Ah, retirement…A time for people who have worked hard their entire lives to kick back and enjoy their golden years! And what better place to spend your retirement than in gorgeous and affordable Kansas?! We have done our research and have picked the 10 best places in the Sunflower State to retire in–all you have to do is choose which community is best for you!
1. Newton -- Population: 19,117 (16.9% of which are retirees)
Located just 25 miles north of Wichita, Newton and its many amenities, mild temperatures and affordability (with average monthly home costs of only $776), is the perfect place to kick back!
2. Concordia -- Population: 5,320 (18.8% of which are retirees)
Do you believe small town living to be the best kind of living? Yes? Then you belong in quiet Concordia, which boasts a low crime rate, affordable housing (with average monthly home costs of only $510), and a sense of pride like no other!
3. Lawrence -- Population: 92,763 (8.1% of which are retirees)
Though it may be on the pricier side,(with average monthly home costs of $985), Lawrence is a bustling and exciting city that offers unique shopping, outdoor activities, cultural events and much more.
4. Hays -- 21,038 (12.9% of which are retirees)
Small(er) town living has never been more fun than at Hays! Home to Fort Hays State University and a dedicated Arts Council, you will always find something new and exciting to do--and for an average monthly home cost of $725, it is also affordable!
5. Salina -- Population: 47,846 (15% of which are retirees)
Is wining, dining, and golfing your idea of the perfect retirement (Like it is mine)? Then you will love Salina's food and wine scene,(and its average monthly home cost of $748)!
6. Wichita -- Population: 388,413 (Percentage of retirees unavailable)
Do you consider yourself to be a jet setting retiree? Then you'll want to look into affordable Wichita, (with average monthly home costs of $683), and its easy accessibility to the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.
7. Pittsburg -- Population: 20,360 (12.4% of which are retirees)
Real estate website Motovo recently named Pittsburg their #1 best place to retire in Kansas because of its low crime rate, amenities (such as libraries, shops, etc.), and low cost of living, (with average monthly home costs of $670)--and we couldn't agree more!
8. Arkansas City -- Population: 12,340 (15.4% of which are retirees)
Easily the most inexpensive place on our list, (with average monthly home costs of $613), is historic Arkansas City and its charming downtown district!
9. Abilene -- Population: 6,771 (20.8% of which are retirees)
No wonder Ike liked Abilene; the cost of living is low (with average monthly home costs of $636), there are plenty of volunteer opportunities at the numerous local museums and the crime rate sits below the state average.
10. Leawood -- Population: 32,539 (11.1% of which are retirees)
What this picturesque Johnson County town lacks in affordable housing, (with average monthly home costs of $1,250), it makes up for in beautiful neighborhoods, parks and the peace of mind that comes with living in a low crime community.