5 Great Reasons to Retire in Kansas City | Mary Hayden

5 Great Reasons to Retire in Kansas City


Downtown Kansas City, MO

Looking for a great place to retire? WalletHub recently ranked Kansas City in its top 50 best cities to retire in America—with good reason.

With plenty of entertainment, healthcare, and inexpensive housing, Kansas City makes an ideal retirement destination, with a variety of city, suburban, and rural neighborhoods to choose from on both sides of the state line.

Reason #1—It’s an affordable place to live.

WalletHub ranked Kansas City’s overall affordability as a very high 88 out of 100—by factoring in things like the cost of living, tax-friendliness toward retirees, and annual cost of in-home services. In fact, the median sales price of a home in the Kansas City metro area is only $153,500, while the median monthly rent is only $1,000.

Reason #2—It houses lots of well-educated retirees.

Thanks to an abundance of highly ranked colleges in the area—such as the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Rockhurst University, Avila University, and Johnson County Community College—a high percentage of the local population over 65 holds a college degree. In fact, more than 36% of the general population in the greater Kansas City area has some college education.

Reason #3—It boasts excellent healthcare.

Kansas City includes a large number of local hospitals, nursing homes, and home health services. With thirty major local facilities—including hospitals that specialize in cutting-edge research, surgery, cancer, and cardiology—residents have access to top-level healthcare.

Reason #4—It’s easy to navigate.

Kansas City is known for its wide, spacious roads and highways—making it easy for drivers and new residents. It’s also handy for people who love to travel, with Kansas City International Airport located directly in the heart of the Midwest. Many of the shopping and entertainment districts—such as the Country Club Plaza, the Kansas City Power & Light District, and Leawood Town Center—are easily accessible to pedestrians, with plenty of free parking.

Reason #5—It has high-quality arts and entertainment.

The Kansas City metro offers entertainment options for every audience, including:

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