The 10 Best Overland Park Suburbs To Live For 2021

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 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021:

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

What's the best suburb of Overland Park? Fairway ranks as the best suburb of Overland Park for 2021 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 2021

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Population: 3,960
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $111,995
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Fairway: Real Estate | Data

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 $111,995 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Overland Park region. And only 0.63% are out of work. Homes average more than $376,700 each.

Mission Hills, KS

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Population: 3,574
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 0.5%
More on Mission Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mission Hills is the second best 'burb we looked at near Overland Park for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.99% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Leawood, KS

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Population: 34,670
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $157,515
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
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.

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Population: 2,088
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $127,321
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Weatherby Lake: Real Estate | Data

Weatherby Lake ranks as the 4th best suburb of Overland Park for 2021.

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: 97,275
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $89,969
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Lee's Summit: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Lee's Summit.

Lee's Summit gets kudos for having the 13th most expensive homes in the Overland Park area, where houses sell for an average of $223,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 6,247
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $91,299
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data

Greenwood 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 0.52% which is best in the area.

According to online reports, Greenwood 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: 2,120
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,333
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Lake Lotawana: Real Estate | Data

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: 21,196
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $84,697
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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 5.16% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Lenexa, KS

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Population: 54,011
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $87,102
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Lenexa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Lenexa?'


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.

Parkville, MO

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Population: 6,724
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $136,389
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Parkville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Parkville.

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 2021

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 2015-2019 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 44 suburbs to evaluate around Overland Park.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 44 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.

Welcome to the Best Overland Park 'Burbs of 2021

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 3,960 $111,995
2 Mission Hills, KS 3,574 $250,001
3 Leawood, KS 34,670 $157,515
4 Weatherby Lake, KS 2,088 $127,321
5 Lee's Summit, KS 97,275 $89,969
6 Greenwood, KS 6,247 $91,299
7 Lake Lotawana, KS 2,120 $104,333
8 Raymore, KS 21,196 $84,697
9 Lenexa, KS 54,011 $87,102
10 Parkville, KS 6,724 $136,389
11 Roeland Park, KS 6,769 $75,965
12 Gardner, KS 21,528 $78,180
13 Olathe, KS 137,618 $90,435
14 Shawnee, KS 65,540 $87,120
15 Mission, KS 9,523 $61,144
16 Grain Valley, KS 13,966 $73,698
17 Basehor, KS 5,951 $79,104
18 Blue Springs, KS 54,850 $75,767
19 Lansing, KS 11,900 $89,213
20 Louisburg, KS 4,443 $75,357
21 Eudora, KS 6,602 $87,692
22 Tonganoxie, KS 5,359 $72,469
23 Liberty, KS 31,328 $76,577
24 Spring Hill, KS 6,626 $80,357
25 Wellsville, KS 2,026 $64,102
26 Paola, KS 5,611 $51,324
27 Merriam, KS 11,185 $63,806
28 De Soto, KS 6,254 $60,625
29 Edwardsville, KS 4,492 $65,650
30 Pleasant Valley, KS 3,003 $57,346
31 Gladstone, KS 27,126 $59,018
32 Raytown, KS 29,264 $52,662
33 Belton, KS 23,425 $62,754
34 Peculiar, KS 5,139 $62,708
35 Pleasant Hill, KS 8,510 $70,728
36 Riverside, KS 3,342 $34,309
37 Kansas City, KS 486,404 $54,194
38 Independence, KS 117,084 $50,592
39 Bonner Springs, KS 7,782 $62,245
40 Grandview, KS 25,069 $47,103
41 Harrisonville, KS 10,043 $47,404
42 Kansas City, KS 152,522 $45,665
43 Sugar Creek, KS 3,290 $42,159
44 Baldwin, KS 2,272 $40,703

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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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