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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Kansas 2020

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  • 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]
61
  • 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]
66
  • Fort Scott, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,852
67
  • Independence, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,084
63
  • Iola, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,560
47
  • Coffeyville, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,796
64
  • 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]
73
  • Concordia, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,273
65
  • Arkansas City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,198
  • This is a very small town with incompetent city officials. Very bad housing whether buying or renting. The housing and streets are bad. It has the old depression brick roads throughout the city; but they…[read more]
81
  • 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]
69
  • 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]
66
  • 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]
60
  • Topeka, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 127,472
  • Customer service, across the board, sucks here. People don't return calls for services (i.e., landscaping, pest control, roofing, etc.) or don't answer phone at all during their advertised working…[read more]
70
  • Abilene, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,598
64
  • Wellington, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,950
72
  • 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]
68
  • Colby, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,460
66
  • 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]
70
  • Ulysses, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,768
70
  • 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]
66
  • 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]
61
  • Atchison, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,798
  • Amenities? very few. There is hardly anywhere to shop, most folks have to drive to St. Joseph to shop. Downtown is a pit, mostly specialty shops. Atchison is isolated, no public transportation in or out…[read more]
61
  • Great Bend, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,741
  • Located in the Central Kansas plains, Great Bend is the epitome of a small Midwestern town. I love living in Great Bend, Kansas because of the unmatched sense of community spirit. This close-knit town…[read more]
74
  • Pratt, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,879
64
  • Newton, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,103
  • Newton, Kansas is a sleepy little Kansas town located approximately 30 minutes north of Wichita. I liked living in Newton because it afforded small town charm mixed with the convenience of living near a…[read more]
68
  • 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]
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]
61
  • Junction City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,016
  • I probably should've done more homework before living in Junction City, KS. It's not bad, just not what I was expecting. I was looking for more of a small town, safe community, and a great place to raise…[read more]
55
  • Kansas City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 149,755
  • I have lived in KC for many many years and I'm about to leave. People are literally so dumb in this kind of damn…[read more]
71
  • Garden City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,916
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]
60
  • Wichita, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 388,033
  • I'm a Wichita KS native and have been living on my own for 7 years straight as a 29 year old, and the more I live here, the more I really do wanna leave and live some-where else instead. The roads are in…[read more]
67
  • Park City, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,273
68
  • Mulvane, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,461
77
  • 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]
67
  • Paola, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,583
71
  • Valley Center, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,420
74
  • 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]
74
  • 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]
73
  • 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]
76
  • 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]
64
  • 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
  • Eudora, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,116
73
  • 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]
67
  • Bonner Springs, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,567
73
  • Merriam, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,248
  • I’ve lived in Merriam for about 4 years now and to keep it short and sweet (or tldr for the huge paragraph i’m about to write) it’s tremendously boring. The only people who would legitimately want to…[read more]
81
  • Mission, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,490
72
  • Spring Hill, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,863
86
  • Roeland Park, KS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,816
75
  • 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]

Finding an affordable place to live in Kansas is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in Kansas that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in Kansas. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of Kansas.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in Kansas with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in Kansas, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in Kansas, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.