These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Arkansas

We used science and data to determine which places in Arkansas are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Kansas?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Kansas – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Kansas cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Sunflower State:

  1. Kansas City (Photos)
  2. Osawatomie
  3. Emporia (Photos)
  4. Independence
  5. Lawrence
  6. Garnett (Photos)
  7. Atchison (Photos)
  8. Kingman (Photos)
  9. Coffeyville (Photos)
  10. Arkansas City (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Mission Hills is the happiest place in Kansas.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.


How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Kansas

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Kansas, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Kansas with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 105 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Kansas’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.


1. Kansas City

Kansas City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 147,598
People Who Own Their Home: 50.62%
Married Adults: 40.74%

2. Osawatomie

Osawatomie, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,403
People Who Own Their Home: 59.92%
Married Adults: 36.25%

3. Emporia

Emporia, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,787
People Who Own Their Home: 44.47%
Married Adults: 40.41%

4. Independence

Independence, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,282
People Who Own Their Home: 51.34%
Married Adults: 44.7%

5. Lawrence

Lawrence, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 90,194
People Who Own Their Home: 42.18%
Married Adults: 34.97%

6. Garnett

Garnett, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,345
People Who Own Their Home: 50.58%
Married Adults: 48.05%

7. Atchison

Atchison, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,920
People Who Own Their Home: 59.41%
Married Adults: 37.43%

8. Kingman

Kingman, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,151
People Who Own Their Home: 52.66%
Married Adults: 47.01%

9. Coffeyville

Coffeyville, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,034
People Who Own Their Home: 51.1%
Married Adults: 42.88%

10. Arkansas City

Arkansas City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,316
People Who Own Their Home: 50.22%
Married Adults: 45.45%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Kansas

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Kansas City 1 50.62%
Osawatomie 2 59.92%
Emporia 3 44.47%
Independence 4 51.34%
Lawrence 5 42.18%
Garnett 6 50.58%
Atchison 7 59.41%
Kingman 8 52.66%
Coffeyville 9 51.1%
Arkansas City 10 50.22%
Pittsburg 11 39.62%
Topeka 12 50.91%
Great Bend 13 55.21%
Iola 14 51.03%
Concordia 15 56.27%
Wichita 16 54.19%
Parsons 17 50.82%
Manhattan 18 35.33%
Baldwin City 19 60.48%
Goodland 20 44.03%
Ottawa 21 53.75%
Leavenworth 22 44.24%
De Soto 23 51.59%
Galena 24 59.51%
Winfield 25 55.23%
Lyons 26 57.95%
Liberal 27 58.86%
Eudora 28 56.93%
El Dorado 29 51.87%
Dodge City 30 56.77%
Hays 31 50.05%
Junction City 32 40.82%
Chanute 33 53.6%
Augusta 34 61.23%
Eureka 35 58.22%
Columbus 36 52.35%
Merriam 37 51.18%
Hutchinson 38 55.24%
Fredonia 39 55.84%
Girard 40 52.23%
Frontenac 41 60.39%
Edwardsville 42 66.19%
Holton 43 51.91%
Wellington 44 59.26%
Salina 45 59.41%
Fort Scott 46 47.81%
Park City 47 65.06%
Sterling 48 56.3%
Baxter Springs 49 57.57%
Fort Riley 50 0.69%
Hiawatha 51 52.93%
Mission 52 46.31%
Bonner Springs 53 61.72%
Garden City 54 58.77%
Oswego 55 66.32%
Newton 56 59.57%
Burlington 57 56.73%
Minneapolis 58 64.17%
Tonganoxie 59 53.14%
Ulysses 60 68.18%
Haysville 61 67.2%
Paola 62 61.12%
Anthony 63 65.92%
Wamego 64 64.61%
Lansing 65 72.25%
Lenexa 66 58.81%
Hugoton 67 70.48%
Phillipsburg 68 63.77%
Larned 69 54.58%
Russell 70 62.47%
Overland Park 71 60.92%
Louisburg 72 63.85%
Pratt 73 56.58%
Spring Hill 74 72.0%
Elkhart 75 56.54%
Gardner 76 65.59%
Maize 77 72.97%
Roeland Park 78 69.27%
Ellsworth 79 65.65%
Olathe 80 68.61%
Hillsboro 81 59.7%
Abilene 82 63.78%
Norton 83 66.45%
Lindsborg 84 59.28%
Marysville 85 55.97%
Shawnee 86 69.17%
Scott City 87 72.44%
Valley Center 88 73.47%
Fairway 89 82.25%
Clay Center 90 62.17%
Colby 91 62.61%
Goddard 92 73.35%
Clearwater 93 68.19%
Beloit 94 57.68%
Hesston 95 68.65%
Derby 96 66.25%
Andover 97 74.99%
Mulvane 98 77.19%
Prairie Village 99 75.82%
Basehor 100 76.65%
Bel Aire 101 82.64%
Rose Hill 102 78.13%
Leawood 103 90.44%
Mcpherson 104 69.54%
Mission Hills 105 95.45%

4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Arkansas

  1. Come on really? Check your facts and post pictures of the real town. That isn’t the picture of Lincoln.

  2. Contentment, happiness and misery are clearly all subjective and based on an individual’s state of mind. From my perspective, where you live, what you earn, whether or not you’re married, whether or not you’re a home owner and whether or not you have a college degree are not indicators of happiness/joy and/or misery. If your happiness is based on these things I think you’re sadly, a very miserable person. My joy stems from the loves in my life, my family and friends; and the things I can do to help others and sow into the lives of others. Ultimately my joy comes from my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. But even if you are not a believer, your happiness should not come from these things. If it does, your emotional state will always fluctuate with your circumstances and surroundings; and personally, I don’t want to live that way.

  3. Polls based on data makes me sad.I grew up in Prescott ,Arkansas,then moved away for many years.Prescott was once a thriving town with plenty of jobs and the kind of “Mayberry”town where everyone knew everyone.Through the years,because of economic changes,Prescott lost several businesses.The interstate and chain businesses hurt the mom and pop stores .I came home a year and a half ago.I can say that this is the best move that I have ever made.I don’t base my opinion on polls or theories .I base my love for the city of Prescott on the people who meet at Izzys cafe for lunch and are met by the owner who makes sure that you are treated like roylalty,the checkers at the grocery who carry on a conversation as if they have known you forever, even if they havent,the friendly “hellos” in passing,the library where it’s ok to speak loud because you greet your neighbor there.It’s the warmth that you feel just driving through town.The Farmers Markets,the parades,ballgames,festivals,county fairs and most of all,the strive to make Prescott a better place to raise your kids.Unless you’ve lived in this town, throw your data in the trash.Small towns like Prescott still exist,where life is slow and peaceful,quiet and caring.I don’t miss the fast,corrupt,noisy cities I have lived in one bit.Prescott may not be on your list of “to do ” cities,but I’m proud to call it home.

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