These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Kansas

We analyzed over 60 places in Kansas to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Kansas have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Kansas places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Mcpherson, the happiest place in Kansas.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Sunflower State”:

  1. Mcpherson
  2. Leawood
  3. Bel Aire
  4. Prairie Village
  5. Mulvane
  6. Andover
  7. Derby
  8. Colby
  9. Valley Center
  10. Shawnee
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Sunflower State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 60 places in Kansas with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 60 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Kansas”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Kansas ranked. Our apologies to Abilene which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Mcpherson


Population: 13,205 People Who Own Their Home: 69.5%
Married Adults: 59.2%

2. Leawood


Population: 32,842 People Who Own Their Home: 90.4%
Married Adults: 69.7%

3. Bel Aire


Population: 6,923 People Who Own Their Home: 82.6%
Married Adults: 62.4%

4. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,730People Who Own Their Home: 75.8%
Married Adults: 56.9%

5. Mulvane

Mulvane, Kansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,000People Who Own Their Home: 77.2%
Married Adults: 60.4%

6. Andover


Population: 12,113 People Who Own Their Home: 75.0%
Married Adults: 58.5%

7. Derby


Population: 23,419 People Who Own Their Home: 66.3%
Married Adults: 58.2%

8. Colby

Colby, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,411People Who Own Their Home: 62.6%
Married Adults: 51.3%

9. Valley Center


Population: 6,449 People Who Own Their Home: 73.5%
Married Adults: 55.0%

10. Shawnee

Shawnee, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,597People Who Own Their Home: 69.2%
Married Adults: 57.7%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Kansas

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
McPherson 1 13,205 69.5% 59.2%
Leawood 2 32,842 90.4% 69.7%
Bel Aire 3 6,923 82.6% 62.4%
Prairie Village 4 21,730 75.8% 56.9%
Mulvane 5 6,000 77.2% 60.4%
Andover 6 12,113 75.0% 58.5%
Derby 7 23,419 66.3% 58.2%
Colby 8 5,411 62.6% 51.3%
Valley Center 9 6,449 73.5% 55.0%
Shawnee 10 63,597 69.2% 57.7%
Abilene 11 6,729 63.8% 54.7%
Olathe 12 129,913 68.6% 59.1%
Roeland Park 13 6,799 69.3% 42.6%
Gardner 14 20,128 65.6% 61.1%
Spring Hill 15 5,618 72.0% 62.8%
Pratt 16 6,889 56.6% 51.7%
Overland Park 17 178,945 60.9% 55.5%
Lenexa 18 49,573 58.8% 55.5%
Lansing 19 11,535 72.2% 47.8%
Paola 20 5,589 61.1% 57.2%
Haysville 21 11,235 67.2% 50.3%
Ulysses 22 6,010 68.2% 58.4%
Newton 23 19,144 59.6% 52.8%
Garden City 24 26,924 58.8% 51.8%
Bonner Springs 25 7,420 61.7% 53.6%
Mission 26 9,451 46.3% 41.6%
Fort Riley 27 7,444 0.7% 49.1%
Park City 28 7,194 65.1% 52.6%
Fort Scott 29 7,957 47.8% 45.3%
Salina 30 47,894 59.4% 47.1%
Wellington 31 8,028 59.3% 52.3%
Hutchinson 32 41,946 55.2% 49.2%
Merriam 33 11,191 51.2% 45.9%
Augusta 34 9,239 61.2% 52.4%
Chanute 35 9,194 53.6% 47.0%
Junction City 36 24,691 40.8% 56.0%
Hays 37 20,886 50.1% 40.7%
Dodge City 38 27,950 56.8% 51.4%
El Dorado 39 12,931 51.9% 46.6%
Eudora 40 6,152 56.9% 55.3%
Liberal 41 20,846 58.9% 49.4%
Winfield 42 12,324 55.2% 42.4%
De Soto 43 5,888 51.6% 51.6%
Leavenworth 44 35,738 44.2% 47.5%
Ottawa 45 12,548 53.8% 49.2%
Manhattan 46 55,112 35.3% 33.8%
Parsons 47 10,307 50.8% 45.1%
Wichita 48 385,518 54.2% 47.7%
Concordia 49 5,327 56.3% 39.8%
Iola 50 5,650 51.0% 41.2%
Great Bend 51 15,942 55.2% 49.0%
Topeka 52 127,660 50.9% 43.6%
Pittsburg 53 20,336 39.6% 35.5%
Arkansas City 54 12,316 50.2% 45.4%
Coffeyville 55 10,034 51.1% 42.9%
Atchison 56 10,920 59.4% 37.4%
Lawrence 57 90,194 42.2% 35.0%
Independence 58 9,282 51.3% 44.7%
Emporia 59 24,787 44.5% 40.4%
Kansas City 60 147,598 50.6% 40.7%

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