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C+ Gardner Amenities Some amenities close to this location
C+ Gardner Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Kansas
946% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Gardner cost of living
A- Gardner Crime Total crime is 50% lower than Kansas
Total crime
1,61341% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6241% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-46%Year over year crime is down
Gardner crime
C- Gardner Employment Household income is 31% higher than Kansas
Median household income
$70,30927% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$26,42011% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%7% lower than the US average
Gardner employment
B- Gardner Housing Home value is 21% higher than Kansas
Median home value
$164,30011% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9441% lower than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Gardner real estate or Gardner rentals
B Gardner Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Kansas
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
56%14% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Gardner K-12 schools

Living in Gardner, KS

Gardner is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Kansas. The city has a population of 20,667 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 87% of Gardner residents are White, 5% Black and 2% Asian. With an average age of 31 years old, Gardner could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. Gardner has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 79% of the population is classified as married and 36% have kids.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Gardner could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Kansas if you know where to search. Finding the best places to live in Gardner and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, education, employment and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Gardner has received a livability score of 73 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 74th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Gardner ranks well for education (B) and housing (B-).

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Gardner gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 191 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Gardner is actually affordable. The median home price for Gardner homes is $164,300, which is 21.4% higher than the Kansas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Gardner, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 8% lower than the Kansas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Gardner area were 8.6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.2%.

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Compare Gardner, KS Livability To Other Cities

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Gardner Is The Perfect Blend

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 friendly, and we have a real sense of being neighborly and helping one another out. There's not a lot of big things to do here. There's no movie theaters or anything like that. However, we do have many smaller restaurants, shops, and really everything a person needs. A simple and convenient life is what you get here.

I think the best area in Gardner is near Winwood Park. I often grab me a coffee at Grindhouse on Elm Street, then pick up a fresh donut at Daylight Donuts on Main Street, on my way to the park for a leisurely stroll. If I really want to do something different, I go out to eat at Fronteras Mexican Restaurant and Cantina on Moonlight Road.
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Source: The Gardner, KS data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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