The 10 Dumbest Places In Kansas For 2023

The dumbest places in Kansas are Liberal and Coffeyville for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that some places in the Sunflower State have a larger percent of their population that never graduated from high school.

While the emphasis on going to college might be overblown, the fact is that not graduating from high school puts you at a significant disadvantage on average. Educational attainment might not be the best way to measure one person’s intelligence, but it does shine a light on the state.

We will use Saturday Night Science to determine what places in Kansas have the highest percentage of adults without a high school degree.

A recent study we published found that Kansas is actually the 21st smartest state in the United States, with an average IQ of 100.

But that doesn’t mean that a few cities in Kansas are a bit slower than others due to a lack of basic education.

After crunching the numbers, we ranked the ten dumbest cities in the Sunflower State.

Don’t freak out.

Some places are just smarter than others, but that says nothing about the character of the people living there. It’s another data point a real estate agent would never tell you.

For this ranking, we only looked at cities with populations greater than 5,000, leaving us 55 cities in Kansas to rank. You can take a look at the data below.

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Dumbest Places In Kansas For 2023

Liberal, KS

Source: Wikipedia User Billy Hathorn | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 19,340
% Adult High School Dropout: 31.0%
% Highly Educated: 9.0%
More on Liberal:  Cost Of Living

Coffeyville, KS

Source: Wikipedia User City of Coffeyville | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 9,032
% Adult High School Dropout: 16.0%
% Highly Educated: 15.0%
More on Coffeyville:  Cost Of Living

Ulysses, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,812
% Adult High School Dropout: 22.0%
% Highly Educated: 20.0%
More on Ulysses:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Great Bend, KS

Source: Wikipedia User Paul Sableman | CC BY 2.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 14,864
% Adult High School Dropout: 16.0%
% Highly Educated: 21.0%
More on Great Bend:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wellington, KS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 7,745
% Adult High School Dropout: 12.0%
% Highly Educated: 21.0%
More on Wellington:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Chanute, KS

Source: Wikipedia User Ichabod | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 8,737
% Adult High School Dropout: 10.0%
% Highly Educated: 20.0%
More on Chanute:  Cost Of Living

Overall SnackAbility

Population: 10,887
% Adult High School Dropout: 9.0%
% Highly Educated: 15.0%
More on Haysville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fort Scott, KS

Source: Wikipedia User Brandonrush | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 7,579
% Adult High School Dropout: 13.0%
% Highly Educated: 22.0%
More on Fort Scott:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bonner Springs, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 7,858
% Adult High School Dropout: 10.0%
% Highly Educated: 22.0%
More on Bonner Springs:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Parsons, KS

Source: Wikipedia User Kaethesson | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 9,652
% Adult High School Dropout: 11.0%
% Highly Educated: 23.0%
More on Parsons:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Methodology: How we determined the dumbest cities in the Sunflower State

We realize that formal education is only part of it when it comes to being intelligent, but on the other hand, knowing the difference between they’re, their, and there is always going to make you look pretty stupid.

So, we narrowed down our criteria to focus on a city’s educational opportunities and what percentage of the population takes advantage of those opportunities.

In short, we came up with these criteria to determine the dumbest cities in Kansas:

  • % of the city’s population with less than a high school education (Age 25+)
  • % of city’s population with a college degree (Age 25+)

We got the data from the U.S. Census 2017-2021 American Community Survey.

Then, our algorithm generates a rank for each place in these categories. After crunching all the numbers, a ranking of the cities in Kansas from dumbest to brightest.

For this ranking, we used every Kansas city with at least 5,000 residents. We updated this article for 2023, and it’s our tenth time ranking the dumbest cities in Kansas.

There You Have It – Now That You’re Asleep

If you’re measuring the locations in Kansas where there are a high number of dropouts and adults who never received a formal education, this is an accurate ranking.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the smartest places in Kansas, according to science:

  1. Leawood
  2. Mission
  3. Overland Park

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Dumbest Cities In Kansas For 2023

Rank City Population
1 Liberal, KS 19,340
2 Coffeyville, KS 9,032
3 Ulysses, KS 5,812
4 Great Bend, KS 14,864
5 Wellington, KS 7,745
6 Chanute, KS 8,737
7 Haysville, KS 10,887
8 Fort Scott, KS 7,579
9 Bonner Springs, KS 7,858
10 Parsons, KS 9,652
11 Emporia, KS 24,220
12 Colby, KS 5,434
13 Iola, KS 5,378
14 Hutchinson, KS 40,202
15 Wichita, KS 394,574
16 Abilene, KS 6,507
17 Winfield, KS 11,817
18 Paola, KS 5,733
19 Independence, KS 8,584
20 Concordia, KS 5,096
21 Newton, KS 18,576
22 Salina, KS 46,896
23 Pittsburg, KS 20,667
24 Topeka, KS 126,802
25 De Soto, KS 6,160
26 Pratt, KS 6,618
27 Valley Center, KS 8,365
28 Augusta, KS 9,299
29 Ottawa, KS 12,592
30 El Dorado, KS 12,855
31 Leavenworth, KS 37,216
32 Mcpherson, KS 13,916
33 Atchison, KS 10,773
34 Lansing, KS 11,321
35 Gardner, KS 23,065
36 Eudora, KS 6,457
37 Olathe, KS 140,339
38 Hays, KS 20,870
39 Bel Aire, KS 8,148
40 Shawnee, KS 67,021
41 Spring Hill, KS 7,883
42 Mulvane, KS 5,676
43 Basehor, KS 6,717
44 Merriam, KS 11,110
45 Manhattan, KS 54,794
46 Derby, KS 25,365
47 Tonganoxie, KS 5,383
48 Maize, KS 5,469
49 Andover, KS 15,162
50 Lawrence, KS 94,745
51 Lenexa, KS 56,755
52 Roeland Park, KS 6,871
53 Overland Park, KS 195,249
54 Mission, KS 9,884
55 Leawood, KS 33,748
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

2 thoughts on “The 10 Dumbest Places In Kansas For 2023

  1. This article has got to be the most insulting and moronic piece I have ever seen. The sentence, “We understand that since most of Liberal’s economy is based on agriculture, that a high school degree might not be as important as it might be if Liberal’s economy was more technology focused.” nearly made me throw my laptop! That has got to be the most offensive thing I have ever read. Really?? Do you think we in agriculture are still in the 1800’s? Do you think we still work the ground by ox and plow? Are we standing around barefoot and chewing on a wheat sprig? Astounding. Our family has operated a family farm for over 40 years. The skills that a farmer needs in this modern world would make your head spin. We use the highest technology available to us in producing the world’s food. Today’s farmer is an accountant, agronomist, banker, biologist, botanists, chemist, computer programmer, ecologist, economist, etymologist, marketing specialist, mechanic, meteorologist, and innumerable and extensive other specialists. Farmers are at the forefront of technology. They manage more information and maximize the performance of their tools, labor, machinery, resources, seed, animals, fertilizer, chemicals, etc all in the name of quality food production for the world. We are stewards of the land for future generations and take that very seriously. If you checked your facts, many have post secondary educations in a specialty area of agriculture or a complimentary field. Not finishing school is not a wise idea for success in this field. We aren’t hicks or no-nothings. We are professionals.

    1. Well said!! I am from Syracuse, KS and our lifestyle is greatly made up by the farms, dairies, and feedyards. People commonly assume that because we grew up doing physical labor ect that we simply MUST be uneducated and/or downright stupid. I’m on the path to attaining my PhD in advanced mathematics, with a minor in accounting. People I went to school with are literally making over a million dollars a year… oh, and we are all under 26 years of age. Never underestimate the value of a man or woman raised in an agricultural background.

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