The 10 Best Overland Park Suburbs To Live In For 2024

The best Overland Park suburbs are Mission Hills and Fairway for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

While big cities like Overland Park offer culture, cuisine, and charisma, they also deliver terrible traffic, towering expenses, and a taxing quality of life.

With that in mind, we wanted to uncover the best suburbs around Overland Park. These burbs have all of the benefits of being near Overland Park without actually having to be in the city.

Of course, not all suburbs of Overland Park are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. Using Saturday Night Science, we delve into the factors that matter most, from commutes and housing costs to community vibes, to help you uncover the perfect suburban spots in the Greater Overland Park area.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

What’s the best suburb of Overland Park? Mission Hills ranks as the best suburb of Overland Park for 2024 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.

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The 10 Best Overland Park Suburbs To Live For 2024

Mission Hills, KS

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Population: 3,567
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 0.8%
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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 highest in the Overland Park region. And only 0.49% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,385,651 each.

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Population: 4,162
Median Income: $154,981
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Fairway: Data | Crime | Real Estate

Fairway is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Overland Park for 2024.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 1.06% of residents lack insurance, good for best.

Leawood, KS

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Population: 33,784
Median Income: $174,779
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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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.

4. Weatherby Lake, MO

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Population: 2,422
Median Income: $164,444
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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Weatherby Lake ranks as the 4th best suburb of Overland Park for 2024.

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.

Lenexa, KS

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Population: 57,497
Median Income: $101,074
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Lenexa.

Lenexa gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Overland Park area, where houses sell for an average of $421,663. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Parkville, MO

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Population: 7,669
Median Income: $166,563
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
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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 3.64%.

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: 3,017
Median Income: $156,146
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
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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.

Lee'S Summit, MO

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Population: 101,728
Median Income: $103,447
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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Lee’s Summit 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 5.13% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

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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Population: 6,038
Median Income: $103,560
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Greenwood: Data | Real Estate

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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.

Spring Hill, KS

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Population: 8,279
Median Income: $105,194
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2024 is Spring Hill.

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.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Overland Park for 2024

Figuring out the best suburbs around Overland Park was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2018-2022 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • 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

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.

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.

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 more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best Overland Park suburbs. 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 2024

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.

The best suburbs of Overland Park are .

So if you’re craving the amenities of a larger city like Overland Park but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might be for you.

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Table: Best Overland Park Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Average Home Price
1 Mission Hills, KS 3,567 $250,001 $1,385,651
2 Fairway, KS 4,162 $154,981 $545,051
3 Leawood, KS 33,784 $174,779 $681,534
4 Weatherby Lake, KS 2,422 $164,444 $537,192
5 Lenexa, KS 57,497 $101,074 $421,663
6 Parkville, KS 7,669 $166,563 $574,364
7 Lake Lotawana, KS 3,017 $156,146 $601,409
8 Lee’s Summit, KS 101,728 $103,447 $347,310
9 Greenwood, KS 6,038 $103,560 $327,682
10 Spring Hill, KS 8,279 $105,194 $400,863
11 Olathe, KS 142,114 $108,077 $384,085
12 Grain Valley, KS 15,688 $82,364 $323,497
13 Shawnee, KS 67,671 $100,649 $374,543
14 Eudora, KS 6,025 $111,840 $290,892
15 Gardner, KS 23,488 $91,232 $320,799
16 Mission, KS 9,894 $78,915 $290,183
17 Roeland Park, KS 6,848 $84,848 $294,697
18 Raymore, KS 23,232 $96,536 $328,747
19 Louisburg, KS 4,940 $68,438 $371,927
20 Lansing, KS 11,254 $100,863 $286,136
21 Blue Springs, KS 58,720 $82,965 $283,645
22 Liberty, KS 30,299 $91,512 $303,673
23 Wellsville, KS 2,022 $68,750 $300,055
24 Basehor, KS 7,004 $100,608 $401,427
25 Paola, KS 5,742 $69,420 $334,271
26 Tonganoxie, KS 5,484 $71,333 $344,779
27 De Soto, KS 6,248 $102,685 $375,929
28 Merriam, KS 11,070 $69,414 $290,519
29 Peculiar, KS 5,675 $91,783 $329,307
30 Pleasant Valley, KS 2,748 $73,487 $246,506
31 Pleasant Hill, KS 8,822 $88,408 $320,437
32 Gladstone, KS 26,964 $68,633 $246,002
33 Edwardsville, KS 4,744 $78,526 $273,937
34 Belton, KS 24,241 $68,030 $236,726
35 Bonner Springs, KS 7,770 $82,208 $271,621
36 Raytown, KS 29,772 $64,542 $191,914
37 Kansas City, KS 505,958 $65,256 $227,993
38 Baldwin, KS 2,065 $29,473 $107,646
39 Riverside, KS 4,017 $47,668 $377,596
40 Independence, KS 122,218 $57,415 $189,173
41 Harrisonville, KS 10,024 $57,607 $253,584
42 Grandview, KS 25,921 $51,048 $203,316
43 Kansas City, KS 155,438 $56,120 $177,140
44 Sugar Creek, KS 3,247 $55,201 $149,731
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.

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