The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas For 2022


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

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Leawood, Andover, Prairie Village: 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.

Leawood in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $156,538 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.369111233066636%.

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 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 62 places in Kansas with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in Kansas for 2022:

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

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 2022

1. Leawood

Leawood, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,702
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $156,538
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Photos

2. Andover

Andover, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,609
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $98,320
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Andover: Real Estate | Photos

3. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, KS

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,255
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $88,196
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Prairie Village: Real Estate | Photos

4. Lenexa

Lenexa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 54,804
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $90,487
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Lenexa: Real Estate | Photos

5. Olathe

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 139,216
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $96,548
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Olathe: Real Estate | Photos

6. Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 193,412
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $87,629
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Photos

7. Shawnee

Shawnee, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 65,844
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $88,941
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Shawnee: Real Estate | Photos

8. Bel Aire

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,082
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Income: $84,605
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate

9. Spring Hill

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,992
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Median Income: $85,244
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Spring Hill: Real Estate

10. Gardner

Gardner, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,936
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Income: $78,193
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Gardner: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Kansas For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 62 places with more than 5,000 people in Kansas, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 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, Leawood, crowned the “Richest City In Kansas For 2022”. 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 62 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Kansas For 2022

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: Pittsburg
2nd Poorest: Coffeyville
3rd Poorest: El Dorado

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Kansas

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Leawood 4.0 $156,538
2 Andover 6.67 $98,320
3 Prairie Village 7.0 $88,196
4 Lenexa 8.0 $90,487
5 Olathe 8.67 $96,548
6 Overland Park 9.0 $87,629
7 Shawnee 11.33 $88,941
8 Bel Aire 12.33 $84,605
9 Spring Hill 13.33 $85,244
10 Gardner 13.67 $78,193
11 Park City 13.67 $67,286
12 Colby 14.67 $62,001
13 Paola 17.0 $52,417
14 Roeland Park 17.0 $73,786
15 Mcpherson 19.67 $57,931
16 Derby 20.0 $74,447
17 Lansing 21.67 $87,154
18 Tonganoxie 22.67 $75,417
19 Newton 23.0 $56,729
20 Eudora 23.0 $87,392
21 Bonner Springs 24.0 $68,250
22 Abilene 25.0 $47,829
23 Valley Center 26.67 $66,250
24 Mulvane 28.0 $65,286
25 Mission 28.33 $64,703
26 Garden City 29.0 $56,274
27 Basehor 30.0 $84,906
28 Maize 30.67 $59,856
29 De Soto 31.0 $60,568
30 Merriam 32.33 $63,347
31 Pratt 32.33 $52,243
32 Junction City 33.33 $52,159
33 Salina 33.33 $49,870
34 Leavenworth 33.67 $60,870
35 Liberal 34.67 $48,434
36 Dodge City 35.0 $52,654
37 Haysville 35.33 $54,982
38 Augusta 36.0 $52,274
39 Wellington 37.67 $48,279
40 Hays 38.0 $52,135
41 Lawrence 38.33 $55,598
42 Great Bend 39.0 $46,659
43 Hutchinson 39.33 $48,889
44 Ottawa 40.0 $47,233
45 Topeka 40.67 $49,647
46 Wichita 42.67 $53,466
47 Concordia 42.67 $44,185
48 Parsons 43.67 $41,091
49 Manhattan 44.67 $50,957
50 Independence 45.33 $38,963
51 Ulysses 47.0 $51,370
52 Fort Scott 47.0 $37,279
53 Atchison 47.67 $47,742
54 Winfield 48.33 $48,027
55 Arkansas City 49.0 $46,331
56 Emporia 49.67 $43,481
57 Chanute 50.0 $45,238
58 Iola 53.33 $39,107
59 Kansas City 53.67 $46,424
60 El Dorado 54.33 $41,467
61 Coffeyville 58.0 $34,727
62 Pittsburg 58.0 $34,353

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Kansas.

About Chris Kolmar

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