Enriching Quality of Life

Salina’s a great place to be young, just ask former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founder of America’s Promise. The organization named Salina one of the 100 best cities for young people in 2005. Salina offers a variety of activities for our youngest citizens.

Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010

BusinessWeek Magazine

Best Place to Raise Your Kids: Kansas

  • Salina

  • Nearest city: Wichita
  • Population: 45,751
  • Median family income: $55,663
  • Runners-up: Lawrence, Olathe

Salina, located 95 miles north of Wichita, Kan., is one of the world's largest wheat-producing areas, a regional trade center, and a major manufacturing center for lighting, automotive batteries, and foods. It shot to the top of our list because the cost of living and crime rate are low and school test scores are relatively high.


Ell-Saline School District Ell-Saline School District Kansas State University - Salina Kansas Wesleyan University KU School of Medicine - Salina Montessori School Salina Christian Academy Salina Public School District Salina Tech Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency - Salina Southeast of Saline School District St. Mary's Sacred Heart

Places of Worship



Applebee's Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe Chili's Grill and Bar Daimaru Japanese Steakhouse Freddy's Frozen Custard Gutierrez Mexican Restaurant Martinelli's Little Italy Red Lobster The Cozy Inn Tucson's Steakhouse


Kohl's Salina Central Mall Salina Downtown Target

Outdoor Activities

Aquatic Park City Parks Fishing, Hunting, Camping and Boating Great Life Golf & Fitness Hiking and Biking Trails Rolling Hills Refuge Wildlife Center Salina Country Club Salina Family YMCA Salina Municipal Golf Course


Cultural Amenities

Blue Heaven Studio Salina Art Center Salina Arts and Humanities Salina Community Theater Salina Symphony Smokey Hill River Festival Stiefel Theatre

Regional Interests

Manhattan Regional Airport Salina Municipal Airport Wichita Mid-Continent Airport