]
74
  • Concordia, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,273
73
  • Ottawa, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,433
  • Ottawa, Kansas boasts the ideal of mix small-town spirit and urban convenience. Located just 20 minutes from Lawrence and 30 minutes from Kansas City, Ottawa offers a myriad of job opportunities in a…[read more]
73
  • Valley Center, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,420
  • I live in Wichita, but work from time to time as a substitute teacher in Valley Center. The Valley Center School district was my favorite to sub at. The teachers, staff, and administration were always…[read more]
72
  • Andover, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,477
  • if your white, thank god you can move here and not be a minority. ...if youre not white? why not choose to live literally anywhere else in America where you will be the majority and with your…[read more]
72
  • Eudora, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,116
72
  • McPherson, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,212
  • A sleepy little town in rural Kansas, McPherson is an ideal place to raise a family. I love living in McPherson because of the unparalleled community spirit and the small-town atmosphere. The economy of…[read more]
72
  • Merriam, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,248
  • If you ever find yourself anywhere near Merriam, Kansas the best advice I can give you is to turn around and drive away as quickly as you can in the other direction. It's embarrassing to me to admit that…[read more]
71
  • Garden City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,916
71
  • Abilene, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,598
71
  • Salina, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,676
  • I lived in Salina, KS for about 3 years. I found a lot of things here to do with my family. I did not have one bad experience while living there for my whole three years. I would eventually love to go…[read more]
71
  • Hutchinson, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,661
  • I moved to Hutchinson, KS about 10 years ago from the busy city of Charlotte, NC. This was one of the moves that I dreaded making, and I had to force myself to enjoy the city. Now, I see that there is a…[read more]
70
  • Bonner Springs, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,567
70
  • De Soto, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,982
70
  • Bel Aire, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,214
  • I have lived here a little over a month and want to leave. The water department charges you an outrageous amount for water. There is NO water pressure, only running at 38 pounds. They do not have a good…[read more]
69
  • Leavenworth, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,948
  • I love visiting the city of Leavenworth, Kansas. The city has a small town feel, but this city is not to far from access of the busy city. Simply put, its a great city. The families range from young to…[read more]
69
  • Ulysses, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,768
69
  • Pittsburg, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,399
  • As a young adult, I loved living in Pittsburg, Kansas! This tight-knit community in southwest rural Kansas is a slice of homegrown Americana. The best part about living in this town are the people who…[read more]
69
  • Spring Hill, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,863
69
  • Parsons, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,111
  • There is so much I love about living in Parkins. I am not a big-city type of person so Parsons offers the small-town living and charm that I love. From our quintessential Main Street to the strong…[read more]
68
  • Dodge City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,875
  • I had a great experience while living in Dodge City Kansas. The town is widely identified as the cowboy capital of the world. Long ago in 1800, it was known for historical frontiersmen like Bat Masterson…[read more]
68
  • Mulvane, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,461
68
  • Park City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,273
68
  • Lansing, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,706
  • The weather is always great for a barbecue living in Lansing Kansas. It is great to be able to hang out and grill with neighbors. The small-town atmosphere and friendly people have shown a lot of love to…[read more]
67
  • Winfield, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,283
  • I'm living in Winfield Kansas not far from my Southwestern College campus. I like where I live because I can do everything that I need to do right here in one place. I grew up here and actually attended…[read more]
67
  • Liberal, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,709
  • If you're planning a visit to Liberal soon, you'll have no shortage of fun things to do and see. There are also several activities that are designed for entire families, so you can bring the kids along…[read more]
67
  • Paola, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,583
67
  • Haysville, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,393
  • Haysville, Kansas is one of the best areas in the state, if not the entire country, whether you're settling in or just stopping in for a visit. It doesn't matter if you've been living in Haysville all…[read more]
67
  • El Dorado, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,102
  • Life in El Dorado, Kansas is slow and easy, ideal for growing families and those looking for a quieter pace of life. Located on the banks of the Walnut River, the town is best known for its recreational…[read more]
66
  • Wellington, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,950
66
  • Iola, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,560
66
  • Augusta, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,262
  • When I was transferred to Wichita back in 1985 . After much searching we chose Augusta (15 miles away) to make place our home for the following reasons....Theater downtown and a drive-in Theaterplaces to…[read more]
65
  • Chanute, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,216
  • First I will say, I don't' know where the numbers were calculated from to come up with the initial index for the cities, but as far as Chanute, Kansas goes, they are Way Off. Chanute is becoming the…[read more]
64
  • Independence, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,084
  • What a great community to live in! People are very kind and friendly. Quality of life and available amenities are better than in most smaller communities. Housing is plentiful and very affordable. Our…[read more]

Kansas: The Sunflower State

Kansas is situated in America’s Heartland and has long been known as one of the Midwest’s premier states. Named in honor of a Native American tribe, Kansas has grown from its humble beginnings to become a leader in agriculture and other important industries. The state also boasts residential communities that feature homes, apartments, and condominiums that are suitable for everyone from the working professional to the retiree.

The states of Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado share borders with Kansas. Topeka, the state capital, is home to government buildings and people from all walks of life. Other major cities in Kansas include Wichita, Lawrence, and Kansas City. Kansas is made up largely of flat landscapes that are ideal for farming. Even though many people believe that Kansas is totally flat, rolling hills and more rugged landscapes can be found in the eastern portion of the state. The climate throughout much of the state is made up of four distinct seasons with winters being cold and snowy and heat and humidity taking over during the summer.

One of the best aspects of moving to Kansas is all the affordable housing that the state has to offer. Reasonably priced houses that are ideal for families can be found throughout many of the suburban communities of Topeka. Wichita features apartments and condos in the downtown region that attract many young working professionals who want easy access to all the best places in the city. The state’s smaller cities and towns are known to have housing costs that are even lower than what are found in bigger cities.

Kansas is additionally known for its acclaimed universities where students can go to pursue their college studies. Wichita State University and Washburn University have graduated many students who have gone on to become highly successful in their careers. The University of Kansas has campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, and Overland Park and is famous for its excellent academic programs along with its Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball teams.

Many exciting attractions and unique landmarks can be found all throughout Kansas. Residents of Topeka often spend their days enjoying their free time at attractions like Gage Park, the Topeka Zoo, and the Combat Air Museum. Also in Topeka is the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, which details one of America’s most important court cases. Other major historic sites around the state include the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Fort Scott National Historic Site. Exploration Place and the Sedgwick County Zoo are just a couple places of interest that are worth checking out in Wichita. The Spencer Museum of Art, which is located in Lawrence, showcases numerous artworks that offer deeper insight into local and world culture and history.

AreaVibes offers an easy way to find the best places to live in Kansas. This cutting-edge website features up-to-date demographic statistics along with cost of living, education, and crime rate information. Searches on the site can easily be customized to include all the information that is most important to helping you find the best places to live in Kansas.