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, here are the 10 best suburbs around Kansas City:
- Prairie Village
- Overland Park
- Parkville (Photos)
- Roeland Park
- Raymore (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Prairie Village, 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.
How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Kansas City
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
Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Kansas City, Mo–Ks Urbanized Area.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 26 suburbs to evaluate around Kansas City.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 26 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, Prairie Village.
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.
1. Prairie Village
Population: 21,730 Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $208,400
Median Income: $81,422
Population 2014: 32,842 Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $388,100
Median Income: $133,702
3. Overland Park
Population 2014: 178,945 Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $225,000
Median Income: $72,231
Population: 5,811Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $335,500
Median Income: $113,652
Population 2014: 129,913 Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $195,500
Median Income: $76,519
6. Roeland Park
Population 2014: 6,799 Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $155,300
Median Income: $64,394
Population 2014: 63,597 Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $195,300
Median Income: $74,992
Population 2014: 11,191 Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $153,800
Median Income: $55,103
Population 2014: 49,573 Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $221,400
Median Income: $75,400
Population: 19,576Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $174,800
Median Income: $72,380
Welcome to the ‘Burbs
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 Burbs To Live Around Kansas City