When they said “we’re not in Kansas anymore” we think that was because they were retiring and didn’t want to retire to Kansas. We kid, but Kansas is just above average for retirees. It suffers from all the other problems that middle states suffer from in that it doesn’t shine in any one category and any affordability options that are present are offset by aging infrastructure and or a general lack of convenience. Kansas is no different. It’s got great affordability in terms of real estate and basic necessities but high taxes with little to no exceptions for retirees. It’s got the 8th highest sales taxes in the country and above average crime. It’s not the worst state to retire to, but that’s why it’s ranked 21st and not higher.
Think of Kansas as a poor man’s Colorado. It’s really a beautiful state and offers a ton of things to do for those that want to be outdoors in their retirement years. The downside of this analogy is that it actually will cost you more money to live here than Colorado with the exception of housing. There are plenty of retirement communities to choose from and that can help mitigate the downsides that typically go with bing a middle state.
If your’e thinking of retiring to Kansas, then you just have to consider the high income tax, high sales taxs and aging health care system. Although crime is higher than you’d expect, you can avoid much of that by staying in places where other retirees are.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.