The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Kansas For 2020

by Kathy Morris
Best Places For Jobs - 10 months ago

Find a Job You Really Want In

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.


Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in Kansas.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Kansas.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Kansas. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in Kansas

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Kansas metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in Kansas.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-33 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Prairie Village area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.7%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 33 metro areas from 1-to-33. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, KS

Unemployment Rate: 1.74%
Average Income: $117,370

2. Leawood

Leawood, KS

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.38%
Average Income: $230,714

3. Andover

Andover, KS

Source: Flickr User LauraGilchrist4 | CC BY 2.0

Unemployment Rate: 2.75%
Average Income: $107,086

4. Lenexa

Lenexa, KS

Unemployment Rate: 2.66%
Average Income: $109,786

5. Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Average Income: $111,072

6. Leavenworth

Leavenworth, KS

Unemployment Rate: 4.09%
Average Income: $77,042

7. Merriam

Merriam, KS

Source: Flickr User bob_brents1 | CC BY 2.0

Unemployment Rate: 3.41%
Average Income: $72,724

8. McPherson

Mcpherson, KS

Unemployment Rate: 2.63%
Average Income: $73,004

9. Derby

Derby, KS

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.88%
Average Income: $87,147

10. Mission

Unemployment Rate: 2.03%
Average Income: $74,067


You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Prairie Village and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While Prairie Village and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Kansas, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Prairie Village will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Kansas

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Prairie Village 1.74% $117,370
2 Leawood 2.38% $230,714
3 Andover 2.75% $107,086
4 Lenexa 2.66% $109,786
5 Overland Park 3.4% $111,072
6 Leavenworth 4.09% $77,042
7 Merriam 3.41% $72,724
8 Mcpherson 2.63% $73,004
9 Derby 2.88% $87,147
10 Mission 2.03% $74,067
11 Olathe 3.14% $100,669
12 Shawnee 3.52% $104,286
13 Dodge 6.29% $66,704
14 Hutchinson 4.68% $62,707
15 Gardner 3.6% $82,119
16 Wichita 5.83% $68,821
17 Garden 4.73% $68,280
18 Great Bend 4.29% $60,743
19 Junction 6.85% $59,234
20 Hays 2.75% $70,513
21 Manhattan 5.27% $68,415
22 Haysville 2.96% $60,778
23 Lawrence 4.32% $70,883
24 Topeka 5.01% $62,597
25 Winfield 4.5% $56,042
26 Ottawa 5.76% $58,002
27 Newton 2.74% $62,267
28 Pittsburg 4.49% $45,921
29 El Dorado 7.15% $57,424
30 Salina 3.85% $62,555
31 Kansas 7.6% $54,886
32 Emporia 7.06% $57,898
33 Liberal 5.06% $59,156
Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time