Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Kansas a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Kansas.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Sunflower State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Kansas, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 105 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Sunflower State for 2022.
The 10 Best Counties To Live In Kansas For 2022
Wabaunsee County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Kansas. And you might want to avoid Chautauqua County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Kansas, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
Or, check out the best places to live in Kansas and the cheapest places to live in Kansas.
The Best Counties To Live In Kansas For 2022
1. Wabaunsee County
Biggest Place: Wamego
Median Income: $65,742.0 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $153,700.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (24th best)
More on Wabaunsee County: Photos | Data
2. Pottawatomie County
Biggest Place: Manhattan
Median Income: $70,064.0 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $176,700.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (29th best)
More on Pottawatomie County: Photos | Data
3. Miami County
Biggest Place: Spring Hill
Median Income: $75,635.0 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $212,500.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.8% (20th best)
More on Miami County: Photos | Data
4. Nemaha County
Biggest Place: Sabetha
Median Income: $61,382.0 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $150,400.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (23rd best)
More on Nemaha County: Photos | Data
5. Jefferson County
Biggest Place: Oskaloosa
Median Income: $67,429.0 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $163,400.0 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (60th best)
More on Jefferson County: Data
6. Sheridan County
Biggest Place: Hoxie
Median Income: $62,105.0 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $119,000.0 (28th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (35th best)
More on Sheridan County: Data
7. Johnson County
Biggest Place: Overland Park
Median Income: $91,650.0 (best)
Median Home Price: $277,500.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (5best)
More on Johnson County: Photos | Data
8. Thomas County
Biggest Place: Colby
Median Income: $68,313.0 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $129,600.0 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.3% (9th best)
More on Thomas County: Photos | Data
9. Mcpherson County
Biggest Place: McPherson
Median Income: $59,928.0 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $154,700.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.3% (11th best)
More on Mcpherson County: Photos | Data
10. Rawlins County
Biggest Place: Atwood
Median Income: $57,281.0 (29th best)
Median Home Price: $101,000.0 (49th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.8% (5th best)
More on Rawlins County: Photos | Data
Methodology: How do you determine which Kansas county is the best?
To give you the best county in Kansas, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Kansas across each of the criteria from one to 105, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Kansas”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Sunflower State.
Read on to see why Wabaunsee County is the best county, while Chautauqua County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Kansas.
Summary: The Best Counties In Kansas To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Kansas can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Kansas according to the data:
- Chautauqua County
- Elk County
- Woodson County
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- Best Counties To Live In Kansas
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