The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Kansas For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Kansas.

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Kansas does this very well. Families love the Sunflower State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Kansas that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Kansas for 2022.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Kansas? That would be Manhattan.
the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 61 places in Kansas with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Kansas for 2022:

  1. Manhattan
  2. Prairie Village
  3. Lawrence
  4. Mission
  5. Merriam
  6. Overland Park
  7. Roeland Park
  8. Junction City
  9. De Soto
  10. Paola

What's the most expensive place to live in Kansas? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Manhattan is the most expensive place to live in Kansas.

So hopefully Chanute (the cheapest place to live in Kansas) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Kansas and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Kansas For 2022

1. Manhattan

Manhattan, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 55,045
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.2x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.9x (6th most expensive)
More on Manhattan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Manhattan comes in at $50,957 and the median home value is $213,200 for 2022.

2. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, KS

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,255
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.6x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.6x (16th most expensive)
More on Prairie Village: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Prairie Village comes in at $88,196 and the median home value is $316,800 for 2022.

3. Lawrence

Lawrence, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 97,348
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.3x (9th most expensive)
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Lawrence comes in at $55,598 and the median home value is $204,800 for 2022.

4. Mission

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,618
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.1x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.7x (17th most expensive)
More on Mission: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Mission comes in at $64,703 and the median home value is $203,600 for 2022.

5. Merriam

Merriam, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,191
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 65.5x (26th most expensive)
More on Merriam: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Merriam comes in at $63,347 and the median home value is $187,500 for 2022.

6. Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 193,412
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 73.0x (44th most expensive)
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Overland Park comes in at $87,629 and the median home value is $295,800 for 2022.

7. Roeland Park

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,747
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.6x (19th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.1x (20th most expensive)
More on Roeland Park: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Roeland Park comes in at $73,786 and the median home value is $194,800 for 2022.

8. Junction City

Junction City, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,616
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (18th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.3x (10th most expensive)
More on Junction City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Junction City comes in at $52,159 and the median home value is $138,300 for 2022.

9. De Soto

De Soto, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,374
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 76.1x (49th most expensive)
More on De Soto: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in De Soto comes in at $60,568 and the median home value is $241,000 for 2022.

10. Paola

Paola, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,634
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 14)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.8x (22nd most expensive)
More on Paola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Paola comes in at $52,417 and the median home value is $153,300 for 2022.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Sunflower State For 2022

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Kansas
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2016-2020 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Kansas to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 61 places in Kansas that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Kansas according to the data is Manhattan. You can download the data here.

Summary: Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Kansas For 2022

Well there you have it, the places in Kansas that have the highest cost of living, with Manhattan ranking as the most expensive city in the Sunflower State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Kansas according to the data:

  1. Chanute
  2. Arkansas City
  3. Pratt

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Kansas

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Manhattan 5.67 55,045 4.2x 55.9x
2 Prairie Village 7.33 22,255 3.6x 63.6x
3 Lawrence 8.0 97,348 3.7x 58.3x
4 Mission 12.33 9,618 3.1x 63.7x
5 Merriam 17.33 11,191 3.0x 65.5x
6 Overland Park 17.67 193,412 3.4x 73.0x
7 Roeland Park 18.0 6,747 2.6x 64.1x
8 Junction City 19.0 22,616 2.7x 59.3x
9 De Soto 19.33 6,374 4.0x 76.1x
10 Paola 20.0 5,634 2.9x 64.8x
11 Lenexa 21.0 54,804 3.1x 76.5x
12 Hays 21.67 20,855 3.5x 72.4x
13 Leawood 23.67 34,702 3.0x 96.1x
14 Garden City 23.67 26,403 2.8x 67.2x
15 Salina 24.0 46,706 2.7x 64.9x
16 Gardner 25.0 21,936 2.6x 71.1x
17 Basehor 25.33 6,225 2.8x 80.6x
18 Wichita 25.33 390,566 2.6x 65.1x
19 Bonner Springs 26.0 7,846 2.6x 71.5x
20 Shawnee 26.0 65,844 2.8x 87.0x
21 Ottawa 26.0 12,308 2.4x 61.5x
22 Pittsburg 26.0 20,096 2.5x 47.3x
23 Augusta 26.33 9,363 2.5x 63.7x
24 Leavenworth 26.67 36,129 2.2x 62.9x
25 Andover 27.33 13,609 2.2x 67.8x
26 Spring Hill 28.0 6,992 2.7x 88.0x
27 Olathe 28.33 139,216 2.6x 90.2x
28 Kansas City 28.5 153,014 2.2x 52.6x
29 Liberal 28.67 19,025 2.3x 62.9x
30 Valley Center 29.67 7,843 2.4x 68.5x
31 Topeka 31.67 125,819 2.1x 60.9x
32 El Dorado 33.0 12,976 2.1x 56.4x
33 Mcpherson 33.67 13,066 2.5x 75.9x
34 Derby 34.0 24,428 2.3x 76.1x
35 Tonganoxie 34.67 5,357 2.2x 74.8x
36 Bel Aire 35.33 8,082 1.9x 66.1x
37 Hutchinson 35.83 40,669 2.1x 63.9x
38 Iola 36.0 5,322 1.9x 51.7x
39 Abilene 36.33 6,258 2.4x 72.2x
40 Haysville 36.67 11,260 2.0x 64.5x
41 Emporia 37.33 24,631 2.3x 66.9x
42 Great Bend 39.0 15,224 2.2x 69.6x
43 Park City 39.0 7,654 2.0x 69.7x
44 Lansing 39.0 11,955 2.0x 78.6x
45 Eudora 39.33 6,551 2.0x 78.7x
46 Independence 39.67 8,595 1.9x 56.5x
47 Fort Scott 40.33 7,715 1.7x 53.2x
48 Dodge City 40.33 27,186 2.0x 67.1x
49 Ulysses 41.0 5,518 2.3x 86.8x
50 Coffeyville 42.67 9,343 1.5x 54.1x
51 Atchison 43.33 10,561 2.1x 71.9x
52 Parsons 43.33 9,648 1.6x 60.7x
53 Wellington 45.67 7,716 1.7x 65.2x
54 Colby 46.33 5,426 2.1x 94.7x
55 Concordia 46.67 5,005 1.7x 65.9x
56 Winfield 47.0 11,990 1.9x 71.2x
57 Mulvane 47.33 6,025 2.0x 96.6x
58 Newton 48.67 18,846 1.9x 77.2x
59 Pratt 50.0 6,595 1.8x 74.3x
60 Arkansas City 52.67 11,767 1.4x 70.5x
61 Chanute 55.0 9,044 1.6x 75.6x

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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.

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