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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Emporia is a town in Kansas with a population of 24,649. Emporia is in Lyon County and is one of the best places to live in Kansas. Living in Emporia offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Emporia there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Emporia and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Emporia are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$88,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$671
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Emporia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    44.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    68.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    198.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,490
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    48.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    22%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Emporia

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,063
National
$55,322
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Emporia is a small town but it's calm, danger freetown. For us teenagers we say there is nothing to do in Emporia, and that’s okay, we can still go out with friends with no worries. Also for our safety we are only allowed to be out until 11. This keeps us out of trouble and also safe at home. Emporia has places where you can go with friends and have a good time. There are good job opportunities and there is great schools, we have private schools and we have public schools. The neighborhoods are calm and friendly, no one complains unless there is a reason to. The people are kind and treat each other with respect even if we don’t know each other. Overall the town of Emporia us a great town to be in.
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Emporia is a unique farm town in North East Kansas. It is home to one of the five public universities in Kansas, ESU. Emporia also plays host to the Glass Blown Open, the world's largest disc gold tournament, every year, along with the Dirty Kanza 200, the world's premier gravel bike race. We also have some of the best drinking water in the world! Last year we were selected in a national poll for the best main street in the US. Finally, we are the founding city of Veteran's Day and the home town of William Allen White.
Emporia Kansas is big but not huge. The best part about Emporia is the church atmosphere. Being from Eugene, Oregon which is a predominately liberal state, it is very hard to have a close relationship to God. However, here in Emporia, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to advancing your relationship with God. The people are so friendly, the food is FANTASTIC, and you can always find something to do. Everyone is very close to each other and it helps build a lot of connections that may even lead to potential work experiences. Emporia is the place to be, especially if you are looking for a place that is cheap compared to most other places in the country.