BEST PLACES TO LIVE: Manhattan and Lawrence rank in top 50

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Editors from and data scientists have worked together to create their annual ranking of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America” for 2019.

More than 1,000 cities were examined based on economics, housing, amenities, infrastucture, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care. Affordability was also a key factor on deciding where to live according to a survey taken by 1,000 millennials. 

Out of the entire state of Kansas, Manhattan was ranked the highest at #16. Manhattan scored high on’s list this year because of its housing affordability, which is 16% below the national average. Manhattan also ranked highly for being a healthy city due to the fresh air from the nearby Flint Hills, and all of the local walking and biking trails around town. Manhattan was ranked #2 in’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America” last year in 2018.

Lawrence comes in at #26 on’s list this year partially due to its excellent economy. Lawrence’s unemployment rate is just at 2.9%, which is lower than the state’s 3.4%, and even lower than the country’s 4%. Lawrence also scored high because of its’ educational opportunities. The University of Kansas features 400 degree and certification programs. Haskell Indian Nations University is also there, which is considered to be one of the premiere tribal universities in the entire country for students who are specifically part of a federally recognized tribe. Lawrence was ranked #23 on this list in 2018.

Rounding out the top 50 is Kansas City, Missouri at #49. Wichita is also included in the top 100, coming in at #89.

For’s full list of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America” for 2019, click here.

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