Best counties to retire to in Kansas

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July 31, 2022
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Best counties to retire to in Kansas

Buyers and sellers of real estate alike—when asked what are the three most essential considerations about a property—will nearly always reply "location, location, location." While this answer is sometimes tongue-in-cheek, it is often quite accurate, and this reply perhaps applies to retirees more than any other demographic. Settling down after a lifetime of working and perhaps raising a family calls for the perfect location: a spot where you can enjoy life with as few concerns as possible.

When seniors aged 65 years or older decide on where they want to live out their golden years, they consider very specific factors, such as the cost of living, government services, health care facilities, weather and overall climate, crime rate, outdoor recreational activities, eating establishments, cultural and entertainment opportunities, and more.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Kansas using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, healthcare, recreation and weather. Read more about Niche's methodology here.

Location is critical as retirees determine where to spend their senior years enjoying favorite activities; however, it’s a very unique decision based on a multitude of preferences and needs. Whether it be bustling downtowns or access to parks, affordable home prices or cultural amenities like museums, retirees seeking to settle in a permanent spot are sure to find a private paradise in any of these counties recommended by Niche because, in the end, there is no place like home—no matter the location.

Read on to discover the best counties to retire to in Kansas.

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#25. Reno County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (B+), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Hutchinson (B), South Hutchinson (C+), Sumner Township (B+)
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#24. Shawnee County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (B+), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Topeka (A-), Mission Township (A), Auburn Township (A)
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#23. Cherokee County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B-)
- Top places to live: Baxter Springs (B+), Columbus (B-), Galena (C+)
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#22. Harper County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (D+)
- Top places to live: Anthony (B-), Harper (B-), 1 Township (B-)
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#21. Sedgwick County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (B+), weather (B), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: College Hill (A+), Courtland (A+), Crown Heights (A+)

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#20. Marion County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Hillsboro (A), Goessel (A-), Centre Township (A-)
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#19. Neosho County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Chanute (B-), Tioga Township (B+), Canville Township (B)
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#18. Wilson County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Neodesha (B-), Newark Township (B+), Fall River Township (B-)
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#17. Nemaha County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B-)
- Top places to live: Sabetha (A-), Rock Creek Township (A-), Berwick Township (A-)
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#16. Johnson County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Beverly Estates (A+), Cherry Hill Estates (A+), Pinehurst Estates (A+)

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#15. McPherson County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B+), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Lindsborg (A), McPherson (B+), Lone Tree Township (A-)
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#14. Rice County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A), weather (B), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Lyons (B), Sterling Township (A+), Sterling (A)
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#13. Coffey County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Burlington (B), New Strawn (A-), Lebo (A-)
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#12. Cloud County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Concordia (B), Starr Township (B+), Grant Township (B)
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#11. Barton County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C+)
- Top places to live: Hoisington (B), Great Bend (B), South Bend Township (B)

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#10. Harvey County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B+), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Hesston (A+), North Newton (A), Newton (B+)
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#9. Pratt County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (D+)
- Top places to live: Pratt (B), 6 Township (A), 12 Township (A-)
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#8. Pawnee County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B+), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Larned (B), Browns Grove Township (B), Burdett (B)
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#7. Morris County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B-)
- Top places to live: Parkerville Township (B+), 2 Township (B+), Council Grove (B+)
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#6. Montgomery County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Independence (B), Coffeyville (C+), Sycamore Township (B)

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#5. Clay County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Clay Center (B+), Blaine Township (A), Clay Center Township (A-)
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#4. Kingman County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (B-)
- Top places to live: Kingman (B-), Vinita Township (A), Evan Township (B)
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#3. Washington County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A), cost of living (A), weather (C+), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Haddam Township (B+), Hanover (B+), Strawberry Township (B+)
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#2. Mitchell County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B-)
- Top places to live: Beloit (B+), Tipton (A-), Pittsburg Township (A-)
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#1. Greenwood County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A), cost of living (A), weather (B), outdoor activities (C)
- Top places to live: Eureka (B-), Spring Creek Township (A-), Shell Rock Township (B+)

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