The 10 Best Overland Park Suburbs To Live In For 2022

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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Overland Park suburbs.

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...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Overland Park for 2022:

  1. Fairway
  2. Mission Hills
  3. Leawood
  4. Weatherby Lake
  5. Greenwood
  6. Parkville
  7. Lake Lotawana
  8. Lenexa
  9. Lee's Summit
  10. Olathe

What's the best suburb of Overland Park? Fairway ranks as the best suburb of Overland Park for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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 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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Kansas:

The 10 Best Overland Park Suburbs To Live For 2022

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

Everyone here is rich; families average $120,162 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Overland Park region. And only 0.92% are out of work. Homes average more than $426,900 each.

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Population: 3,975
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $120,162
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Fairway: Real Estate | Data

Mission Hills is the second best 'burb we looked at near Overland Park for 2022.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.52% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

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Population: 3,563
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 0.2%
More on Mission Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mission Hills, KS

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.

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Population: 34,702
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $156,538
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Leawood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leawood, KS

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Weatherby Lake ranks as the 4th best suburb of Overland Park for 2022.

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

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Population: 2,510
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $157,143
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Weatherby Lake: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Greenwood.

Greenwood gets kudos for having the 2most expensive homes in the Overland Park area, where houses sell for an average of $188,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 6,067
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $87,875
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data

Parkville 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 3.28% which is 15th best in the area.

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

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Population: 7,122
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $144,127
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.1%
More on Parkville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parkville, MO

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 23.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 2,928
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,864
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Lake Lotawana: Real Estate | Data

Lenexa 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 5.62% of people lack insurance, good for 16th in the area.

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Population: 54,804
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $90,487
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Lenexa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lenexa, KS

Is 'Everything Better In Lee's Summit?'


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.

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Population: 98,997
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $93,295
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Lee's Summit: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Olathe.

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.

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Population: 139,216
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $96,548
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Olathe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Olathe, KS

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Overland Park for 2022

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 2016-2020 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, Fairway. 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.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Overland Park 'Burbs of 2022

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 Fairway, KS 3,975 $120,162
2 Mission Hills, KS 3,563 $250,001
3 Leawood, KS 34,702 $156,538
4 Weatherby Lake, KS 2,510 $157,143
5 Greenwood, KS 6,067 $87,875
6 Parkville, KS 7,122 $144,127
7 Lake Lotawana, KS 2,928 $133,864
8 Lenexa, KS 54,804 $90,487
9 Lee's Summit, KS 98,997 $93,295
10 Olathe, KS 139,216 $96,548
11 Grain Valley, KS 14,261 $76,750
12 Shawnee, KS 65,844 $88,941
13 Raymore, KS 21,676 $86,368
14 Gardner, KS 21,936 $78,193
15 Roeland Park, KS 6,747 $73,786
16 Mission, KS 9,618 $64,703
17 Blue Springs, KS 55,415 $72,846
18 Spring Hill, KS 6,992 $85,244
19 Louisburg, KS 4,499 $77,182
20 Tonganoxie, KS 5,357 $75,417
21 Liberty, KS 31,761 $78,184
22 Eudora, KS 6,551 $87,392
23 Basehor, KS 6,225 $84,906
24 Lansing, KS 11,955 $87,154
25 Merriam, KS 11,191 $63,347
26 Paola, KS 5,634 $52,417
27 Gladstone, KS 27,365 $63,225
28 Peculiar, KS 5,305 $74,664
29 Pleasant Valley, KS 3,017 $56,189
30 Edwardsville, KS 4,506 $74,063
31 Belton, KS 23,568 $65,667
32 De Soto, KS 6,374 $60,568
33 Raytown, KS 29,176 $55,940
34 Pleasant Hill, KS 8,611 $72,630
35 Bonner Springs, KS 7,846 $68,250
36 Riverside, KS 3,422 $36,012
37 Kansas City, KS 491,158 $56,179
38 Independence, KS 117,139 $50,797
39 Grandview, KS 24,990 $47,670
40 Harrisonville, KS 10,084 $49,920
41 Kansas City, KS 153,014 $46,424
42 Sugar Creek, KS 3,281 $44,592

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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.

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