The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2022


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022. 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 39 cities with over 5,000 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 2022

  1. Mulvane
  2. Lansing
  3. Tonganoxie
  4. Paola
  5. Basehor
  6. Concordia
  7. Coffeyville
  8. El Dorado
  9. Atchison
  10. Ulysses

Why did Mulvane take the top spot? And where are Overland Park and Olathe?

Incidentally, this is our ninth 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 2022? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Mulvane 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!

For more Kansas state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kansas For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,025
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $676
Distance to Closest Airport: 115 miles
More on Mulvane: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mulvane, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,955
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,109
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,357
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,008
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Tonganoxie: Real Estate | Data

Tonganoxie, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,634
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $809
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
More on Paola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paola, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,225
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,054
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on Basehor: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,005
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $670
Distance to Closest Airport: 157 miles
More on Concordia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Concordia, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,343
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $642
Distance to Closest Airport: 60 miles
More on Coffeyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coffeyville, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,976
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $735
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
More on El Dorado: Real Estate | Data | Photos

El Dorado, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,561
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Rent: $664
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
More on Atchison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Atchison, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,518
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $592
Distance to Closest Airport: 163 miles
More on Ulysses: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ulysses, KS

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sunflower State for 2022

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 5,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 39 places from across the state.

For these 39, 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 39, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Mulvane, 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.

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

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

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

  1. Andover
  2. Mission
  3. Roeland Park

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Kansas?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Mulvane 6,025 $676
2 Lansing 11,955 $1,109
3 Tonganoxie 5,357 $1,008
4 Paola 5,634 $809
5 Basehor 6,225 $1,054
6 Concordia 5,005 $670
7 Coffeyville 9,343 $642
8 El Dorado 12,976 $735
9 Atchison 10,561 $664
10 Ulysses 5,518 $592

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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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