Survey: Kansas cops have one of the best quality of lives, but mid-pack overall

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - There are few places in America where police officers can live better than right here in the Sunflower State.

That’s according to a new Wallethub survey that tried to determine the best and worst states for law enforcement officers. It found Kansas officers had the third best quality of life, trailing only North Dakota and New Hampshire.

To determine each state’s quality of life, Wallethub weighed factors like how much is spent on police protection, housing prices, whether the state is friendly to families and to singles, and what the public thought of their local law enforcement in general.

But, while the quality of life is relatively good, when it comes to the overall best places to be a cop, Kansas slips down to 18th, mainly because it ranked in the bottom half of the other two categories.

In “Opportunity & Competition,” which measures factors like the number of law enforcement jobs and wages, Kansas posted its worst ranking at 38th. While in the “Job Hazards & Protections” category, which included crime rates, legal protections, police misconduct, and more, Kansas came in just below mid-pack at 32nd.

In all, if you want to be a cop, but not here in Kansas, you may want to look at New York, Maryland, or California, which ranked 1, 2, and 3. At the other end of the spectrum, however, were Kentucky, Arkansas, and Louisiana.