Smack dab in the middle of America, Kansas is the quintessential Midwestern state. Amongst its golden plains and prairie lands, you’ll discover lively culture and some of the most affordable housing in the country. Oh yeah, let’s not forget the mouth-watering BBQ! From millennials to retirees enjoying their golden years, new folks are welcome with open arms in the Sunflower State.

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Living in Kansas: What to Know Before Moving to Kansas

Moving to the Wheat State? If so, you’ll want to consider a few things before heading to the 15th largest state by size (82,277 square miles) and the 35th largest state by population (2.91 million).

Pros and Cons of Living in Kansas


  • Low cost of living: Kansas offers some of the lowest living expenses in the United States. And with its major agriculture and manufacturing production, items tend to be cheaper.
  • Buying a house: According to Kansas Home Prices & Values by Zillow, the midwestern state has a current median home value of just $151,212 (with a median listing price of $184,900).
  • Central location: Bordered by Nebraska (north), Oklahoma (south), Missouri (east), and Colorado (west), Kansas is situated in a prime location for commuting and recreation.
  • Fun times: The stereotype is that the state is too rural and lacks entertainment. Not true! Kansas City, for instance, is one of many cities that offers everything from great nightlife to festivals.
  • Friendly folks: When we say Kansans open their arms, we mean it. They are extremely friendly. It’s also a great source of pride to share their unique version of Midwest hospitality.
  • Delicious barbecue: Okay, we mentioned this already in the intro, but it deserves all the praise! This claim is contentious, but a lot of folks consider Kansas City BBQ the best in America.
  • $15,000 incentive: On top of all the pros above, the city of Topeka is currently offering an incentive of up to $15K to encourage new professionals and talent to move to the urban area.


  • Challenging climate: Kansas has three separate climates (humid sub-tropical, humid continental, and semi-arid). In short, it can either get extremely hot and humid no matter where you live in the state.
  • Tornadoes: Unfortunately, twisters are just a way of life. The state lies right in Tornado Alley, and it sees 60+ tornadoes each year. Best to be prepared if you decide to move here.
  • Lack of public transportation: Other than Kansas City, there’s not much in the way of alternative transportation options. Yes, if you want to get around, you’ll need access to a vehicle.
  • Flat like a pancake: It’s so flat here that scientists have tried to compare it to a pancake. There are some hills, but if you like more mountainous terrain, Kansas may not be for you.
  • Distance between towns: This is particularly true in the western portion of the state. When you travel, be prepared for long stretches of prairie lands, farms, and nothing much else.
  • Wacky laws: There are weird statutes in every state, including Kansas. For example, it’s illegal to kick a vending machine in Derby. Also, you can’t wear a bee in your hat in Lawrence.

Is Kansas a Good Place to Live?

Kansas is a great place to live for its barbecue alone, but also because it has a low cost of living, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. It’s a common misconception that there’s nothing to do in this rural haven, but Kansas City has incredible nightlife and exciting festivals. And of course, we have to emphasize the state’s world-famous barbecue that’s arguably the best in the country.

What Is Kansas Best Known For?

  • Wheat Capital: Kansas is the leading producer of wheat in the country. In fact, Sumner County is often regarded as the wheat capital of the world.
  • White Castle: Often regarded as the very first hamburger chain in the United States, White Castle was founded in Wichita.
  • Farmland: Over 80 percent of the state’s land is used for agriculture, and the state boasts nearly 60,000 farms that produce everything from cattle to sorghum.
  • Tornadoes: Due to its location, Kansas is prone to severe weather including tornadoes. Experiencing an average of over 50 tornadoes annually, Kansas earns its designation as part of “Tornado Alley.” 
  • Hugoton Gas Field: This gas field is the largest in the country and the second largest in the world, covering an area larger than Rhode Island.

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 0.63%. The effective real-estate tax rate is #10 lowest in the US.
  • Sales Tax: Kansas’ base state sales tax rate: 6.5%. With local taxes: 6.5–10.6%.
  • Income Tax: There are three income tax rates: 3.1%, 5.25%, and 5.7%.

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? Overall, it is a cheaper option to rent rather than buy a home in Kansas. The median monthly mortgage payment is $1,310, while the median monthly rent is about $800. This difference between the two is approximately $510 per month or over $6,100 per year.

  • Median Home Value: $150,700
  • Median Rental Expense: $669 (1BR), $857 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Kansas:

  1. Pratt
  2. Ulysses
  3. Parsons
  4. Concordia
  5. Mulvane
  6. Wellington
  7. Arkansas City
  8. Bel Aire
  9. Atchison
  10. Park City

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living in Kansas by BestPlaces, Kansas has a cost of living index of 83.1. This index is lower than the national average of 100.

Using EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, we can compare the average monthly costs in three Kansas cities. We’ll use a family of four for these examples (2 adults + 2 children).

Topeka Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $786
  2. Food = $722
  3. Childcare = $1,184
  4. Transportation = $1,181
  5. Healthcare = $1,190
  6. Other necessities = $608
  7. Taxes = $827
  8. Grand total = $6,499 per month or $77,991 per year

Kansas City Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $869
  2. Food = $747
  3. Childcare = $1,176
  4. Transportation = $1,173
  5. Healthcare = $1,059
  6. Other necessities = $652
  7. Taxes = $859
  8. Grand total = $6,534 per month or $78,407 per year

Wichita Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $807
  2. Food = $744
  3. Childcare = $1,210
  4. Transportation = $1,196
  5. Healthcare = $1,165
  6. Other necessities = $626
  7. Taxes = $849
  8. Grand total = $6,597 per month or $79,169 per year

Weather & Natural Disasters

Kansas can be split into three distinct climates: humid continental, semi-arid, and humid sub-tropical.

Approximately two-thirds of the state experiences a humid continental climate. This results in hot, humid summers and winters that range from cool to frigid. In the western region of Kansas, it has a semiarid climate. This leads to hot, dry summers. In the south, there’s a humid sub-tropical climate. This results in weather similar to the humid continental zone, but with more precipitation.

Climate Statistics:

  1. Average rainfall – 33 inches
  2. Average snowfall – 15 inches
  3. Sunshine – 230 sunny days
  4. Summer high – 91°F (July)
  5. Winter low – 19°F (January)

The state of Kansas experiences several natural disaster risks, but none as threatening as tornadoes. Lying in what is known as Tornado Alley, the state has seen no less than 60 twisters annually for many years. To prepare, check out the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Plan and Ready tornado resource.

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Tornadoes
  2. Flooding
  3. Thunderstorms & Lightning
  4. Winter Storms
  5. Windstorms
  6. Earthquakes
  7. Drought
  8. Extreme Heat
  9. Landslides
  10. Wildfires

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News & World Report, Kansas is currently ranked #36 in the United States. This score is based on three subcategories: the business environment (#29), employment (#30), and growth (#39). Its GDP is approximately $159.1 billion, and the median income is $30,146.

Top Industries:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Healthcare
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Retail
  5. Education
  6. Construction
  7. Hospitality
  8. Professional
  9. Finance & Insurance
  10. Government

Top Employers:

  1. Koch Industries (Wichita, 70,000 employees)
  2. Butler Transport (Kansas City, 48,000 employees)
  3. Dillons (Hutchinson, 47,000 employees)
  4. YRC Worldwide (Overland Park, 32,000 employees)
  5. NPC International (Pittsburg, 29,000 employees)
  6. Sprint (Overland Park, 28,000 employees)
  7. AMC Theatres (Leawood, 22,300 employees)
  8. Payless ShoeSource (Topeka, 18,000 employees)
  9. Favorite Healthcare Staffing (Overland Park, 15,000 employees)
  10. Spirit AeroSystems (Wichita, 14,400 employees)
  11. Seaboard (Mission, 12,000 employees)
  12. Via Christi Health (Wichita, 10,000 employees)
  13. The University of Kansas (Lawrence, 7,600 employees)
  14. Dairy Farmers of America (Kansas City, 5,500 employees)
  15. Euronet Worldwide (Leawood, 6,200 employees)
  16. Associated Wholesale Grocers (Kansas City, 5,500 employees)
  17. KBP Foods (Overland Park, 4,500 employees)
  18. Stormont Vail Health (Topeka, 4,500 employees)
  19. University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, 4,270 employees)
  20. Ashland Hospital (Ashland, 4,200 employees)

Looking for work in Kansas? Here are some useful resources:

  1. page: State Employment Center – Kansas
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

Outside of Kansas City, there isn’t a whole lot of public transportation options. Most residents (especially those in rural areas) are reliant on cars, trucks, and other personal vehicles. Nonetheless, the state still offers several options for getting around the Sunflower State.

Major Forms of Transportation:

  1. Airports (about 300 designated landing areas)
  2. Highways (rural and urban interstate highways)
  3. Inland Waterways (including 122 miles of Missouri River)
  4. Rail (6th longest rail network at 4,855 miles)
  5. Roads (roads and highways total more than 140,000 miles)

Primary Interstate Highways:

  • Interstate 35: I-35 runs a distance of 235.5 miles from the Oklahoma state line in South Haven to the Missouri state line in Kansas City. It travels from the Mexico border to Duluth, MN.
  • Interstate 35W: At 95.7 miles in length, I-35W is the shortest primary interstate highway section in Kansas. It goes from I-35/Kansas Turnpike in Wichita to I-70/US-40/US-81 in Salina.
  • Interstate 70: Last but certainly not least, we have I-70 – the longest interstate highway in KS at 424.2 miles. It travels from the CO state line in Kanorado to the MO state line in Kansas City.

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by WalletHub, Kansas comes in at #11 in the country. This ranking is based on four subcategories: cost of ownership & maintenance (#12), traffic & infrastructure (#6), safety (#41), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#30).

Things to Do

Tourist Destinations:

The Wheat State is home to rich American history and natural attractions.

  • Botanica, The Wichita Gardens:  Found in the city of Wichita, this delightful, year-round attraction housing 30 themed gardens, from Shakespeare Garden to Monster Woods.
  • Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home: Dedicated to the 34th President of the United States. Visitors get to explore the man’s life via a complex of five buildings.
  • Kansas State Capitol: Considered a gem among architectural buffs, the capitol building sits at the heart of the capital city of Kansas, Topeka. Enjoy several daily tours and public exhibits.
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: Home to the last 4% of America’s majestic tallgrass prairie, this preserve can be explored by a self-guided smartphone tour, bus tour, or leisurely hike.
  • Boot Hill: Ever want to experience what the Wild West was like back in the 1800s? Here’s the perfect opportunity. Located in Dodge City, Boot Hill depicts the era’s lifestyle to a T.

Food & Drink:

Kansas is a foodie’s dream (especially BBQ)! Here are the top picks:

  • Top All-You-Can-Eat: Cinzetti’s (Overland Park)
  • Top Bar: Johnny’s Tavern (Lawrence)
  • Top Beer: Buffalo Sweat, Tallgrass Brewing Company (Manhattan)
  • Top Brunch: Urban Table (Prairie Village)
  • Top Burger: Cozy Inn (Salina)
  • Top Chili: Woodyard Bar-B-Que (Kansas City)
  • Top Chocolate Shop: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates (Wichita)
  • Top Coffee Shop: PT’s at College Hill (Topeka)
  • Top Donuts: Hana’s Donuts (Kansas City)
  • Top Food Truck: The Flying Stove (Wichita)

State Parks:

Want to explore Kansas’ midwestern beauty? Consider these popular state parks:

  • Milford State Park: Gorgeous lake, fishing, and cabins. Located in Milford.
  • Clinton State Park: Lake, golfing, camping, and more. Located in Lawrence.
  • Wilson Reservoir: Tons of hike and bike paths. Located in Sylvan Grove.
  • Scott State Park: Awesome valley, lake, and trails. Located in Scott City.
  • Mushroom Rock State Park: Home of rock formations. Located in Marquette.


There are 120+ museums to explore in Kansas. Here are the Top 5 picks:

  • Evel Knieval Museum: Celebrating the world-famous, death-defying daredevil.
  • Strataca: Explore this active salt mine at a depth of 650 feet underground.
  • Fort Larned National Historic Site: Delve into the history of the Indian Wars era.
  • Cosmosphere: Houses the largest collection of US and Russian space artifacts.
  • Sternberg Museum of Natural History: Dedicated to Great Plains plants and animals.

Cool & Unusual:

Looking for something different in Kansas? Check out:

  • World’s Largest Collection of Smallest Versions of Largest Things: The title kind of says it all. Erika Nelson travels around America, finds the largest things, and then makes miniature replicas.
  • Oz Museum: If you like The Wizard of Oz, you’ll love this collection of all things Oz! Located in Wamego, this museum captures the wonder and magic of the beloved book and films.
  • Giant Van Gogh Painting: Yes, there’s a humongous replica of the famous painter’s Three Sunflowers in a Vase just off the highway. Fitting, though, in the Sunflower State.
  • Truckhenge: Originally meant as a response to local officials wanting the owner to clean up his property, these propped up vehicles serve as an eccentric kind of folk art in Topeka.
  • The Garden of Eden: We conclude this list of cool & unusual places with a self-built house. Considered one of the “Eight Wonders of Kansas Art,” the creator is in a glass coffin here.

Schools and Universities

Ranked #27 among states with the best schools by USA Today, Kansas has the 23rd highest high-school graduation rate (nearly 88%) and the 25th lowest public-school spending ($11,761 per student). As for higher education, the state is home to several notable colleges and universities.

Top KS Colleges:

  1. University of Kansas (Lawrence)
  2. Kansas State University (Manhattan)
  3. Washburn University (Topeka)
  4. Wichita State University (Wichita)
  5. MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe)
  6. Baker University (Baldwin City)
  7. Newman University (Wichita)
  8. Ottawa University (Ottawa)
  9. Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg)
  10. Friends University (Wichita)

Top KS Public School Districts:

  1. Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park)
  2. DeSoto Unified School District (De Soto)
  3. West Elk Unified School District (Howard)
  4. Olathe Public Schools (Olathe)
  5. Auburn Washburn Unified School District (Topeka)
  6. Shawnee Mission School District (Shawnee Mission)
  7. Maize Unified School District (Maize)
  8. Weskan Unified School District (Weskan)
  9. Silver Lake Unified School District (Silver Lake)
  10. Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District #383 (Manhattan)

How to Become a Kansas Resident

Becoming an official resident of Kansas offers several benefits, including for tax, hunting, and in-state tuition purposes. Here are several ways to show Kansas residency:

  1. Move to the state and establishing domicile
  2. Own or rent place for longer than 90 days
  3. Gain employment in the state
  4. Obtain a new driver’s license
  5. Title and register vehicles here
  6. Register to vote in Kansas
  7. File taxes for the state of KS
  8. Enroll kid(s) in a school district

As for college tuition, we recommend you research the requirements of every college or university in which you are interested. Each institution utilizes its own set of criteria to determine eligibility.

Moving to Kansas DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

After moving to the state, new residents have 90 days to get a KS driver’s license.

Steps to getting a new license:

  1. Establish Kansas residency
  2. Present proof of residence and ID
  3. Surrender out-of-state license
  4. If expired (for one year or less), must pass all applicable written exams
  5. Pass a vision screening
  6. Pay applicable fees

Vehicle registration:

New KS residents must register an out-of-state vehicle within 90 days.

To do so, visit a local county treasurer’s office. Present the following: 1) Title OR properly signed manufacturer’s statement of origin (MSO) 2) Proof of insurance 3) Odometer Disclosure Statement 4) Sales tax receipt OR bill of sale/invoice 5) Payment of property tax 6) Applicable fees.

To qualify to vote, you must be:

  1. A citizen of the United States
  2. A resident of the state of Kansas
  3. 18 years or older on election day
  4. Not under felony conviction or sentence
  5. Not disqualified due to a court order

Kansas allows online voter registration. The state also allows no-excuse absentee voting or early voting. Voters in Kansas are required to present valid photo ID at the polls on election day. Kansas residents can also register to vote by mail or in person. The state does not permit same-day registration.

Note: A felon in Kansas has their voting rights automatically restored upon completion of sentence.

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Best Places to Live in Kansas

Kansas City

Population: 153,000
Median Home Value: $112,500
Region: Western Kansas

First, we stop in Kansas City, KS. The city finds itself in a pretty interesting situation. It straddles two states (split at the border, with a majority of it in Missouri). Aside from that, the Kansas side is an amazing place to live. Here, 56% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are average.

Kansas City (or KCK) is the third largest city in the state. A great area to live for young professionals and families alike, it offers cheap cost of living (especially compared to most major metro areas in America). Along with great job opportunities, parks & trails, top BBQ, and a plethora of great amenities, KCK offers amazing Midwestern hospitality. It may be a city, but folks are still friendly and welcoming here.

Of course, every urban area has its issues. For Kansas City, there’s definitely room for improvement when it comes to public education and crime & safety rates.

  • Top public schools: Park Hill South High School, Lakeview Middle School, Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, Indian Hills Middle School, and Hawthorne Elementary School.
  • Top private schools: Bishop Ward High School, St. Patrick School, Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral, and Christ the King Elementary School.
  • Colleges: Kansas City Community College and Donnelly College.
  • Top neighborhoods/suburbs: Overland Park, Brookside, Leawood, River Market, Crossroads Arts District, Westport, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center District, and West 39th Street.

Looking to live where the action is happening in Kansas? Kansas City is the place to be!


Population: 34,200
Median Home Value: $494,500
Region: Western Kansas

Next, we take a tour of Leawood, KS. This city of less than 35,000 is considered the #1 suburb to raise a family in Kansas. An astounding 91% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are exceptional.

What makes Leawood such a great place to live, particularly for families? To start, it has the highest median income and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Neighborhoods are safe and clean, and the public schools receive A+ ratings. No surprise, Leawood ranks #1 on The Crazy Tourist’s 15 Best Places to Live in Kansas and HomeSnacks’ The 10 Best Places to Live in Kansas for 2020.

As for downsides, housing prices are quite a bit higher than Kansas City and other parts of the state. The area also lacks diversity and a vibrant nightlife. That said, this is the best suburb in all of Kansas, and you definitely get what you pay for here.

  • Top public schools: Blue Valley North High School, Blue Valley High School, Sunrise Point Elementary School, Prairie Star Middle School, and Overland Trail Middle School
  • Top private schools: St. Michael the Archangel School, and Nativity Parish School
  • Top college: Saint Paul School of Theology. 

In search of the best place to raise kids in Kansas (and possibly the best place to live in the state overall)? Look no further than Leawood.

Overland Park

Population: 191,300
Median Home Value: $314,400
Region: Western Kansas

Located in Johnson County, Overland Park is the second most populous city in Kansas. As a “suburb” of Kansas City, it’s currently recognized as the #1 city to buy a house in America. 63% of residents own their homes, and public schools are highly ranked.

Overland Park, also called OP, is also considered one of the Top 25 cities to live in the country. Ideal for young families, young professionals, and retirees, OP offers a great mix of affordability, stellar schools, topnotch amenities, and so much more. It’s also home to a vibrant downtown, to boot.

  • Top public schools: Blue Valley North High School, Blue Valley High School, Blue Valley West High School, Blue Valley Northwest High School, and Heartland Elementary School
  • Top private schools: Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Christian Schools, Accelerated Schools of Overland Park, and Ascension School
  • Top colleges: Johnson County Community College, Cleveland University – Kansas City, Mitsu Sato Hair Academy, Ottawa University – Kansas City
  • Top neighborhoods: Cherry Hill Estates, Nall Hills, Sylvan Grove, Pinehurst, and Oak Park

Looking for a great city in Kansas to live, work, and play? KCK might be the first that comes to mind, but Overland Park certainly gives it, and most other cities in the US a run for their money!

Prairie Village

Population: 22,400
Median Home Value: $314,200
Region: Western Kansas

Arguably the best suburb to live in Kansas, Prairie Village, is a smaller city found in Johnson County. About 78% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are highly rated.

Also known as PV, Prairie Village borders the city of Leawood. It has a small-town vibe and provides cheaper housing options compared to its more populated neighbor. The city is safe, clean, and quiet, with plenty of starter, medium, and large homes. Median household income is approximately $84,100, and the schools (like SMSD) are wonderful. Plus, it offers convenient commuting to Kansas City.

  • Looking for top public schools in Prairie Village, Kansas? Check out Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Elementary School, Indian Hills Middle School, Briarwood Elementary School, and Corinth Elementary School.
  • In search of private education? Consider Kansas City Christian School, St. Ann School, Highlawn Montessori School, Global Montessori Academy, and Monarch Montessori School.

Those in the market for more affordable housing and a small-town feel close to Leawood should put this outstanding suburb at the top of the list.


Population: 127,000
Median Home Value: $121,350
Region: Western Kansas

Topeka, a city of 127,000, situated in Shawnee County along the Kansas River, is the capital city of Kansas. It’s also currently ranked as one of the Top 35 cities to buy a house in the United States. 57% own their homes, and the public schools rank above average.

Conveniently nestled between Lawrence and Manhattan, Topeka offers great opportunities and amenities. Something that may surprise some is the fact that the city has seen a growing arts scene in the last few years. From North Topeka Arts District (NOTO) to First Friday Art Walk, art is thriving here! Topeka is also proud of its anti-slavery past and social justice. It is home to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, along with the Mulvane Art Museum and Washburn University.

On top of many great selling points, the city of Topeka is currently offering an incentive of up to $15,000 to help encourage new talent and professionals to make Kansas’ capital city their new home.

Like other metro areas, Topeka isn’t without its drawbacks. The top issue is crime & safety. Rates have increased in recent years. Also, the weather can be quite extreme.

  • Top public schools: Jay Shideler Elementary School, Washburn Rural High School, Farley Elementary School, Indian Hills Elementary School, and Washburn Rural Middle School.
  • Top private schools: Cair Paravel Latin School, Hayden High School, Heritage Christian School, and Christ the King School.
  • Top colleges: Washburn University, Bryan University – Topeka, and Washburn Institute of Technology.

Kansas, as a whole, offers some great housing prices, and Topeka is no exception. If you’re looking for all the benefits that a capital city has to offer, this one should be on your radar.

Bel Aire

Population: 8,000
Median Home Value: $187,400
Region: Central Kansas

Moving on to Central Kansas, we check out Bel Aire, KS. The city of 8,000 is found in Sedgwick County. It’s also one of the top suburbs of the Wichita metro area. Approximately 83% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are considered average.

Currently ranked as the #2 suburb to live in the Wichita area, Bel Aire homes are beautiful and well-constructed, and the neighborhoods are very safe. It also boasts the second highest median household income in the state, along with short commute times to other parts to the city of Wichita. The city’s tagline is the “city of the future with respect for its past,” and it earns it.

As for downsides, there is room for improvement with regards to public K–12 education. Other than that, Bel Aire offers an attractive suburban lifestyle at an extremely reasonable price.

  • Looking for top public schools in Bel Aire, Kansas? Check out Wheatland Elementary School, Andover Middle School, Andover High School, Northeast Magnet High School, and Circle Greenwich Elementary School
  • Want private education? Consider Sunrise Christian Academy and Resurrection Catholic School

If you’re in search of the perfect mix of country and city in Kansas, you’ve found it in Bel Aire!

North Newton

Population: 2,000
Median Home Value: $174,100
Region: Central Kansas

Next, we visit North Newton. This small town in Harvey County ranks as the #1 place to live in the Wichita area. Around 61% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are above average.

North Newton might be tiny – the population hovers at about 2,000 residents – but it offers a good bit. Providing a cozy, small-town feel, it’s home to nice neighborhoods, friendly residents, walking trails, and even a disc golf course. The area is extremely quiet and safe, tucked away from the noise and congestion of the city of Wichita. To boot, the median home value is approximately only $174,100. As for drawbacks, the median age is 46. If you’re younger, this might not be the best option for you. Regardless, North Newton is the safest suburb in the entire state.

  • Public schools: In search of the best public schools serving North Newton, Kansas? Check out Northridge Elementary School, Newton Senior High School, Sunset Elementary School, Santa Fe Fifth & Sixth Grade Center, and Walton Rural Life Center
  • Colleges: The town is also home to Bethel College – Kansas.

Want to live in a highly rated small town that’s a fairly short trip (approximately 30 minutes away) from work and play opportunities in Wichita? North Newton checks that box and many more.


Population: 390,600
Median Home Value: $135,100
Region: Central Kansas

We end our tour in Wichita. As the county seat of Sedgwick County, it’s the largest city in Kansas (with a population of more than 390,000). The city is also currently the #45 best city to buy a house in America. 60% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are considered average.

As a top millennial city, Wichita is known as the “Air Capital of the World” for its aircraft production history. It is also one of the friendliest cities in the nation, sporting that classic midwestern hospitality. Top spots include Downtown Wichita, Wichita Art Museum, Keeper of the Plains, Mid-American All-Indian Center, and Wichita State University, among many other attractions, activities, and nightlife.

As for drawbacks, the city gets some wacky weather. It’s also especially windy here. There is also room for improvement when it comes to public schools and crime & safety ratings.

  • Top public schools: Wheatland Elementary School, Andover Middle School, Andover Central Middle School, Andover Central High School, and Maize South Elementary School
  • Top private schools: Wichita Collegiate School, The Independent School, Trinity Academy, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, and Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Top colleges: Newman University, Friends University, Wichita State University, WSU Tech, and Wichita Technical Institute
  • Top neighborhoods: Rockhurst, Crown Heights, College Hill, Forest Hills, and Sleepy Hollow

Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Wichita offers great opportunities, awesome amenities, and cheap housing as the business hub of Kansas while still offering an inviting, small-town vibe.

Kansas FAQs

What is Kansas best known for?

Kansas, nicknamed the Sunflower State, is best known for its beautiful sunflower fields. You can find these expansive stretches of farmland in areas like Wichita, Hutchison, and Emporia. Kansas also has a long history of producing wheat crops thanks to the fertile soil that you’ll find throughout the state and is known as the “Wheat State”.

And while you’re here watching all those plants grow on their way to becoming your breakfast cereal or dinner bread- consider planting some yourself! The climate of Kansas makes it an ideal location for growing fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, and other garden-fresh table fares.

Is it expensive to live in Kansas?

The cost of living in Kansas is relatively low. For instance, a gallon of milk costs about $0.89 and a dozen eggs are below the national average at $0.99 per dozen (those prices represent savings of roughly 22%!) What’s more, Interstate 70 offers free travel for those who live on both sides of it, so you can easily commute to other states without paying tolls! There are also many affordable housing options available all over the state – making this an excellent option for people looking to save money while still having access to high-quality services and facilities. The cost of living in Kansas is very reasonable, there are plenty of jobs available with competitive wages, and quality healthcare is readily accessible.

What is the most dangerous city in Kansas?

Wichita is the most dangerous city in Kansas. The United States Census Bureau statistics show that Wichita has a higher crime rate than other major cities in the state, including Topeka and Lawrence. Lawrence’s crime rates are far below those of most other cities with populations over 100,000 people. Kansas City also has high crime rates but if you’re looking for safety close to an urban environment then it might be worth considering as well!

  • Wichita Violent Crime Index: 852 per 100K residents
  • Kansas City Violent Crime Index: 780 per 100K residents
  • Topeka Violent Crime Index: 606 per 100K residents
  • Lawrence Violent Crime Index: 458 per 100K residents

What is a good salary in Kansas City?

The median salary for Kansas City is $59,000.00 per year according to recent studies. It typically ranges from a low of $25,000 to a high of $101,250 with the average being around $58-63k annually. This of course depends on the type of job and level within a company (managerial positions etc.). The top employers currently in the area include Koch Industries, Sprint, AMC Theaters, Payless ShoeSource, as well as many other small businesses.

How to Move to Kansas State

2-3 Months Before Moving Day

  • First, plan: Want a drama-free moving experience? Begin by giving yourself ample time to plan and perform your Kansas relocation properly. In general, it’s best to start at least eight to 12 weeks before your anticipated moving date. As soon as possible is the best course.
  • Hire a KS moving company: To begin, compare several candidates (at least three to five). Be sure they are all fully licensed and insured for your type of move. Hire as early as possible. Great Guys makes the whole process super easy. Contact us today for a seamless KS relocation.
  • Notify everyone: Don’t make the mistake of not letting folks know about your upcoming move. Rent? Tell your landlord ASAP to avoid issues with your reference and deposit. Own? Hire a real estate pro to handle the sale or rental process. Don’t forget friends, family, and neighbors!
  • Take inventory & declutter: Decluttering (also known as purging) is a great way to save space and money. Begin by taking inventory of your household. Then, one room at a time, sort through items. Decide what you want to keep or discard. Place in piles or label accordingly.
  • Sell, donate, recycle: Finished sorting through everything? Great! To get rid of disused or worn belongings, you can sell online, throw a yard sale, donate to charity or thrift shop, or recycle.
  • Tour your new city or town: If doable, plan a visit to your future community. Take this opportunity to investigate what it offers: work, schools, churches, events, activities, etc.
  • Prep children: Moving, especially for the first time, can be tough for kids. To help them understand the change, explain it through play or story. Also, try to maintain normal routines.

1 Month Out

  • Start the packing process: Packing yourself? Make sure you grab enough boxes, tape, and other packing supplies. When packing a box, try not to mix stuff from separate rooms. Be sure to fully tape and clearly label. Need a few helping hands? We offer affordable packing services.
  • Change mailing address: To do so, go online to the USPS site or visit your local post office. While you’re at it, update information for any online services, box subscriptions, and so on.
  • Transfer important records: These may include school transcripts (for yourself or kids) and medical records. Also, be sure you have plenty of meds and prescriptions on hand.
  • Handle utilities & services: Before you arrive at your new place, you’ll want to have everything up and running. For existing utilities, have them disconnected the day after you move. Research and set up new utilities and services (electric, internet, etc.) about a month before moving.

2 Weeks to Go

  • Service vehicle: This is particularly important if you’re planning to drive to your new state. Take your vehicle in to be inspected and serviced (including oil, tires, and air conditioning).
  • Arrange cleaning services: For the best showing or to make your landlord happy, schedule for a professional cleaning crew to perform a deep cleaning of flooring, drapes, and furniture.
  • Plan for pet transport: Got a furry friend or two that require special transportation. No problem! Some companies specialize in it. You can also arrange transport for prized plants.
  • Throw moving sale: Even if you’ve already had a yard sale, there might be a few old belongings that still need new homes. Make some extra cash and catch up with your neighbors, too.
  • Consider insurance coverage: Accidents happen all the time during moves. Better safe than sorry. Contact your insurer and moving company to go over current coverage and options.
  • Protect kids and pets: The moving day will be hectic. Most likely, you’ll be distracted. To safeguard little ones, plan to take them to childcare, a babysitter, or pet care on the big day.
  • Commemorate this new chapter: Remember to celebrate your upcoming move with the ones you love. There are several ways to do so: throw a party, schedule luncheons, plan a group outing, etc. Whatever you do, make sure to spend time with your nearest and dearest.

Moving Week

  • Finish packing: At this point, you should be pretty much done with packing. If so, take the time to create a first night or essentials box. Fill it with everything you’ll need for the first 24 to 48 hours at your new home: meds/prescriptions, bedding, toiletries, toys, clothes, etc.
  • Confirm with moving company: About a week or so out, contact your movers. Confirm arrival time, exchange contact numbers for when you’re on the road and ask any questions.
  • Confirm travel arrangements: Flying? Double check flight itinerary, luggage restrictions, and accommodations. Driving? Look over the vehicle, driving route, and any accommodations.
  • Catch up on rest: Staying up late or partying may be tempted the night before moving day, but you’ll regret it. Try to stay home, relax, eat well, hydrate, and get a good amount of sleep.

Moving Day

  • Be there when moving truck arrives: If possible, meet up with movers. This meeting can go a long way in making sure everyone’s on the same page. Answer questions and clarify instructions.
  • Offer snacks: This is not necessary, but it’s a nice gesture that can boost morale. If inclined, provide bottled water and a light, healthy snack. The crew will be appreciative.
  • Take one last walkthrough: Once the movers finish, take this opportunity to tour your old place one last time. Look out for any overlooked possessions, messes or damages.
  • Enjoy your move: Don’t forget that the journey is just as important as the destination. Along the way, try to have some fun and make some great memories. Start this new chapter on the right foot!

Quality Moving Services from Kansas Movers

Great Guys Long Distance Movers offers top Kansas moving services at awesome prices.

Long Distance Moves

Your interstate move doesn’t have to be painful. We find you services that you can count on (that won’t break the bank). Sit back and relax while our long-distance movers move you in or out of Kansas.

Intrastate & Local Moves

Headed to Kansas City? How about Wichita? You shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a quality moving crew. Enjoy highly-rated local moving services that work for your needs and budget.

International Moves

Whether it’s for a military move or corporate relocation, moving overseas is a big undertaking. Great Guys can connect you with a fully licensed international relocation service for a smooth transition.

Small Load Moves

Who says you don’t deserve easy small-load moving? We certainly don’t! Enjoy the same level of convenience as big households for your 1BR apartment, studio, or dorm at a super cheap rate.

Furniture Shipments

When facing a household filled with bulky furniture, or a few precious family antiques, you should leave it to the pros. The furniture movers in our network come with the right skills, tools, and know-how.

Piano Transport

Need to transport a cherished piano or organ? We make it easy (and safe) to transport your instrument. Our highly skilled piano moving specialists ensure a damage-free delivery to a new venue or home.

Art Shipping & Transport

Whether you have a personal collection or gallery, you shouldn’t take any risks. Unlike standard movers, our specialized art shippers provide custom services – from non-abrasive packaging to carpentry.


Remodeling, traveling, or want to stash a few items? You probably need safe & secure storage. Our moving partners also offer short-term and long-term storage solutions. Contact us today!

Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

Feeling stressed out? We know how you feel. There can be many reasons for a quick move – job, eviction, and so on. Fortunately, we can hook you up with reliable short-notice movers in no time.

Residential Moves

Moving into a new household? Congratulations. Now, it’s time to deal with the not-so-fun part. Leave the logistics and heavy lifting to our group of vetted & experienced KS residential moving companies.

Packing Services

Most people hate packing. And it’s even worse when you have to deal with work and life. If you need a few helping hands, our professional packers are always happy to assist you.

Commercial and Office Moves

Relocating your office? Expanding into a new retail space? You need a skilled moving team. Our top-tier commercial movers allow businesses to experience a smooth transition with minimal hassle.

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