Experts Survey Revealed the Drunkest Cities in Kansas For 2024

We used Saturday Night Science to find out which cities in Kansas have the highest levels of alcohol consumption. Is it a problem to be known as the city in Kansas with the highest rate of alcohol consumption?

Here is something interesting about Kansas: Kansas has the 5th lowest number of people who drink heavily in the state. On average, each resident drinks about 20 beers per year. However, the cities below compensate for this.

How do you determine the amount of alcohol consumed in a specific city within a state? You can determine the popularity of drinking by looking at the number of places where alcohol is sold and how frequently people discuss drinking.

Additionally, we thought it would be a good idea to include a stereotype. Research has shown that if one or both partners in a marriage have alcohol addiction, the chances of divorce are three times higher. By the way, Kansas has an average divorce rate compared to other states in the U.S.

Drunkest Cities in Kansas for 2024


Population: 87,963
Divorce rate: 8.4%
Bars per capita: 5th
Liquor stores per capita: 11th

Overland Park

Population: 174,404
Divorce rate: 11%
Bars per capita: 10th
Liquor stores per capita: 11th

Overland Park has many bars, much more than Lawerence. But keep in mind, we are looking at the amount of alcohol available per person. Overland Park has a greater number of barstools compared to Lawrence, and the divorce rate is also higher in Overland Park.


Population: 52,988
Divorce rate: 5.2%
Bars per capita: 2nd
Liquor stores per capita: 19th

In Manhattan, a city with just over 50,000 people, there are many bars and places where you can get alcohol, especially in the Manhattan/Moro area. And, you can imagine that there is a lot of drinking that occurs on campus, especially on game days.


Population: 3,300
Divorce rate: 15%
Bars per capita: 8th
Liquor stores per capita: 4th

Little Holton is a very small town in Kansas that has a reputation for being heavily intoxicated. Even though this place has only a few bars and a couple of liquor stores, the population is just over 3,000 people. This means that there is a large amount of alcohol for each person. There is probably a reason for that.

Junction City

Population: 23,150
Divorce rate: 12%
Bars per capita: 6th
Liquor stores per capita: 10th

Junction City is a community near Manhattan that is known for its drinking-friendly atmosphere. There are many bars and liquor stores here where locals can meet and talk about farming, KU, and farming.


Population: 381,176
Divorce rate: 14%
Bars per capita: 5th
Liquor stores per capita: 21st

Yet another college town has made it into the top 10. However, when you consider party school rankings, it seems that Wichita is only ranked as the 12th largest party school in the entire state of Kansas. How is that possible when there are over 100 places to go and drink every night of the week?

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Population: 127,312
Divorce rate: 16%
Bars per capita: 13th
Liquor stores per capita: 16th

In Topeka, Kansas, not only are 1 in 6 people divorced, but also more than 5% are unemployed. That’s a very high number for both categories in the small state of Kansas. This means that the approximately 100 locations that serve alcohol are very attractive to people who should be spending time with their children and searching for employment.


Population: 20,586
Divorce rate: 10%
Bars per capita: 11th
Liquor stores per capita: 13th

If you’re driving on I-70 and stop for gas in Hays, you might want to explore the area. There are likely many people who are somewhat drunk at any time of the day. That’s probably what many bars in a small town suggest.

Kansas City

Population: 145,605
Divorce rate: 14%
Bars per capita: 39th
Liquor stores per capita: 45th

To all the heavy drinkers in KCKS who believe that this list is not accurate, I want to tell you: Take another drink and relax. Kansas City actually ranked much lower than 10th. We moved them up because we have personal experience witnessing the late-night drama that occurs in and around bars here.

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