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This Southeast Kansas community boasts a low cost of living and a great place to live with a family-oriented mindset. There are many amenities of a big city, but in a small city environment with an active downtown and business culture. Leaders keep economic development at the forefront by strengthening and growing existing businesses and promoting and attracting new businesses. Schools, civic organizations, and churches make up the fabric of this tight-knit community. School options include public and private K-12 and nearby technical and community colleges and a university. If you’re looking for opportunities to relax or have some fun, there are many city parks, sports programs for youth and adults, unique festivals, and casinos. If you’re looking for a weekend get-away, grab a Starbucks on your way out of town and in less than two hours you will be enjoying the big city life or boating on a fabulous lake.