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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing ranks 7th in homeownership study, Leavenworth 54th

  • Lansing ranks seventh among the best cities in Kansas for homeownership. That's according to a study from NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website.
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      Below is a list of the top 10 cities in the state for homeownership, according to a study from the website NerdWallet:


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      Best places for homeownership in Kansas

      Below is a list of the top 10 cities in the state for homeownership, according to a study from the website NerdWallet:



      1. Andover



      2. Spring Hill



      3. Derby



      4. Bel Aire



      5. Gardner



      6. Park City



      7. Lansing



      8. Ulysses



      9. Leawood



      10. Olathe

  • Lansing ranks seventh among the best cities in Kansas for homeownership. That's according to a study from NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website.
    "We were very pleased (with the ranking)" Lansing City Administrator Mike Smith said.
    The city of Leavenworth didn't fare as well, ranking in 54th place in the study.
    Maggie Clark, an analyst for NerdWallet who worked on the study, said the list was based on analysis of U.S. Census data.
    "It's a purely data driven study," she said.
    Clark said cities were ranked based on three factors ― homeownership rates, affordability and population growth.
    She said Lansing was strong in the area of its homeownership rate, which is 80.7 percent.
    Clark said Lansing also scored well in terms of affordability, which takes into account median incomes and home costs.
    She said Lansing's weakest area was in population growth.
    While the city is growing, there are other communities on the list with higher growth rates.
    Smith said there are a lot of reasons why people want to purchase homes in Lansing including good schools, a low crime rate and strong parks and recreation services.
    "I think that people just see us on the right track," he said.
    Cities that finished ahead of Lansing on the list were Andover, Spring Hill, Derby, Bel Aire, Gardner and Park City.
    Clark said the list is part of a national series NerdWallet is doing on homeownership.
    "We're going state by state," she said.
    She said Leavenworth was hurt in the rankings because of its low homeownership rate of 48.6 percent.
    Clark said cities with a high percentage of rental properties don't do well in the study.
    She also said the city has low population growth, but it is growing rather than decreasing.
    Leavenworth Mayor Mark Preisinger attributed the low homeownership rate to the city's transient population.
    He said this is largely due to Fort Leavenworth, which brings people to the community for a limited period of time.
    He said many of the rental properties in the city are "higher end."
    Preisinger said 23 percent of the city's rental properties rent for more than $1,500 per month. Statewide, the rate is 3.5 percent.
    "We're seven times the state average on nice rental homes," he said.
    Preisinger said a reduction in city property taxes of about 40 percent that is anticipated as a result of a new sales tax will make Leavenworth more competitive.
    "I think we're moving in the right direction," he said.

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