Overland Park, KS

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Boasting some of the highest incomes in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Overland Park has won its place as one of the city's larger and most affluent suburbs; so large, in fact, that it has suburbs of its own! As the second most populated city in Kansas, Overland Park has a population a little over 170,000. Established in 1905 by William B. Strang, Jr. on land he'd purchased, several subdivisions were mapped near a military roadway that later became the historic downtown area. Officially incorporated in 1960, Overland Park has quickly risen to the top of Kansas City living, covering over 75 square miles. The city has exceptional schools, including both the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission School Districts, with the schools as a whole ranking eight out of ten at the review and rating site GreatSchools.org.

Top Neighborhoods in Overland Park, KS

There are so many wonderful places to live in and around Overland Park, but here are some of the best places, whether in the heart of the city or allowing enjoyment of more natural surroundings.

  • Shawnee: Businessweek named Shawnee as one of the best and most affordable suburbs in the U.S., and it was also named one of the top 20 all-American cities by The National Civic League.
  • Mission Hills: Forbes rated Mission Hills as the 3rd most wealthy city in America in 2011, something most Johnson County residents could tell you, as Mission Hills has a reputation for affluence.
  • Lexana: Lexana was recognized as a Top 100 place to live both in 2009 and again in 2011 by CNN Money.
  • Historic Downtown: Despite the city's recent building boom, Historic Downtown Overland Park has retained its historical air. The neighborhood offers a trendy alternative to the standard apartment fare, with townhomes, condominiums and lofts abounding.

Transportation Options in Overland Park, KS

A number of interstates and U.S. routes work their way through Overland Park, leaving it well connected to the region. The Kansas City International Airport is approximately 22 miles north of Overland Park and is serviced by a number of airlines. Both freight and passenger rail lines run through Overland Park and Kansas City, with freight service provided by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Union Pacific Railroads. Passenger rail lines are available at Kansas City's Union Station, with Amtrak lines for the Missouri River Runner and Southwest Chief lines.

Public transportation is available in the form of bus service through the Johnson County Transit, or the JO, as it is referred to locally. The routes help transport people between different points in Johnson County as well as linking up to Kansas City transportation lines and into other suburbs.

Cultural Attractions in Overland Park, KS

Overland Park has so much to offer in terms of culture! The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens cover 300 acres of well manicured plants and gardens, with over five miles of trails and beautiful Wolf Creek running through it. If you're looking for an awesome experience with the kids, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a 12 acre park that is in the top 10 tourist attractions in the Kansas City metro area, including hay rides, over 200 animals, fishing pond and much, much more; it even went so far as to be named the top family attraction in Kansas City in 2008 by the Nickelodeon Channel.

The historic downtown area has an active farmer's market, a clocktower plaza, a statue of the city's founder, the Strang Carriage House and the headquarters for the Overland Park Historical Society. Nearby Johnson Community College is home to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. The city also has several public art works, including Shim Sham Shimmy, a sculptural piece of blue arching steel plates.

Weather in Overland Park, KS

Because Overland Park is in the transition zone between the humid subtropical climate zone and the humid continental climate zone, the city typically has hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. It has an elevation of approximately 1,000 feet, helping to protect against flooding. The city receives slightly more rainfall than the rest of the United States on average, at 38.8" compared to 36.5". It does receive somewhat less snowfall than the rest of the United States at 17.6" versus 25", making for easier commutes. These numbers tie right in with an average 213 sunny days compared to the U.S. average of 205. The temperatures in July average 89 degrees F and the low average in January is 19.4 degrees F.

5 Neighborhoods in Overland Park, KS

  • Deer Creek

    An upscale suburban oasis with dining, shopping and entertainment options galore, the Deer Creek neighborhood offers a relaxing way of life. Known for excellent infrastructure, with well-maintained streets and public areas, highly regarded schools, a low crime rate, and beautiful homes in quiet neighborhoods, Deer Creek has been ranks in the top 20 places to live, according to Livability.

  • Good Neighbors

    Good Neighbors, a small, square neighborhood in the southern section of Overland Park, lies just 12 miles away from Kansas City. As the second-most populated city in Kansas, Overland Park is primarily suburban, though several Fortune 500 companies have headquarters in the area. Good Neighbors, nestled just outside of Overland’s Park’s downtown area, provides a quiet lifestyle for commuters.

  • South Lake

    South Lake, part of downtown Overland Park, forms the heart of Kansas City's western suburbs and includes houses, restaurants, park spaces and plenty of cultural activities. The city's government plaza and Shawnee Mission West High School sit just to the west of the neighborhood, and you can walk to plenty of retail spaces just a few short blocks north of South Lake.

  • St Andrews Place

    St. Andrew's Place is a safe neighborhood featuring bike trails, good schools, and community events. It is roughly 20 minutes from downtown Overland Park, but this is more than a bedroom community -- St. Andrews Place is a self-sustained community with a suburban quality that attracts new residents to the area. The neighborhood wraps around Tomahawk Valley Park, and the large St. Andrews Golf Club borders the neighborhood on the east side.

  • Strang Line

    The historic Strang Line neighborhood contains older homes, nearly 1,500 residents and plenty of mixed housing styles just north of downtown Overland Park. This well-populated area sits just west of several retail locations, within walking distance of a grocery store and near many cultural centers that define this part of Kansas City's suburbs.