The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas For 2021


We analyzed 61 places in Kansas to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Kansas.

Prairie Village, Bel Aire, Leawood: These cities aren't just some of the best places to live in Kansas. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Sunflower State.

Prairie Village in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $91,136 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.3239615454380558%.

If you're thinking of moving to one of these towns, you'll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Kansas share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 61 places in Kansas with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in Kansas for 2021:

  1. Prairie Village
  2. Bel Aire
  3. Leawood
  4. Andover
  5. Lenexa
  6. Olathe
  7. Overland Park
  8. Park City
  9. Shawnee
  10. Tonganoxie

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Kansas.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Kansas:

The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas For 2021

1. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,170
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $91,136
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Prairie Village: Real Estate | Photos

2. Bel Aire

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,858
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $90,795
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate

3. Leawood

Leawood, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,670
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $157,515
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Photos

4. Andover

Andover, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,062
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $89,302
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Andover: Real Estate | Photos

5. Lenexa

Lenexa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 54,011
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,102
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Lenexa: Real Estate | Photos

6. Olathe

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 137,618
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $90,435
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Olathe: Real Estate | Photos

7. Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 191,011
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Income: $86,487
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Photos

8. Park City

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,138
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $72,708
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Park City: Real Estate

9. Shawnee

Shawnee, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 65,540
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Income: $87,120
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Shawnee: Real Estate | Photos

10. Tonganoxie

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,359
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $72,469
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Tonganoxie: Real Estate

How We Determined The Richest Places In Kansas For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Kansas
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 61 places with more than 5,000 people in Kansas, we ranked each place from 1 to 61 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Prairie Village, crowned the "Richest City In Kansas For 2021". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 61 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Kansas For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Kansas, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Kansas.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Kansas, according to data:

Poorest: Coffeyville
2nd Poorest: Chanute
3rd Poorest: Pittsburg

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Kansas

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Prairie Village 4.33 $91,136
2 Bel Aire 4.33 $90,795
3 Leawood 4.33 $157,515
4 Andover 7.33 $89,302
5 Lenexa 8.33 $87,102
6 Olathe 9.33 $90,435
7 Overland Park 10.67 $86,487
8 Park City 13.0 $72,708
9 Shawnee 13.0 $87,120
10 Tonganoxie 13.33 $72,469
11 Mulvane 14.33 $69,042
12 Roeland Park 14.67 $75,965
13 Lansing 14.67 $89,213
14 Derby 15.33 $73,322
15 Mission 15.33 $61,144
16 De Soto 16.0 $60,625
17 Gardner 16.67 $78,180
18 Paola 17.67 $51,324
19 Mcpherson 17.67 $58,337
20 Spring Hill 21.33 $80,357
21 Eudora 22.0 $87,692
22 Basehor 23.33 $79,104
23 Newton 23.67 $55,405
24 Valley Center 23.67 $70,819
25 Colby 24.0 $56,358
26 Merriam 24.67 $63,806
27 Haysville 25.67 $54,484
28 Abilene 28.67 $50,183
29 Salina 29.67 $50,490
30 Garden City 30.67 $55,987
31 Junction City 32.67 $53,932
32 Leavenworth 34.33 $59,132
33 Pratt 35.33 $49,767
34 Hays 36.0 $50,040
35 Bonner Springs 37.0 $62,245
36 Augusta 37.0 $48,887
37 Independence 40.0 $41,778
38 Wichita 40.67 $52,620
39 Topeka 41.0 $47,999
40 Ulysses 41.0 $50,959
41 Wellington 41.0 $44,596
42 Lawrence 41.0 $53,639
43 Hutchinson 41.0 $46,927
44 Great Bend 41.67 $47,574
45 Fort Scott 42.67 $35,417
46 Ottawa 43.0 $46,808
47 Atchison 43.33 $46,465
48 Liberal 43.67 $48,629
49 Dodge City 44.67 $50,338
50 Winfield 44.67 $45,923
51 Concordia 45.67 $43,145
52 Manhattan 46.33 $50,537
53 Parsons 49.0 $39,949
54 El Dorado 50.67 $43,314
55 Arkansas City 52.0 $42,576
56 Kansas City 53.33 $45,665
57 Emporia 55.33 $40,525
58 Iola 56.0 $36,750
59 Pittsburg 56.67 $34,956
60 Chanute 57.67 $36,838
61 Coffeyville 59.0 $33,750

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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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  1. In your riches cities in Kansas please check out one other site that I believe you will find rather interesting. Westphalia KS. population I guess12 to 18 people. Houses (if livable) probably average $10,000. But check out the bank. You will be amazed at it’s size. The history behind it would give you an interesting read.

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