These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Kansas

John McLean
by John McLean
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Kansas that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 59 largest cities in Kansas with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Sunflower State:

  1. Prairie Village
  2. Leawood
  3. Andover
  4. Valley Center
  5. Manhattan
  6. Mulvane
  7. Bel Aire
  8. Overland Park
  9. Lenexa
  10. Hays

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Sunflower State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Kansas, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 59 places in Kansas.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 59 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Kansas”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Prairie Village

Smartest Kansas

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Population: 21,730
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Graduating early with their diplomas held high are the citizens in Prairie Village, Kansas. With a population of 21,730, an almost nonexistent high school dropout rate, and only 1.4% of the adult population without a high school diploma this town earned its #1 spot.

2. Leawood

Smartest Kansas

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Population: 32,842
Adults Without High School Diploma: 0.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.4%

The kids in Leawood are studying late every day since only .4% drop out of school and less than 1% of the adult population did not finish high school.

Smart cookies.

3. Andover

Smartest Kansas

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Population: 12,113
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Taking the bronze medal is the town of Andover. With a population of around 12,113 and almost no high school dropouts they definitely earned the #3 spot.

4. Valley Center

Smartest Kansas

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Population: 6,449
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

It might sound like a vacation spot but Valley Center is clearly a place of study. A town of almost 6,500 this area boasts almost no high school dropouts and a small population of 3.6% of adults without high school diplomas.

5. Manhattan

Smartest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,112
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.3%

Like its distant cousin in New York, Manhattan, Kansas is a superstar…when it comes to intelligence. A city of 55,112 residents they have an ultra low high school dropout rate and a population without high school degrees numbering around 4.5%. Superstars indeed.

6. Mulvane

Smartest Kansas

Source: Mulvane

Population: 6,000
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Near the middle of our list sits Mulvane. At 6,000 flat this small town is doing big things as they keep their kids in school up until graduation. Stop by and soak up some smarts okay?

7. Bel Aire

Smartest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,923
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Bel Aire, Kansas has ranked #7 on our list with only 4.7% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma, little to no high school dropouts, and a population of around 7,000.

8. Overland Park

Smartest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,945
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.7%

The biggest city to make our smartest list, Overland Park is disproving the idea that large cities lack education and opportunity. At over 178,000 residents, it’s kept an astonishingly low high school dropout rate of only 1.7%.

Wow.

9. Lenexa

Smartest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,573
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 2.1%

Cutting it close is the city of Lenexa, Kansas. With a population of almost 50,000 people, a high school dropout rate of 2.1%, and only 4% of adults missing a high school diploma what else is there to say?

10. Hays

Smartest Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,886
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Rounding out our list is the city of Hays. With a population hovering around the 20,000 mark and so few high school dropouts the IQs here must be off the charts!

And that’s how you graduate in style

That is our definitive ranking of the 10 Smartest Cities in Kansas. Here at Zippia we want to bring important information to our readers. Now you can make a more informed decision on your next visit to the Sunflower State. Be sure to visit these towns to see their intelligence first hand and experience it for yourself. And next time you’re looking for career advice head to zippia.com to have all of your quesitons answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Kansas

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Prairie Village 1 21,730 1.4% 0.0%
Leawood 2 32,842 0.8% 0.4%
Andover 3 12,113 3.3% 0.0%
Valley Center 4 6,449 3.6% 0.0%
Manhattan 5 55,112 4.5% 0.3%
Mulvane 6 6,000 4.6% 0.0%
Bel Aire 7 6,923 4.7% 0.0%
Overland Park 8 178,945 3.6% 1.7%
Lenexa 9 49,573 4.0% 2.1%
Hays 10 20,886 5.8% 0.0%
Lawrence 11 90,194 5.1% 1.5%
Gardner 12 20,128 5.8% 0.8%
Merriam 13 11,191 7.0% 0.0%
Mission 14 9,451 4.5% 2.7%
Olathe 15 129,913 6.0% 1.5%
Colby 16 5,411 7.9% 0.0%
Shawnee 17 63,597 5.5% 2.4%
Lansing 18 11,535 8.4% 0.0%
Eudora 19 6,152 8.4% 0.0%
Roeland Park 20 6,799 4.8% 2.7%
Spring Hill 21 5,618 4.7% 4.1%
Derby 22 23,419 4.0% 5.0%
Wellington 23 8,028 8.2% 1.9%
Pittsburg 24 20,336 9.9% 1.5%
Paola 25 5,589 7.8% 2.9%
Independence 26 9,282 10.3% 1.0%
De Soto 27 5,888 10.7% 0.0%
Chanute 28 9,194 9.5% 1.6%
Haysville 29 11,235 8.8% 2.5%
Ottawa 30 12,548 10.4% 1.9%
McPherson 31 13,205 6.9% 4.8%
Leavenworth 32 35,738 9.2% 3.4%
El Dorado 33 12,931 8.0% 5.1%
Iola 34 5,650 11.6% 2.4%
Atchison 35 10,920 8.2% 5.3%
Coffeyville 36 10,034 16.9% 0.0%
Pratt 37 6,889 12.0% 2.5%
Parsons 38 10,307 12.8% 2.5%
Hutchinson 39 41,946 12.3% 3.0%
Emporia 40 24,787 15.4% 2.5%
Newton 41 19,144 11.8% 4.6%
Park City 42 7,194 9.3% 8.9%
Concordia 43 5,327 10.5% 6.3%
Abilene 44 6,729 13.2% 4.2%
Salina 45 47,894 11.8% 5.3%
Bonner Springs 46 7,420 14.9% 3.2%
Winfield 47 12,324 10.6% 8.1%
Topeka 48 127,660 11.3% 5.8%
Fort Scott 49 7,957 13.8% 4.2%
Junction City 50 24,691 10.2% 16.2%
Augusta 51 9,239 10.3% 13.5%
Wichita 52 385,518 12.9% 5.3%
Arkansas City 53 12,316 16.1% 4.4%
Dodge City 54 27,950 35.8% 3.6%
Ulysses 55 6,010 29.4% 4.5%
Garden City 56 26,924 30.3% 5.6%
Great Bend 57 15,942 17.0% 8.6%
Liberal 58 20,846 35.1% 7.4%
Kansas City 59 147,598 22.2% 10.5%

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