Best Overland Park Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 40 places around Overland Park to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Overland Park 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 Overland Park are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Overland Park? Mission Hills ranks as the best suburb of Overland Park for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Mission Hills, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Overland Park 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Kansas:

The 10 Best Overland Park Suburbs To Live For 2020

Mission Hills, KS

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6
/10

Population: 3,580
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
More on Mission Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mission Hills is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Overland Park area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Mission Hills."

Everyone here is rich; families average $250,001 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Overland Park region. And only 0.5% are out of work. Homes average more than $976,200 each.

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10
/10

Population: 3,947
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $105,000
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Fairway: Real Estate | Data

Fairway is the second best 'burb we looked at near Overland Park for 2020.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 1.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Leawood, KS

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10
/10

Population: 34,570
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $149,736
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Leawood, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Overland Park 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.

Review Of Leawood by HomeSnacks User

My parents moved from Wichita to Overland Park then to Leawood. Leawood is a lovely city, near the Plaza. Thinking of moving there- I hope you are financially successful and secure.

Parkville, MO

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7
/10

Population: 6,524
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $127,887
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Parkville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parkville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Overland Park for 2020.

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

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9.5
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Population: 2,092
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $98,438
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Lake Lotawana: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Lake Lotawana.

Lake Lotawana gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Overland Park area, where houses sell for an average of $356,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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9
/10

Population: 96,325
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $85,325
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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 3.26% which is 17th best in the area.

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

Review Of Lee's Summit by HomeSnacks User

Lee's Summit is a great midwestern suburb of Kansas City. It is a very large suburb measured in total acres, business and restaurant offerings and population. Lee's Summit is a well educated and safe suburb.

As a Kansas City suburb, you will find many KC Chiefs football fans and KC Royals baseball fans. Lots of weather variations in this midwestern town. Visitors will experience humidity in the summer, beautiful fall leaves, couple snow falls during the winter, and thunder storms in the spring.

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6
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Population: 6,092
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 13)
Median Income: $91,733
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data

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

Greenwood 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 19.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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9
/10

Population: 20,743
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $81,603
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Raymore: Real Estate | Data

Raymore 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 4.35% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Lenexa, KS

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9
/10

Population: 53,051
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,370
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Lenexa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Lenexa?'

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.

Gardner, KS

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7.5
/10

Population: 21,351
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $75,985
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Gardner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Overland Park for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Overland Park 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 for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Overland Park.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 42 suburbs to evaluate around Overland Park.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 42 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 Overland Park." We're lookin' at you, Mission Hills. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Overland Park 'Burbs of 2020

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 Overland Park, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Overland Park Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Mission Hills, KS 3,580 $250,001
2 Fairway, KS 3,947 $105,000
3 Leawood, KS 34,570 $149,736
4 Parkville, KS 6,524 $127,887
5 Lake Lotawana, KS 2,092 $98,438
6 Lee's Summit, KS 96,325 $85,325
7 Greenwood, KS 6,092 $91,733
8 Raymore, KS 20,743 $81,603
9 Lenexa, KS 53,051 $84,370
10 Gardner, KS 21,351 $75,985
11 Olathe, KS 135,986 $85,318
12 Shawnee, KS 65,239 $84,507
13 Roeland Park, KS 6,796 $70,514
14 Mission, KS 9,437 $60,875
15 Grain Valley, KS 13,715 $70,193
16 Lansing, KS 11,835 $84,917
17 Tonganoxie, KS 5,073 $73,798
18 Basehor, KS 5,669 $77,895
19 Spring Hill, KS 6,315 $72,384
20 Eudora, KS 6,745 $79,427
21 Liberty, KS 30,928 $71,686
22 Blue Springs, KS 54,370 $71,481
23 Louisburg, KS 4,386 $56,994
24 Paola, KS 5,585 $51,270
25 Merriam, KS 11,243 $59,643
26 Pleasant Valley, KS 3,033 $57,019
27 Raytown, KS 29,216 $52,650
28 Gladstone, KS 26,995 $58,663
29 Peculiar, KS 5,006 $56,281
30 Belton, KS 23,348 $63,321
31 De Soto, KS 6,138 $52,364
32 Edwardsville, KS 4,462 $64,492
33 Riverside, KS 3,255 $34,637
34 Pleasant Hill, KS 8,418 $67,458
35 Kansas City, KS 481,417 $52,405
36 Grandview, KS 25,174 $44,892
37 Independence, KS 117,207 $48,331
38 Bonner Springs, KS 7,796 $59,333
39 Harrisonville, KS 10,023 $45,278
40 Sugar Creek, KS 3,309 $38,622
41 Kansas City, KS 152,069 $43,573
42 Baldwin, KS 2,522 $40,127

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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