These Are The 10 Best Kansas City Suburbs


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:

  1. Prairie Village
  2. Leawood
  3. Overland Park
  4. Parkville (Photos)
  5. Olathe
  6. Roeland Park
  7. Shawnee
  8. Merriam
  9. Lenexa
  10. 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.

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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.

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1. Prairie Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 21,730
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $208,400
Median Income: $81,422

2. Leawood


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

4. Parkville

Parkville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,811
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $335,500
Median Income: $113,652

5. Olathe


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

7. Shawnee


Population 2014: 63,597
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $195,300
Median Income: $74,992

8. Merriam


Population 2014: 11,191
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $153,800
Median Income: $55,103

9. Lenexa


Population 2014: 49,573
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $221,400
Median Income: $75,400

10. Raymore

Raymore, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,576
Unemployment 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

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Prairie Village 1 21,730 3.4% $208,400 $81,422
Leawood 2 32,842 3.3% $388,100 $133,702
Overland Park 3 178,945 5.1% $225,000 $72,231
Parkville 4 5,811 4.6% $335,500 $113,652
Olathe 5 129,913 5.3% $195,500 $76,519
Roeland Park 6 6,799 2.9% $155,300 $64,394
Shawnee 7 63,597 4.9% $195,300 $74,992
Merriam 8 11,191 5.0% $153,800 $55,103
Lenexa 9 49,573 5.6% $221,400 $75,400
Raymore 10 19,576 5.1% $174,800 $72,380
Mission 11 9,451 4.1% $153,800 $51,080
Grain Valley 12 13,037 5.6% $150,400 $57,168
Lee’S Summit 13 92,813 5.4% $188,200 $78,186
Smithville 14 8,791 4.3% $178,300 $73,114
Gardner 15 20,128 6.4% $159,500 $65,938
Blue Springs 16 53,053 6.2% $143,600 $63,850
Oak Grove 17 7,747 7.0% $118,000 $50,325
Liberty 18 29,806 8.8% $164,700 $65,106
Gladstone 19 26,032 8.1% $129,500 $52,783
Raytown 20 29,520 6.8% $98,300 $49,442
Bonner Springs 21 7,420 7.2% $150,100 $54,658
Belton 22 23,197 10.2% $122,300 $53,316
Kansas City 23 465,005 9.1% $133,600 $45,376
Independence 24 117,160 9.0% $98,800 $44,038
Grandview 25 24,860 10.0% $105,200 $41,559
Kansas City 26 147,598 12.7% $88,600 $38,073

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