The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2021


We analyzed over 23 places in Kansas to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Kansas.

You won't have to be a Walmart greeter for long if you choose one of Kansas' best places to retire.

Nope, you'll be able to play pinochle and gin rummy all day with your retirement buddies if you choose one of HomeSnacks' top ten places to retire in Kansas for 2021. But before we tell you Kansas' best place to retire, we need to tell you how we calculated this list of Kansas stunners.

First, we looked at the latest FBI and Census reports on crime, demographics, and affordable housing for 21 cities with over 10,000 residents. Next, we looked at the distance each place is to an international airport. And folks, the numbers told us some pretty great things for anyone looking to retire in The Sunflower State.

For one, we learned that the entire state's living costs come in close to 14% below the national average. Secondly, we learned that in some of Kansas' biggest cities like Witchita and Topeka, retirees are currently enjoying particularly affordable housing costs. And third, now, more than ever, is the best time to take advantage of Kansas' low costs.

So, want to know where you can live out your best years in The Free State? Keep reading.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2021

  1. Lansing
  2. Ottawa
  3. Atchison
  4. Shawnee
  5. Emporia
  6. Pittsburg
  7. Leawood
  8. Newton
  9. El Dorado
  10. Hutchinson

Why did Lansing take the top spot? And where are Wichita and Olathe?

Incidentally, this is our seventh time ranking Kansas' best of the best for retirees, so we have a ton of data to help you find the right place to retire and our list is on point.

So, without further adieu, what city is the best place to retire in Kansas for 2021? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Lansing is the best place to retire in Kansas if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.

Read below to see how your favorite place ranked and how other amazing Kansas cities ranked. Hint: if you live in the greater Kansas City area, consider yourself one lucky Jayhawker retiree!

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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2021

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,900
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,169
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ottawa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,260
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $792
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
More on Ottawa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,598
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $615
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
More on Atchison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shawnee, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 65,540
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,008
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Shawnee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Emporia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,607
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $668
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
More on Emporia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pittsburg, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,171
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $712
Distance to Closest Airport: 106 miles
More on Pittsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leawood, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,670
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,619
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newton, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,877
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $747
Distance to Closest Airport: 150 miles
More on Newton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

El Dorado, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,988
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $763
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
More on El Dorado: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hutchinson, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 40,914
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $713
Distance to Closest Airport: 170 miles
More on Hutchinson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sunflower State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in Kansas to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Sunflower State -- 664 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 21 places from across the state.

For these 21, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 21, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Lansing, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Kansas Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Kansas goes to Lansing.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Wichita
  2. Gardner
  3. Salina

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Kansas?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Lansing 11,900 $1,169
2 Ottawa 12,260 $792
3 Atchison 10,598 $615
4 Shawnee 65,540 $1,008
5 Emporia 24,607 $668
6 Pittsburg 20,171 $712
7 Leawood 34,670 $1,619
8 Newton 18,877 $747
9 El Dorado 12,988 $763
10 Hutchinson 40,914 $713

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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.