Kansas 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

4 Communities in Kansas

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Active adults and retirees don t often think of Kansas when looking for a destination for retirement due to its cold winters and rural areas. Active adults should consider age-restricted communities in Kansas because of its low cost of living, low unemployment rates, and below average income tax rate.

55+ retirement communities in Kansas are perfect for homebuyers looking to live in a friendly area with many things to do outside. The Midwest lifestyle is slow paced and residents enjoy college sports, scenic lands, and plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities.

Climate & Geography

The climate of a 55+ community in Kansas differs depending on its location in the state. The father south sees less snow and warmer summers. Overall, summers are hot and winters vary by location. Snowfall can range from as low as 5 inches in the south to all the way up to 35 inches in the far northwest. Kansas does have severe weather with strong thunderstorms and potential tornadoes, mostly during the spring and early summer seasons.

Kansas is located in the United States Midwest region. Age-restricted communities in Kansas are bordered by Nebraska on the north, Missouri on the east, Oklahoma on the south, and Colorado on the west. There are 628 cities in Kansas situated throughout 105 counties. Two-thirds of the state lies in the great central plain of the United States and the eastern third has rolling hills and forests. There are many rivers that flow throughout Kansas as well.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

Active adult communities in Kansas enjoy plenty of recreational opportunities. There are numerous national parks and historic sites found throughout the state. These include the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, California National Historic Trail, Fort Larned National Historic Site, Fort Scott National Historic Site, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Nicodemus National Historic Site, Oregon National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, and Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, is home to 33 museums, 22 attractions, 22 live theaters, 28 art galleries, and 32 golf courses. Some popular attractions in Wichita include the Kansas Art Museum, Kansas Star Casino, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre.

Kansas City also includes many attractions for art and culture with festivals, performing arts theaters, museums, historical landmarks, and war memorials. Sports enthusiasts can watch a race at the Kansas or Lakeside Speedways as well as cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs or Kansas City Royals.

Cost of Living & Taxes

A 55+ community in Kansas is a great option for retirees because of its overall low cost of living. Compared to the nation as a whole, Kansas cost of living is significantly lower. The median cost for a home is just over $111,000, which is below the US average. There are three income tax brackets that range from 3.5% to 6.45% and the sales tax is 6.15%.


Active retirement communities in Kansas have access to over 150 hospitals throughout the state. The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City is ranked number one in the state and has been nationally ranked for 12 specialties. Other top hospitals include the Via Christa Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, and St. Luke s South Hospital in Overland Park.