These Are The 10 Best Kansas City Suburbs For 2018


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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Kansas City for 2018:

  1. Fairway (Homes)
  2. Mission Hills (Photos | Homes)
  3. Leawood (Photos | Homes)
  4. Overland Park (Photos | Homes)
  5. Parkville (Photos | Homes)
  6. Lee’S Summit (Homes)
  7. Raymore (Homes)
  8. Lake Lotawana (Homes)
  9. Shawnee (Photos | Homes)
  10. Lenexa (Photos | Homes)

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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 45 suburbs to evaluate around Kansas City.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 45 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.

1. Fairway

Population: 3,964
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $335,800
Median Income: $102,821
More on Fairway: Real Estate | Data

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 $102,821 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Kansas City region. And only 2.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $335,800 each.

2. Mission Hills

Mission Hills, Missouri

Population: 3,582
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Median Home Price: $942,400
Median Income: $246,528
More on Mission Hills: Real Estate | Data

Mission Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Kansas City for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

3. Leawood

Leawood, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 33,763
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $415,900
Median Income: $147,722
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Data

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.

4. Overland Park

Overland Park, Missouri

Population: 183,775
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $237,100
Median Income: $74,789
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Data

Overland Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Kansas City for 2018.

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.

5. Parkville

Parkville, Missouri

Population: 6,124
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Median Home Price: $335,600
Median Income: $116,359
More on Parkville: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Parkville.

Parkville gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Kansas City area, where houses sell for an average of $335,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Lee’S Summit

Population: 94,257
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $195,900
Median Income: $80,494
More on Lee’s Summit: Real Estate | Data

Lee’s Summit 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 4.1% which is 15th best in the area.

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

7. Raymore

Population: 20,107
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $178,100
Median Income: $76,699
More on Raymore: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Raymore.

Raymore 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 15.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Lake Lotawana

Population: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $346,000
Median Income: $90,221
More on Lake Lotawana: Real Estate | Data

Lake Lotawana 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 6.3% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Shawnee

Shawnee, Missouri

Population: 64,444
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $203,200
Median Income: $79,048
More on Shawnee: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Shawnee?’

Almost.

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.

10. Lenexa

Lenexa, Missouri

Population: 51,206
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $232,400
Median Income: $78,798
More on Lenexa: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Lenexa.

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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Fairway 3,964 2.7% $335,800 $102,821
2 Mission Hills 3,582 1.2% $942,400 $246,528
3 Leawood 33,763 3.8% $415,900 $147,722
4 Overland Park 183,775 4.0% $237,100 $74,789
5 Parkville 6,124 2.6% $335,600 $116,359
6 Lee’S Summit 94,257 4.1% $195,900 $80,494
7 Raymore 20,107 3.5% $178,100 $76,699
8 Lake Lotawana 2,274 2.7% $346,000 $90,221
9 Shawnee 64,444 4.1% $203,200 $79,048
10 Lenexa 51,206 4.2% $232,400 $78,798
11 Mission 9,490 2.2% $154,100 $53,655
12 Roeland Park 6,816 4.9% $155,100 $60,771
13 Basehor 5,167 4.7% $194,500 $78,955
14 Olathe 132,787 4.4% $201,200 $79,691
15 Gardner 20,667 5.6% $164,300 $70,309
16 Kearney 9,259 4.5% $158,100 $69,010
17 Lansing 11,706 3.3% $174,900 $83,356
18 Smithville 9,069 7.3% $174,200 $72,708
19 Merriam 11,248 3.0% $152,700 $57,281
20 Blue Springs 53,641 4.4% $146,800 $65,773
21 Spring Hill 5,863 5.3% $170,300 $66,825
22 Grain Valley 13,273 1.9% $151,600 $58,484
23 Pleasant Valley 3,043 3.8% $127,800 $53,782
24 Greenwood 5,474 4.6% $143,300 $72,500
25 Tonganoxie 4,792 4.1% $143,900 $49,514
26 Liberty 30,239 5.5% $165,600 $68,480
27 Louisburg 4,323 5.1% $158,100 $50,991
28 Oak Grove 7,844 3.2% $117,500 $50,911
29 Pleasant Hill 8,272 5.9% $162,900 $62,065
30 Leavenworth 35,948 5.4% $115,500 $55,702
31 Gladstone 26,562 5.9% $132,500 $52,093
32 Eudora 6,116 12.9% $133,600 $56,766
33 Belton 23,236 6.6% $124,000 $60,405
34 De Soto 5,982 6.0% $192,700 $52,077
35 Raytown 29,366 7.8% $97,000 $48,565
36 Peculiar 4,856 6.0% $140,800 $51,944
37 Edwardsville 4,364 10.2% $115,500 $60,632
38 Bonner Springs 7,567 9.0% $157,700 $58,601
39 Excelsior Springs 11,480 5.8% $114,500 $48,523
40 Grandview 25,126 7.3% $102,700 $42,626
41 Harrisonville 10,002 11.4% $126,700 $41,538
42 Buckner 3,082 8.9% $96,900 $47,628
43 Independence 117,217 7.8% $100,500 $44,415
44 Riverside 3,103 12.2% $192,700 $28,750
45 Sugar Creek 3,327 6.2% $83,000 $35,919

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