Lee’s Summit is a small city on the northwest border of Missouri and is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Its prime location and historic appeal have made it an attractive option for retirees. Besides that, the city is home to a quaint downtown and a tight-knit neighborly environment.
Climate & Geography
Located on the Missouri-Kansas border, Lee’s Summit is a small city along the Missouri River.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Lee’s Summit is home to a wide variety of outdoor activities such as different lakes, beaches, and forest preserves around the city. Some of these include Summit Waves, Longview Lake and Beach, and James A. Reed Wildlife Area. These are ideal locations for a number of recreation activities such as hiking, camping, sightseeing, and swimming.
The city is home to plenty of vineyards, wineries and breweries. Downtown, residents can find Lee’s Summit shopping center with antique shops, restaurants, and a farmers market. The city is also in driving distance from Kansas City where residents can find plenty more options for dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Lee’s Summit is only slightly higher than the national average. This is due to the housing cost which is above the U.S median.
Missouri does not tax Social Security benefits, and residents may qualify for exemptions on their public and private pensions as well. Homeowners who are 65+ are eligible to receive credit on their real estate taxes or rent they paid for the year. The Missouri sales tax rate is 4.23 percent and Lee’s Summit has a 3.63 percent local rate, for a cumulative 7.86 percent sales tax.
There are five highly rated hospitals and medical centers within 15 miles of Lee’s Summit. They are St. Luke’s East Hospital, Research Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center-Kansas, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, and Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is nationally ranked in heart surgery and neurosurgery, and is rated high performing in two more adult specialties and six procedures.