These Are The 10 Best Kansas City Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 26 places around Kansas City to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Kansas City suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Kansas City are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Fairway, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Kansas City ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Kansas City for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Kansas City was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Kansas City.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 46 suburbs to evaluate around Kansas City.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 46 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Kansas City.” We’re lookin’ at you, Fairway.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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Population: 3,946
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,050
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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Fairway is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Kansas City area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Fairway.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $103,050 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Kansas City region. And only 1.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $338,400 each.

Mission Hills, KS

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Population: 3,578
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
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Mission Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Kansas City for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 0.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Leawood, KS

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Population: 34,195
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $151,446
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
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Here in Leawood, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Kansas City metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Leawood.

Overland Park, KS

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Population: 186,147
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,217
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Overland Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Kansas City for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Overland Park and the schools are some of the best around.

Parkville, MO

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Population: 6,326
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $120,333
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Parkville.

Parkville gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Kansas City area, where houses sell for an average of $358,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 20,358
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,092
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Raymore: Real Estate | Data

Raymore is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.1% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Raymore is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Kansas City area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 2,173
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $93,194
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Lake Lotawana.

Lake Lotawana schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 18.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 95,270
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $83,601
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Lee’s Summit: Real Estate | Data

Lee’s Summit is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.5% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Review Of Lee’s Summit by HomeSnacks User

The schools here are great. We moved to the area because of the good public schools. There really is a small town feel, and everyone is very friendly. There is great diversity here as well. Lee’s Summit is close to Kansas City, so there are the advantages of living in a large city without the congestion and crime. Many companies are based in the Kansas City area. Housing prices are generally fairly low compared to the rest of the country.

Downtown is quaint with many mom and pop shops and festivals held throughout the year. There are many extra curricular programs for kids. There are a lot of parks, and tons of nature trails, including three lakes and two state parks.

Lenexa, KS

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Population: 52,030
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $81,173
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Lenexa?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Gardner, KS

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Population: 21,059
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $71,945
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Gardner.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Kansas City ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Kansas City, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Kansas City Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Fairway 3,946 $103,050
2 Mission Hills 3,578 $250,000
3 Leawood 34,195 $151,446
4 Overland Park 186,147 $78,217
5 Parkville 6,326 $120,333
6 Raymore 20,358 $80,092
7 Lake Lotawana 2,173 $93,194
8 Lee’s Summit 95,270 $83,601
9 Lenexa 52,030 $81,173
10 Gardner 21,059 $71,945
11 Shawnee 64,840 $81,964
12 Basehor 5,401 $77,755
13 Roeland Park 6,810 $64,757
14 Olathe 134,368 $82,649
15 Kearney 9,469 $72,593
16 Mission 9,445 $55,690
17 Lansing 11,771 $84,183
18 Smithville 9,274 $75,228
19 Tonganoxie 5,088 $66,705
20 Pleasant Valley 3,026 $57,549
21 Blue Springs 54,036 $68,258
22 Grain Valley 13,480 $61,630
23 Greenwood 5,771 $80,397
24 Spring Hill 6,064 $67,992
25 Merriam 11,259 $57,109
26 Liberty 30,602 $70,066
27 Louisburg 4,347 $56,859
28 Eudora 6,272 $72,477
29 Oak Grove 7,921 $54,397
30 Leavenworth 35,958 $58,989
31 Belton 23,299 $62,055
32 Gladstone 26,738 $55,119
33 Peculiar 4,905 $51,973
34 Raytown 29,334 $51,089
35 De Soto 6,042 $51,461
36 Pleasant Hill 8,321 $61,550
37 Edwardsville 4,436 $61,228
38 Bonner Springs 7,644 $56,164
39 Grandview 25,226 $44,523
40 Excelsior Springs 11,555 $49,029
41 Independence 117,369 $46,268
42 Harrisonville 10,025 $44,098
43 Buckner 3,066 $50,618
44 Riverside 3,178 $34,335
45 Sugar Creek 3,324 $38,767
46 Kansas City 151,042 $41,671

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