While monetary concerns often play a role in deciding whether to relocate, Kansas also attracts retirees thanks to its charming small towns, historic neighborhoods, and lovely rural scenery.
For retirees who thrive in a more urban environment, Kansas does boast its fair share of decent-sized cities, like Wichita and Kansas City. That said, it’s typically smaller towns, such as Lawrence or Ottawa that draw retirees.
Con: The area is prone to tornadoes in summer
Best For: Small-town seekers
Cost of Living: 12% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $125,000
Top State Income Tax: 4.9%
Home to University of Kansas, Lawrence has a liberal lean, and a charming center with coffeehouses, microbreweries and a lively music scene. Ottawa, on the other hand, is filled with historic charm, and residents enjoy many annual festivals, farmers markets and nearby cultural attractions.
Kansas is also home to a number of military bases, and may make an attractive destination for military retirees, thanks in part to the state’s tax exemptions for military pensions.