Quality of Life

With great schools, a low cost of living and vibrant communities, Kansans enjoy an amazing quality of life. We have cities that offer an array of excellent cultural options from food and music to sports and art. Of course, we are also famous for our friendly small towns and scenic natural beauty. Many people live in communities within easy driving distance of larger cities, enjoying the best of both worlds.

The “Heart of America” applies not just to our location, but our people as well. Kansans are known for hard work and being passionate about our businesses, but we know how to balance work and play, progress and history, urban and rural to create a quality of life you can't find anywhere else. For proof, look no further than Zippia’s “10 Happiest Cities in America.” Kansas towns take the top two spots!

Amazing Outdoors 

A destination state for hunting, fishing and boating, few places offer the outdoor life Kansas does. We're famous for the sweeping prairies and limestone bluffs of the Flint Hills, but the Sunflower State boasts a unique blend of distinct topographical features. From the wooded glacial hills in the northeast, canyons and mesas in the southwest to spectacular wide-open vistas in the west, residents and visitors can channel their inner explorer on any number off breathtaking drives, bike rides or hikes.

Low Cost of Living

The cost of living in Kansas is nearly 10 percent below the national average, ranking our state seventh lowest for cost of living in the U.S. From food and gasoline to property taxes and car insurance, most of what you need costs less here. Housing costs are especially low, with the median value of owner-occupied homes nearly 22 percent below the national average. The bottom line: Your dollar goes further here.

Excellent Healthcare

The state’s healthcare system offers excellent quality, while still remaining affordable. In its “States with the Best Healthcare,” WalletHub ranked Kansas third for affordability, and sixth overall. With nearly 130 hospitals in 117 cities, Kansas also ranked well in access to healthcare (14th) and was in the top half of states for health outcomes. The survey also tapped Kansas as the seventh best state for doctors to work.

Short Commute Time

The average commute time in Kansas is less than 18 minutes, the fourth-shortest commute in the country. Moreover, Kansas has consistently been ranked as having some of the best roads in the country. 

Vibrant Cities and Culture   

As the breadbasket of America, Kansas is proud of its restaurants, from fine dining and small-town local cuisine some of the country’s most famous BBQ spots. It’s home to elite college athletics, NASCAR at the Kansas Speedway, and MLS soccer at of the best soccer stadiums in the country. Art museums and smaller galleries dot the state, and the performing arts – including the spectacular Symphony in the Flint Hills – are vibrant in many communities. Unique historical sites include the Brown vs. Board of Education site, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Kansas Cosmosphere.

Discover more of the amazing things to do in the Sunflower State at TravelKS.com.