Kansas is a State with a rich history. It is named after the Native American Tribe who inhabited the area at the time. The state is aptly named “Cyclone State”, because of the tornadoes that occur quite frequently. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado. This is a State with a wide and varied landscape. Hills, farms, woodlands, cities, sand dunes, grass lands, wheat farms and many more are common to Kansas. For those looking for retirement properties in a rural setting, this State may prove to be ideal. The Kansas prairies are well-known among almost everyone, and this is where the beautiful sunflowers of Kansas grow. This is the reason Kansas’ nickname is the “Sunflower State”.
Kansas’ economy relies upon agriculture, although it is a State that had an abundance of oil and natural gas. Cattle, sheep, wheat, soybeans, cotton, hogs, corn and salt are Kansas’ main agricultural outputs. Wheat is produced in great proportions in this State, and if you like bread this state produces it in spades. Although Kansas ranked 8th in oil production, in the US, it has seen a steady decline since 1999. The State was also ranked 8th in natural gas production, although this too has declined steadily since the 1990s due to natural depletion. However, Kansas remains strong, economy-wise, because of its manufacturing and service industries. Did you know that Kansas is currently, the leader in the production of civilian airplanes? Kansas had a population of 2.8 million as of 2012. Out of this 13.7% are over the age of 65. The average household size is 2.49 and the average price of a home is $144,900. There are plenty of senior living properties in Kansas for affordable prices.
Kansas Attractions for Seniors
If you have already made up your mind about retiring to one of the many over 55 communities in Kansas, then you are in for a treat. Kansas offers you many attractions you really should take the time to consider this option. First, you must visit the birthplace of Amelia Earhart in Atchinson, Kansas. You can also visit the Veteran’s Tribute – Hands of Freedom in Shawnee where a monument comprised of granite slabs with a bronze globe sitting atop the highest granite slab has been erected honoring military veterans of all wars and peacetime. Money Museum at the Federal Reserve is not a place to miss where you get to see millions of dollars in currency being processed at KC's Federal Reserve Bank and see an impressive collection of coins.View a wide variety of hybrid trees and shrubs, native to Kansas by visiting Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Overland Park or cast your line and enjoy some great fishing at Bone Creek Reservoir in Arma. Whatever you are looking for, relaxation or an active retirement, you can find it all in Kansas.