Kansas, affectionately known as the Sunflower State, is a Midwestern Great Plains state in the US. A leading producer of wheat, Kansas is abundant in agriculture and natural resources. Fun fact – Kansas is home to the world’s longest grain elevator! But, farming isn’t the only great thing about this state. Compared to the rest of the US, Kansas’ cost of living is around 17% lower than the national average (according to Best Places). It’s no wonder retirees are choosing to age in place here!
If you’re a senior or retiree living in the state of Kansas, consider these small towns for a slower pace.
Home of Bethany College, Lindsborg is recognized as the “Little Sweden” of America. Located just south of Salina, Lindsborg has a diverse group of residents, with a large population of Swedish. The community offers Swedish cultural events and promotes a strong arts scene that is popular among residents of nearby towns. Enjoy the picturesque downtown full of working artist studios, galleries, boutiques, Scandinavian import shops, and top-notch eateries lining the red brick street.
The small town of Abilene, Kansas is ranked high on the list as one of the best small towns to live in the Sunflower State due to the presence of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The area is popular among tourists and provides a rich historical view into the former president’s life.
Home to famous residents such as Amelia Earhart and Nell Hill, Atchison is a picturesque community built among the hills and bluffs of the Missouri River. Atchison is considered to be one of the most charming and historically rich towns built in Kansas because of the museums, preserved homes, and history attached to the buildings.
The small town of Fort Scott is located almost 90 miles from Kansas City and is considered one of the best because of its rich historical ties. The frontier fort is visited by many years after year and offers a large natural space for outdoor activities and the study of nature.
Located just west of Emporia and in Chase County, Cottonwood Falls is recognized as one of the best small towns in Kansas because of its remote location and luxurious offerings. High-end lodging and restaurant dining options are available in the small community and Flint Hills exploration is available for those wanting to get outdoors and partake in nature.
Council Grove made the list due to its proximity to one of the most sought-after natural preserves in the country. The small town is located just southeast of Junction City and near Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Postcards and book cover offer photos of this beautiful area of the natural landscape.
The small town of Hutchinson offers great schools, ample shopping hubs, and plenty of restaurants to keep things mixed up a bit. The Underground Salt Museum is located nearby where visitors can travel nearly 700 feet below the ground to witness salt in the earth. Small schools and a safe environment make Hutchinson a top choice as one of the best small towns in Kansas.
Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts