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Nicknamed the Sunflower State, Kansas is a state that caters to retirees who enjoy busy cities and open prairies. With diverse landscapes, wildflower fields you wouldn’t believe, and numerous outdoor activities for active adults, Kansas gives residents a wide range of recreational options.
Climate & Geography
There are three main land regions in Kansas. The eastern third consists of the Osage Plains, Flint Hills, Dissected Till Plains, and Arkansas River Lowlands. The center third has the Smoky Hills, and to the west are the Great Plains, Dissected High Plains, and the High Plains. There are more than 50,000 streams that run through the state. Nine-tenths of the state’s land area is used for agricultural purposes.
Kansas residents experience continental climate with distinct seasonal variations. Summers are warm and winters are mild.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Throughout the state there are many prairies, farmlands, and trails for recreation. The Flint Hills is one of the last remaining tallgrass prairies with more than 40 grass species, 150 bird species, 30 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 31 mammal species. Retirees can listen to an outdoor concert, drive or bike the 47.2 mile Flint Hills Scenic Byway, or enjoy the many trails available. At the Wilson State Park the red sandstone formations with 40-foot drop-offs create a great recreation location for fishing, hiking, waterskiing, and enjoying the outdoors.
During the spring when North American shorebirds migrate, nearly 25 percent stop at the Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
There is a dynamic art culture in Kansas with murals and sculptures around the state, and museums and galleries are available for residents to explore.
Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile race track and motorsports facility that hosts several annual NASCAR events. The nearby area has a movie theater, outdoor shopping mall, and hotels, including the Hollywood Hotel and Casino.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Kansas has a 6.5 percent state sales tax with localities able to add as much as 4 percent.
Social Security benefits are exempt from Kansas income tax for residents with a federal adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less. IRAs, 401(k)s, and private pensions are taxable at the income tax rates, but public pensions are exempt. The income tax ranges from 3.1 percent to 5.7 percent.
The cost of living in Kansas is lower than the national average. Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.
There are over 150 hospitals in Kansas. The University of Kansas Hospital is ranked No. 1 in the state and nationally ranked in eight specialties. The hospital is also high performing in three adult specialties and six procedures and conditions. Stormont Vail Hospital is the No. 2 hospital in Kansas and high performing in pulmonology and lung surgery and four procedures and conditions.