The 10 Best Places To Live In Kansas For 2024

The best places to live in Kansas for 2024 are Leawood, Eudora, and Lenexa. Find out where your city or town ranks.

Are you thinking of picking up everything and moving to Kansas?

Whether you have decided to move as close as possible to the Jayhawks or couldn’t resist the burnt ends, we know it can be hard to find the ideal place to live. So we did the hard work for you.

We used Saturday Night Science to find the best place to live in Kansas. We compared data from the Census, FBI, and Zillow on factors like low crime, home prices, and incomes for the 56 cities over 5,000 people. After all, the data never lies.

It turns out you should pick up everything and move to Johnson County.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Table | Map | Methodology | Summary

The 10 Best Places To Live In Kansas For 2024

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

What city is the best place to live in Kansas for 2024? The best place to live in Kansas is Leawood, according to the most recent Zillow, FBI, and Census data.

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Northern Kansas City is a great place to live.

But, as most Kansasans would agree, almost every place here is incredible.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Kansas For 2024

Best Places To Live In Kansas Map

Leawood, KS

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Stat Leawood Kansas
Population 33,784 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 1
Median Home Value $681,534 $216,853
Median Income $174,779 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 1.5% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0207 0.0260

More on Leawood: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Not only is Leawood the best place to live in Kansas, but it’s also the only city on our top ten list to score a perfect 10/10 on our SnackAbility scale.

Leawood is used to being in the limelight as this is the second year in row that they have earned this rank–consistent strong numbers in areas like safety, affordability, education, and amenities, tend to do this to a city; and rightfully so as the crime rate here is below the national average. To put this in perspective, there were only 699 recorded last year.

In terms of cost of living, you will find savings comparable to the state average in transportation and utilities, but you’re going to pay the highest median home price at $681,534. On the flipside, the median household income here is $174,779/year. Not to mention, if you were wondering how Leawood would best support your family, just know that this city is one of the best places to raise your family in the state and it’s because they spend quite a bit per student.

Eudora, KS

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Stat Eudora Kansas
Population 6,025 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 5
Median Home Value $290,892 $216,853
Median Income $111,840 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 2.3% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0055 0.0260

More on Eudora: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

The birthplace of Hugh Beaumont, who famously played Ward Cleaver in “Leave It to Beaver,” Eudora is a city where residents are thriving so much, you would think the economy boom of the 1950s was happening all over again.

People here are earning the 3rd highest median household income in the state. And not only do residents make a good living, they also do not have to dish out lots of dough to support their lifestyle thanks to the area’s affordable rates for housing, transportation, groceries and other everyday expenses.

With plenty of money left over after the necessities are covered, tastings at BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard & Winery could easily become a regular occurrence. And given that the median age of community members is 37, it is likely you will be surrounded by plenty of young professionals during the establishment’s happy hours. A bonus for those looking to make friends on the younger side. If you want to mingle even more, Lawrence, one of the most populous cities in Kansas, is only a short drive away.

Lenexa, KS

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Stat Lenexa Kansas
Population 57,497 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 4
Median Home Value $421,663 $216,853
Median Income $101,074 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 2.6% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0179 0.0260

More on Lenexa: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Low crime and a low cost of living have transformed Kansas’ 3rd best place to live, Lenexa, into a Kansas hot spot. Up three spots from last year, it is now a top ten-er and a well deserving one at that.

First of all, the homes in Lenexa are the 3rd most expensive in the state of Kansas, with the average home worth a whopping $421,663.

Other numbers that stand out: the combined median household income for Lenexa’s residents is $101,074/year and the crime rate here is way below the national average. Basically, folks, it’s super safe here. In fact, it’s one of the safest cities in the state. And this is important when you are looking for a place with safe urban adventures for you and your family.

Speaking of adventures, Lenexa scored a 9/10 on our SnackAbility scale with its number of educated residents, its job market, commute times, and amenities at the forefront. Hop on the easily accessible concrete rivers here and enjoy Lenexa’s Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art or Shawnee Mission Park.

Overland Park, KS

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Stat Overland Park Kansas
Population 196,676 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 2
Median Home Value $423,348 $216,853
Median Income $100,876 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0262 0.0260

More on Overland Park: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Overland Park is one of the biggest cities in Kansas with 196,676, so the fact that it is also the 4th best place to live in the state and one of the best places to live in the United States is quite amazing.

So, how can the rest of the state as well as the rest of the country take a page from Overland Park’s book? Well, first you need to find out how to get your crime rate below the state average and below the national level like yours truly. You also need to figure out how to get your cost of living at a manageable level. Overland Park might have the 2nd highest median home price (because so many people want to move here), but the city’s median income of $100,876/year more than accounts for overall living expenses if you are part of the working class. And if you aren’t part of the working class here, you have no excuse as the unemployment rate in Overland Park is the 20th best unemployment rate at 3.2%.

Andover, KS

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Stat Andover Kansas
Population 15,460 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 3
Median Home Value $302,362 $216,853
Median Income $113,538 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 1.4% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0146 0.0260

More on Andover: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Andover is located about 20 miles east of Wichita in central Kansas. And, as other places on this list, it’s not only one of the best Wichita suburbs, but one of the best places to live in Kansas.

Andover ranks well because of the quality of the economy and the quality of the schools. The median income in Andover comes in at $113,538 which ranks as the 2nd highest in the state. The town of some 15,460 people has an unemployment rate that ranks 2nd lowest in the Sunflower State. And the Andover Public Schools earn a cool A- from Niche.

In terms of things to do in Andover, you can take your kids to Andover Central Park and then grab dinner at Poplar Restaurant with friends. For more grown ups things to do, there’s always Terradyne Country Club to spend a saturday morning.

Stat Bel Aire Kansas
Population 8,341 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 6
Median Home Value $258,410 $216,853
Median Income $91,979 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 2.3% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0170 0.0260

More on Bel Aire: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Is it time for a change? Are you bored with where you currently live? Have you ever thought about living in the Midwest? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, we recommend that you take a look at Kansas’ 6th best place to live, Bel Aire.

No, the Fresh Prince did not grow up here, but he probably wishes that he did with the Bel Aire’s low cost of living–this would have freed up a lot more money for his expensive taste. Yes, Bel Aire has one of the best median home price to income ratios. Incidentally, living expenses like health services, groceries, and utilities are relatively less expensive in Bel Aire compared to the state average. And your biggest concern in terms of safety would be to make sure that you lock your car doors at night as the crime rate here is below the state average with most of the incidents property related.

Normally one would think of The Sunflower State as a bunch of farm fields and prairie, but not in Bel Aire. Located slightly northeast of Wichita you get the best of all worlds–that laid back Kansas lifestyle inside Bel Aire’s city limits and some of the best nightlife a mere 15 minutes away in “the big city”.

Olathe, KS

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Stat Olathe Kansas
Population 142,114 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 8
Median Home Value $384,085 $216,853
Median Income $108,077 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0146 0.0260

More on Olathe: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

If you’re thinking about Olathe as your forever home, you better start thinking about it now as this city is not only the 7th best place to live in Kansas, it’s one of the fastest growing cities in America.

The homes in Olathe are the 6th highest in the state. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes mean a better place to live, but price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Olathe if they can afford it. And one way you can afford it is to get a job that pays the city’s median income of $108,077/year to cover your cost of living. But, you can expect to find a job pretty easily in Olathe as the job market here is pretty strong and the unemployment rate is the 19th at 3.2%.

Olathe is also crazy safe. The crime rate here is very low. And surprisingly, for a city of 142,114 residents, there were only 2,071 reported last year and a majority of them were property related–so lock your doors!

Spring Hill, KS

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Stat Spring Hill Kansas
Population 8,279 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 9
Median Home Value $400,863 $216,853
Median Income $105,194 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 2.3% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0140 0.0260

More on Spring Hill: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Spring Hill, located in Johnson County, Kansas, is ranked as the 8th best place to live in the state. This charming city offers a high quality of life and is known for its low cost of living. The median home price in Spring Hill is $400,863, which is quite affordable compared to other cities in the area.

The highlights of living in Spring Hill include an abundance of recreational activities and attractions. The city provides access to numerous parks, trails, and sports facilities, providing ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful surroundings. Spring Hill is conveniently located near larger cities like Olathe and Kansas City, offering easy access to a wide range of entertainment options, including shopping centers, restaurants, and cultural events.

Gardner, KS

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Stat Gardner Kansas
Population 23,488 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 7
Median Home Value $320,799 $216,853
Median Income $91,232 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0097 0.0260

More on Gardner: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Here’s an update on why Gardner is the 9th best places to live in Kansas and why it continues to be one of The Wheat State’s best of the best year after year.

Not only does Gardner have the youngest population in the state (31) running around keeping the city’s energy up and spending money on all of the fun things that Gardner has to offer: like, visiting the quaint coffee shops downtown and the annual Grand Slam Beer and Wine Festival, but the cost of living here is super manageable for anyone just starting out. And if you’re a youngster trying to date in one of the best places for singles in the state, you’re going to need the extra cash.

But, we’re not worried that Gardner’s 23,488 residents will figure it out–this small town did score a 9/10 for education on our SnackAbility scale with one of the highest high school graduation rates in the state. Not to mention, smart people know a good deal when they see one; and for Gardner, that deal looks like a median home price of $320,799. They also know how to earn the city’s median income of $91,232–the unemployment rate here is 4.3% and the poverty level is 6.2%.

Shawnee, KS

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Stat Shawnee Kansas
Population 67,671 2,935,922
Rank Last Year 10
Median Home Value $374,543 $216,853
Median Income $100,649 $69,747
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 4.0%
Crime Per Capita 0.0166 0.0260

More on Shawnee: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Next on our list of the best place to live in Kansas is Shawnee. Shawnee is a western suburb of Kansas City next to the Kansas River.

Shawnee is no stranger to our lists of great places as it perennially shows up on our list of safest and best thanks to low crime and a strong economy. The city ranks in the top 20% for property crime and for violent crime.

Some of the best things about living in Shawnee include of the many parks like Mill Creek Streamway Park and museums. There are also a number of breweries popping up as the town continues to grow. You’ll find the Transport Brewery and the Servaes Brewing Company in town.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Kansas

Best Places To Live In Kansas Size Requirement

Before we even started to collect data on the best places to live in Kansas, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Topeka, with a population of 126,431, against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So, to create our ranking, we broke the best places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This filter left 56 cities, 140 towns, and 412 small towns.

We then decided no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Kansas have more of everything, and therefore, you need over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best.’

Methodology: How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Kansas

Now that we had our set of the best possible cities, it was time to rank them using Saturday Night Science.

We ranked each place in Kansas across a number of criteria from one to 56, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, crowning the city posting the lowest overall score, the “Best Place To Live In Kansas.”

The criteria we looked to determine the best places were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data, FBI Crime Data, and Zillow. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking Kansas’s best places to live.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Kansas. Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Leawood at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Summary: The Best Places In Kansas

If you’re looking at areas in Kansas with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

The best places to live in Kansas are Leawood, Eudora, Lenexa, Overland Park, Andover, Bel Aire, Olathe, Spring Hill, Gardner, and Shawnee.

Leawood made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Kansas for 2024.

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Kansas according to the data:

  1. Chanute (Pop. 8,713)
  2. Iola (Pop. 5,395)
  3. Coffeyville (Pop. 8,842)

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Best Places To Live In Kansas Table

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value Median Income Rent Crime Per Capita
1 Leawood 33,784 1.5% $681,534 $174,779 $1,872 0.0207
2 Eudora 6,025 2.3% $290,892 $111,840 $1,356 0.0055
3 Lenexa 57,497 2.6% $421,663 $101,074 $1,373 0.0179
4 Overland Park 196,676 3.2% $423,348 $100,876 $1,378 0.0262
5 Andover 15,460 1.4% $302,362 $113,538 $1,565 0.0146
6 Bel Aire 8,341 2.3% $258,410 $91,979 $1,418 0.0170
7 Olathe 142,114 3.2% $384,085 $108,077 $1,229 0.0146
8 Spring Hill 8,279 2.3% $400,863 $105,194 $1,001 0.0140
9 Gardner 23,488 4.3% $320,799 $91,232 $1,234 0.0097
10 Shawnee 67,671 3.2% $374,543 $100,649 $1,168 0.0166
11 Goddard 5,119 3.6% $282,347 $87,385 $1,646 0.0104
12 Lansing 11,254 3.6% $286,136 $100,863 $1,173 0.0142
13 McPherson 13,955 2.8% $196,232 $69,807 $903 0.0204
14 Mission 9,894 3.9% $290,183 $78,915 $1,141 0.0534
15 Roeland Park 6,848 3.6% $294,697 $84,848 $1,393 0.0423
16 Colby 5,403 0.4% $164,226 $62,937 $736 0.0176
17 Derby 25,551 4.0% $258,532 $79,581 $1,073 0.0245
18 Tonganoxie 5,484 5.0% $344,779 $71,333 $1,163 0.0069
19 Basehor 7,004 9.9% $401,427 $100,608 $1,045 0.0083
20 Hays 21,111 3.5% $233,644 $55,349 $852 0.0228
21 Manhattan 54,287 4.5% $252,470 $55,316 $977 0.0205
22 Mulvane 6,003 7.5% $215,120 $67,766 $1,148 0.0182
23 Haysville 10,891 5.2% $189,870 $66,382 $939 0.0129
24 Valley Center 8,448 8.3% $235,417 $70,531 $885 0.0097
25 Paola 5,742 1.8% $334,271 $69,420 $935 0.0153
26 Ottawa 12,615 2.0% $196,371 $61,927 $870 0.0228
27 Augusta 9,253 3.2% $195,681 $59,536 $869 0.0303
28 Abilene 6,489 3.2% $133,296 $54,948 $735 0.0145
29 Merriam 11,070 6.2% $290,519 $69,414 $1,117 0.0626
30 Lawrence 95,103 5.2% $292,989 $59,834 $1,038 0.0268
31 Maize 6,071 4.8% $277,240 $88,075 $1,232 0.0305
32 Ulysses 5,834 4.5% $139,251 $62,138 $674 0.0033
33 Liberal 19,099 2.7% $134,994 $55,602 $825 0.0148
34 Pratt 6,588 3.5% $93,082 $61,117 $766 0.0188
35 El Dorado 12,882 3.4% $145,347 $52,921 $852 0.0241
36 Emporia 24,118 3.2% $149,266 $49,661 $758 0.0219
37 Salina 46,734 4.0% $164,317 $56,945 $863 0.0364
38 Bonner Springs 7,770 2.5% $271,621 $82,208 $1,084 0.0260
39 Leavenworth 37,193 4.6% $225,494 $67,360 $1,087 0.0295
40 Hutchinson 39,995 4.6% $129,629 $55,265 $852 0.0267
41 De Soto 6,248 7.5% $375,929 $102,685 $1,003 0.0626
42 Newton 18,527 5.3% $152,576 $66,528 $876 0.0329
43 Atchison 10,834 6.2% $136,676 $50,344 $763 0.0293
44 Winfield 11,804 6.4% $120,353 $55,850 $800 0.0307
45 Topeka 126,431 5.0% $174,701 $54,052 $926 0.0464
46 Great Bend 14,725 4.8% $109,069 $53,885 $739 0.0268
47 Fort Scott 7,569 4.5% $108,652 $45,206 $798 0.0308
48 Wichita 395,951 5.7% $183,706 $60,712 $915 0.0444
49 Wellington 7,710 5.2% $96,412 $48,333 $807 0.0283
50 Parsons 9,564 1.6% $67,778 $48,990 $740 0.0444
51 Pittsburg 20,610 4.0% $119,185 $42,371 $825 0.0479
52 Independence 8,556 2.8% $95,797 $48,514 $743 0.0369
53 Concordia 5,080 7.0% $101,201 $45,000 $711 0.0346
54 Chanute 8,713 7.2% $86,204 $52,608 $636 0.0283
55 Iola 5,395 6.7% $72,294 $46,351 $737 0.0467
56 Coffeyville 8,842 7.0% $49,965 $41,220 $732 0.0404

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.