The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Kansas For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Kansas have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Kansas:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Kansas, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Sunflower State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Kansas that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Kansas at the moment? That would be Concordia according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Kansas for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Kansas For 2021

  1. Concordia
  2. Iola
  3. Tonganoxie
  4. Colby
  5. Paola
  6. Ulysses
  7. Basehor
  8. Mulvane
  9. De Soto
  10. Abilene

What's the best place to buy a home in Kansas for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Kansas and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Kansas.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Kansas For 2021

Concordia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,070
Median Home Price: $76,500
Population Change: -1.3%
Home Price Change: 2.4%
More on Concordia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Iola, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,351
Median Home Price: $81,600
Population Change: -0.9%
Home Price Change: 0.2%
More on Iola: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,359
Median Home Price: $165,300
Population Change: 5.6%
Home Price Change: 0.5%
More on Tonganoxie: Homes For Sale | Data

Colby, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,473
Median Home Price: $125,500
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: 10.6%
More on Colby: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Paola, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,611
Median Home Price: $134,800
Population Change: 0.5%
Home Price Change: 8.0%
More on Paola: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ulysses, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,712
Median Home Price: $111,200
Population Change: 1.3%
Home Price Change: 9.1%
More on Ulysses: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,951
Median Home Price: $240,600
Population Change: 5.0%
Home Price Change: 13.3%
More on Basehor: Homes For Sale | Data

Mulvane, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,045
Median Home Price: $129,100
Population Change: 5.7%
Home Price Change: 2.5%
More on Mulvane: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

De Soto, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,254
Median Home Price: $227,800
Population Change: 1.9%
Home Price Change: 12.1%
More on De Soto: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Abilene, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,362
Median Home Price: $117,500
Population Change: -0.9%
Home Price Change: 9.9%
More on Abilene: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Kansas for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Kansas. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Kansas with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Kansas with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Kansas, only 61 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 61 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Concordia is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Sunflower State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Kansas for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Kansas. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Kansas

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Concordia 1 $76,500 -1.3% 2.4%
Iola 2 $81,600 -0.9% 0.2%
Tonganoxie 3 $165,300 5.6% 0.5%
Colby 4 $125,500 -0.6% 10.6%
Paola 5 $134,800 0.5% 8.0%
Ulysses 6 $111,200 1.3% 9.1%
Basehor 7 $240,600 5.0% 13.3%
Mulvane 8 $129,100 5.7% 2.5%
De Soto 9 $227,800 1.9% 12.1%
Abilene 10 $117,500 -0.9% 9.9%
Eudora 11 $169,000 -2.1% 6.4%
Spring Hill 12 $202,700 4.9% 7.4%
Pratt 13 $84,900 -1.0% -0.5%
Roeland Park 14 $172,900 -0.4% 5.4%
Valley Center 15 $145,700 6.4% 4.6%
Fort Scott 16 $58,400 -0.7% -6.3%
Bonner Springs 17 $167,800 -0.2% 6.3%
Wellington 18 $75,400 -0.6% 1.9%
Bel Aire 19 $161,000 2.4% 2.0%
Park City 20 $134,500 3.2% 8.7%
Independence 21 $80,700 -1.7% 0.5%
Chanute 22 $74,900 -0.2% 8.4%
Augusta 23 $125,900 0.1% 3.7%
Coffeyville 24 $55,800 -1.3% 5.3%
Mission 25 $179,700 0.9% 6.0%
Parsons 26 $65,000 -1.4% -5.8%
Atchison 27 $89,900 -0.7% 4.3%
Haysville 28 $102,500 -1.5% 0.1%
Merriam 29 $169,400 -0.5% 5.8%
Arkansas City 30 $64,100 -1.0% -3.6%
Lansing 31 $173,000 0.5% -0.3%
Winfield 32 $91,500 -0.4% 6.8%
Ottawa 33 $109,000 -0.1% 5.5%
El Dorado 34 $88,500 0.0% 0.3%
Mcpherson 35 $143,700 0.1% 2.4%
Andover 36 $201,000 1.6% 2.6%
Great Bend 37 $95,800 -1.2% 2.0%
Newton 38 $107,500 -0.2% 3.6%
Liberal 39 $106,400 -2.6% 6.4%
Pittsburg 40 $88,500 -0.5% 2.4%
Hays 41 $176,900 -0.3% 3.2%
Gardner 42 $189,100 0.8% 5.8%
Prairie Village 43 $290,600 0.6% 11.1%
Junction City 44 $143,100 -2.5% 3.2%
Derby 45 $165,200 1.3% 3.8%
Emporia 46 $88,900 -0.2% 0.1%
Garden City 47 $149,300 -0.6% 9.4%
Dodge City 48 $109,100 -0.9% 1.9%
Leawood 49 $463,200 0.3% 3.6%
Leavenworth 50 $123,800 0.2% 2.4%
Hutchinson 51 $96,300 -0.6% 2.1%
Salina 52 $129,300 -0.5% 6.4%
Lenexa 53 $260,900 1.8% 4.9%
Manhattan 54 $209,700 -0.4% 4.6%
Shawnee 55 $237,500 0.5% 5.1%
Lawrence 56 $195,500 1.1% 3.9%
Topeka 57 $103,200 -0.4% 0.6%
Olathe 58 $238,100 1.2% 6.3%
Kansas City 59 $95,600 0.3% 4.4%
Overland Park 60 $276,100 1.2% 5.7%
Wichita 61 $133,400 0.1% 3.7%

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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