The 10 Cheapest Kansas City, MO Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the cheapest of the cheap.

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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I'd much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I'd rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Kansas City might be more expensive than living in rural Missouri, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Kansas City neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further -- you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the cheapest.

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in Kansas City for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Norble And Gregory Ridge looks to be the cheaptest Kansas City neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for -- some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Kansas City. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Kansas City that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

For more Missouri reading, check out:

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Kansas City For 2022

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Population: 1,704
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.0 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (35th cheapest)
More on Norble And Gregory Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 280
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (28th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (30th cheapest)
More on Cunningham Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 713
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (38th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (28th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (30th cheapest)
More on West Blue Township: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 2,096
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.6 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (87th cheapest)
More on Oak Park Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,262
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (20th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (19th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (66th cheapest)
More on South Town Fork Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 890
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (38th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (48th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (26th cheapest)
More on Brown Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 4,849
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (20th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.4 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (90th cheapest)
More on North India Mound: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 761
Cost Of Living Index: 78 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (38th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (88th cheapest)
More on Ivanhoe Northeast: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 157
Cost Of Living Index: 79 (9th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (119th cheapest)
More on Northest Industrial District: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 901
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (56th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (72nd cheapest)
More on Foxtown East: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Kansas City Hoods In 2022

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Kansas City, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 143 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the "Cheapest City Neighborhood In Kansas City." We're lookin' at you, Norble And Gregory Ridge.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places Kansas City. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Kansas City

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Kansas City where prices are low and it's cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Kansas City aren't all cheap. Blue Hills Estates takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Kansas City.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Kansas City For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Norble And Gregory Ridge 80
2 Cunningham Ridge 80
3 West Blue Township 83
4 Oak Park Southwest 80
5 South Town Fork Creek 81
6 Brown Estates 83
7 North India Mound 81
8 Ivanhoe Northeast 78
9 Northest Industrial District 79
10 Foxtown East 85
11 Fairlane 86
12 Legacy East 83
13 South Blue Valley 79
14 Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast 85
15 Birdlespur 94
16 White Oak 88
17 Oak Park Southeast 81
18 Palestine East 78
19 Santa Fe 80
20 Blue Valley Industrial 78
21 Lykins 77
22 Stayton Meadows 86
23 Knoches Park 79
24 Waldo Homes 85
25 East Meyer 82
26 Fairwood And Robandee 86
27 Oldham Farms 85
28 Red Bridge North 95
29 Santa Fe Hills 87
30 Timber Valley 94
31 Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 81
32 Saint Catherine's Gardens 90
33 Willow Creek 84
34 Ruskin Hills 83
35 South India Mound 83
36 Faireway Hills 91
37 Eastwood Hill East 83
38 Rolling Meadows 90
39 Lea Manor 91
40 Swope Parkway-Elmwood 81
41 Eastwood Hills West 84
42 Ingleside 82
43 West Blue Valley 78
44 Mount Hope 78
45 Citadel 85
46 East Community Team South 82
47 Mission Lake 94
48 Ruskin Heights 85
49 Stanford Estates 87
50 Blue Vue Hills 92
51 East Blue Valley 81
52 Manheim Park 82
53 Sterling Acres 86
54 Western Hills 89
55 Loma Vista 82
56 Bonne Hills 90
57 East Community Team North 82
58 Ivanhoe Southeast 81
59 Ward Parkway Plaza 95
60 Swope Park Campus 85
61 Oak Park Northwest 83
62 North Town Fork Creek 84
63 Sarritt Point 84
64 Tower Homes 95
65 Robandee South 88
66 Park Farms 88
67 Vineyard 84
68 Blue Hills 86
69 Ashland Ridge 83
70 Vineyard Northwest 81
71 Linden Hills And Indian Heights 91
72 Armour Hills 104
73 Wornall Homestead 116
74 Morningside 102
75 Marlborough East 81
76 Ward Parkway 99
77 Lewis Heights 88
78 Westside South 89
79 North Blue Ridge 82
80 Hickman Mills South 90
81 Greenway Fields 147
82 Little Blue Valley 99
83 Stanford Gardens 148
84 Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 82
85 Hickman Mills 88
86 West Waldo 98
87 Holmes Park 94
88 Richards Gebaur 86
89 Martin City 92
90 Verona Hills 112
91 Coleman Highlands 104
92 Hanover Place 85
93 Self Help Neighborhood Council 81
94 Oak Meyer Gardens 107
95 Sheffield 79
96 Highview Estates 102
97 Kirkside 85
98 East Sqope Highlands 85
99 Hillcrest 87
100 Squier Park 92
101 Country Lane Estates 94
102 Arnour Fields 136
103 South Hyde Park 89
104 Romanelli West 122
105 Westwood 108
106 Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 83
107 Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 79
108 Washington Weatley 86
109 Indipendence Plaza 84
110 Royal Oaks 93
111 Bannister Ares 94
112 Unity Ridge 115
113 Western 49-63 109
114 West Plaza 99
115 Valentine 93
116 Sunset Hill West 228
117 Oakwood 85
118 Beacon Hills 89
119 Volker 99
120 Hidden Valley 85
121 Broadway Gillham 87
122 Eastern 49-63 89
123 Central Hyde Park 108
124 Country Valley-Hawthorn Square 97
125 Sunset Hill 139
126 Central Business District-Downtown 101
127 Plaza Westport 100
128 Riss Lake 86
129 Union Hill 105
130 Red Ridge South 96
131 Southmoreland 96
132 Crown Center 103
133 River Market 103
134 Roanoke 117
135 South Plaza 114
136 Pendleton Heights 84
137 North Hyde Park 91
138 Old Westport 98
139 Key Coalition 84
140 Wendell Phillips 87
141 Westside North 96
142 Longfellow 97
143 Blue Hills Estates 112

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Kansas City.

About Chris Kolmar

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