The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Kansas.

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In Kansas, yes, you 'kan' have everything. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks is here to tell you how your family can live their best life in the Sunflower State's best places for families for 2021.

How did we determine Kansas' most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in The Jayhawker State with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 17 family friendly Kansas places that any family would be lucky to call home.

No, it's not a coincidence that most of Kansas' family friendly places are centered around two of Kansas biggest cities: Kansas City and Wichita. There's more to do in these places and jobs with competitive salaries are plentiful. But that's not all we discovered, folks. Kansas has a ton of family friendly activities that are sure to keep your family entertained for weeks. Matter of fact, you can have your family at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, Clinton Lake in Lawrence and the Evil Knievel Museum in Topeka, all in the same weekend.

So, if you're looking for safe, family friendly cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, good BBQ, and just overall good family friendly fun, keep reading.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Kansas For 2021

  1. El Dorado
  2. Ottawa
  3. Derby
  4. Lansing
  5. Atchison
  6. Leawood
  7. Olathe
  8. Winfield
  9. Shawnee
  10. Emporia

When you choose to live in one of Kansas' best places for families, you are choosing to live where you can keep your family safe, happy, and healthy. You are choosing to live where your Kansas salary will go the furthest for your family. And that, Kansans, makes perfect sense.

So, what's the best place for families to live in Kansas for 2021? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in The Free State is El Dorado based on the most recent Census data.

To learn more about our methodology and to see why Kansas' top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, look at the list below. And if you don't find your favorite there head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Kansas and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas For 2021

El Dorado, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,988
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 34.1%
More on El Dorado: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ottawa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,260
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 29.1%
More on Ottawa: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Derby, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,067
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 37.0%
More on Derby: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,900
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 41.5%
More on Lansing: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,598
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 31.7%
More on Atchison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Leawood, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,670
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 32.2%
More on Leawood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 137,618
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 42.1%
More on Olathe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Winfield, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,085
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 34.4%
More on Winfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Shawnee, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 65,540
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 36.6%
More on Shawnee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Emporia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 24,607
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Emporia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in Kansas anyways?

To give you the places in Kansas which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Sunflower State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Kansas, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Kansas, that meant a total of 17 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Kansas

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Kansas ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Kansas according to the data:

  1. Topeka
  2. Wichita
  3. Hutchinson

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Kansas?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 El Dorado, KS 12,988 62
2 Ottawa, KS 12,260 62
3 Derby, KS 24,067 37
4 Lansing, KS 11,900 40
5 Atchison, KS 10,598 44
6 Leawood, KS 34,670 45
7 Olathe, KS 137,618 42
8 Winfield, KS 12,085 45
9 Shawnee, KS 65,540 53
10 Emporia, KS 24,607 66

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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