Independent Living in Kansas

Situated squarely in the Great Plains, Kansas offers a quiet, relaxing life for seniors. Its wide-open spaces and lower-than-average cost of living make the Sunflower State a great retirement destination. With its endless skies and yellow, flowing grasslands, the blank canvas of the Kansas landscape brings a calming sense of liberation. While driving from Wichita to Kansas City, take a detour on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to experience Tallgrass Prairie National Reserve — you’ll see why Kansas adopted “Home on the Range” as its official state anthem.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 90 independent living communities in Kansas. Our Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of independent living communities in Kansas to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.

In Kansas, the median monthly cost of independent living is about $2,400.

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Kansas Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Kansas.

In Kansas, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Kansas is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 90
  • Groceries: 92
  • Housing: 74
  • Utilities: 103
  • Transportation: 92

Demographics

Less than a fifth of the Kansas population are seniors. In the 2020 presidential election, Kansas leaned conservative. However, some of its counties with larger cities, like Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas, tend to be more progressive.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 36% voted Democratic
  • 57% voted Republican
  • 7% voted third party or abstained

Population

  • Median age: 37
  • Over the age of 55: 29%
  • 2018 population: 2,911,505
  • 2020 population: 2,913,138
  • Estimated 2025 population: 2,917,223

Miscellaneous

  • 37% regularly attend a religious service
  • 34% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • Across the state there are a total of 4,782 congregations
  • There are 279 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Kansas has three different climate classifications: cold semi-arid in the western part of the state, humid continental in the eastern section, and humid subtropical in some southeastern counties. In general, Kansas has extreme temperatures, with hot summers, cold winters, and not much rainfall. As part of Tornado Alley, Kansas often has severe weather in the spring and summer months.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 66%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (May)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 36 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 46 in July (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 54°F
  • Average summer temperature: 76°F
  • Typical summer high: 95°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 54°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 32°F
  • Typical winter high: 53°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 12°F (January)

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