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Kansas : What you need to know

Located right in the geographic center of the United States, Kansas is known as “America’s Breadbasket,” producing one-fifth of all wheat grown in the nation. Besides agriculture, major industries include energy and aerospace, and three top universities are Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. The state’s terrain consists of forests, mountain ranges and prairies. The best places to live in Kansas include Wichita, Overland Park, Manhattan, Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City.

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Quick Facts about KS

Population 2,892,987
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $52,205
Median Home Price $132,000
Median Property Tax $1,282
Median Rent $67

Employment Rate in KS

  Employed 95.7%
  Unemployed 4.3%

Race in KS

  Ethnicity White 85.2%
  Ethnicity Black 5.8%
  Ethnicity Asian 2.6%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 11.2%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.8%
  Ethnicity Other 2.2%

Employment Rate in KS

  Employed 95.7%
  Unemployed 4.3%

Educational Levels in KS

  Bachelor's Degree 20%
  Associate's Degree 8%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 11%
  High School Graduate 27%
  Some College, No Degree 24.2%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 31%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 90.2%

Industry in KS

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 3.5%
Construction 6.3%
Manufacturing 12.6%
Wholesale Trade 2.8%
Retail Trade 11.1%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.7%
Information 2.2%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 6.1%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 8.9%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 24.7%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 7.9%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.6%
Public Administration 4.6%

Housing in KS

  Homes Rent 66.7%
  Homes Owned 33.3%

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Best places to Live in Kansas

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Wichita 387,147 $119,700 $45,947
Overland Park 181,464 $228,000 $72,463
Kansas City 148,855 $86,800 $38,749
Olathe 131,508 $196,700 $77,335
Topeka 127,672 $96,500 $42,250
Lawrence 91,305 $176,300 $46,406
Shawnee 64,125 $199,100 $77,271
Manhattan 55,769 $187,200 $43,104
Lenexa 50,412 $225,500 $75,954
Salina 47,840 $117,000 $44,710
Hutchinson 41,808 $91,500 $42,350
Leavenworth 35,861 $113,100 $52,785
Leawood 33,339 $398,300 $139,384
Dodge City 28,045 $97,600 $47,461
Garden City 27,007 $116,400 $47,279
Junction City 24,823 $133,100 $44,203
Emporia 24,739 $88,700 $36,228
Derby 23,731 $152,000 $68,736
Prairie Village 21,814 $213,200 $80,584
Hays 20,992 $157,900 $42,976