Independence has a lot of amenities to entice people to relocate and plant some roots here but did you know Independence was named the 10th best place to retire in Kansas?

According to a recent study by, Abilene is the number one place to retire in Kansas but the study lists Independence as number 10. The study is based on three regional factors affecting the quality of life for retirees, state and local tax rates; number of medical care offices, recreation and retirement centers; and number of seniors in each area.

The study compared two types of taxes — income and sales — calculating effective rates based on a typical retiree earning $35,000 annually from retirement savings, Social Security or part-time employment, and spending disposable income on taxable goods. The study then took a look at the number of health care providers and activity centers per thousand resident, concluding the study by finding the number of seniors in the area as a percentage of the total population. 

Independence Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Wilson said of the survey, "I was so excited to read about Independence’s impressive ranking.  Seniors are such an important part of our community and to be recognized as one of the best places to retire in Kansas is quite a compliment." She added the ranking was impressive. "However, the Chamber is currently focusing on enhancing and increasing senior services and activities that will hopefully move us into the top five slot over the next few years."

The study final analysis then ranked each county and city on those three factors then calculated an average ranking for each area after weighing the factors equally. Their determination was the areas with the lowest average ranking were the best places to retire.

The complete list is: 

  1. Abilene
  2. Leawood
  3. Paola
  4. Concordia
  5. Augusta
  6. Fort Scott
  7. Andover
  8. Tonganoxie
  9. Great Bend
  10. Independence


City Manager Craig Whitehead was impressed with the ranking and commented, "It's great to see we rank high in their survey since they looked at various data about our economy and our quality of life amenities, which as we know makes Independence a great place to live."

The study showed Independence being ranked at 2,528 nationally as the place to retire with the population being 18.4 percent seniors, the tax rate at 18.5 percent, for every 1,000 person there is 1.6 doctors offices, 0.6 recreation centers and 0.4 retirement centers.

Montgomery County as a whole was ranked nationally at 2,016.