Overland Park, KS

Population: 183,775 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Overland Park has a Livability Score of 84/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Overland Park crime rates are 17% lower than the Kansas average
  • Cost of living in Overland Park is 15% higher than the Kansas average
  • Overland Park real estate prices are 75% higher than the Kansas average
  • Rental prices in Overland Park are 34% higher than the Kansas average

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      Overland Park, KS

      Overland Park is the second largest city in Kansas, behind only Wichita, and the largest suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. It has consistently been considered one of the best suburbs in the United States and one of the best cities to retire in. Its population is currently booming, as is the local job industry. The friendly locals make Overland Park feel like home in a short period of time after moving here.

      Overland Park has a great job industry and the largest employer is Sprint, who has their worldwide headquarters campus in the city. Other employers include school districts and the service industry is particularly large. Most people will have no problem finding a good job in this part of the United States.

      For those with a family, Overland Park has some excellent public schools to choose from and the crime rate is relatively low compared to similar sized cities in the United States. The city also has options for higher education, including Rasmussen College and University of Kansas' Edwards Campus. People interested in shopping can find all they need at local shopping centers such as Oak Park Mall and Hawthorne Plaza. There are also 72 parks within the city limits, offering plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities. All in all, there is a little something for every type of person in Overland Park.

      The cost of living in Overland Park is about average for its size, with the average apartment being just a little over $1,000 per month to rent. Groceries are also cheap thanks to the plethora of local supermarkets and stores. The only downside to the local economy is that the minimum wage is currently only $7.25, a rate that is very low compared to other metropolitan areas. There are some signs that this is changing, however, and that would considerably help in making the city affordable for all.

      Public transportation is decent in Overland Park, with the Johnson County Transit system connecting parts of the city with other suburbs and the downtown of Kansas City, MO. There are also plenty of roads and highways for those with cars. The only mode of transportation which might be a bit difficult in the city is bicycling, as Overland Park has less bike lanes/paths than some other similarly sized cities in the US.

      Overland Park is a beautiful, quiet suburb of Kansas City, MO. It is excellent for those wishing to retire from a larger city and also families wanting to make a new start. The average cost of living makes the city more attractive than other, larger cities and many types of people could live comfortably because of this. Expect to be welcomed with open arms.

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      Overland Park Reviews

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      A good place, rent aside
      Look, most of the negative reviews are probably coming from people who have had a silver spoon in their mouths since they were babes. Compared to where I’ve lived before, this place is Heaven to me. No more looking back behind my shoulder for gangs with pocket knives, no more worrying terribly over whether or not my door will be busted in by the common thug... This city isn’t the best by any means, but some of the folks writing reviews here don’t know how good they got it.
      3 -24
      Kansas Best City
      Top schools, great restaurants and hotels. Affordable cost of living. Affordable housing. Friendly people. Close to prestigious museums in KC. MO. Great night life in KC. MO
      3 -39
      Best Places to live and raise a family
      I am a former NYC resident and have no regrets of leaving the Big Apple. Best schools access to any retail big chains and small. Restaurants and coffee shops everywhere and always packed with friendly people. So nice to see people dining outside at the Restaurants in this vibrant city. Nice Parks. Beautiful and safe neighborhoods. A+ Schools, especially Blue Valley School District. Blue Valley North HS won Best in State.
      3 -34
      Simple folks in a flyover state
      Wasted 20 years in this boring and irrelevant place filled with simple minded rednecks. Nothing to do but go to a small shopping mall oak park mall or drive 40 minutes to the plaza in KCMO for shopping or dining, not many choices there either or drive 30 minutes to KCKS go to Nascar If this is your thing.. Overland Park itself is a just a bunch of brown or beige cookie cutter homes. The only plus side here is that housing is affordable as you are only paying for construction materials as the actual land is worthless. unlike other cities where people want to live in, here you can purchase a 4k sqft for what you would buy a starter home anywhere else. So if you want a big house and your life revolving about mowing a big lawn this is the place for you.
      38 -4
      Overland Park - Perfect For Family Living
      Overland Park does not have the highlights of a big city, but more of a quiet type of excitement for families. There are many attractions for families in Overland Park like Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead or Overland park Arboretum and Botanical Garden. These places provide all day for the entire family. When I am really hungry I got to Cinzetti's restaurant. It is the top rated Italian restaurant in the city. There are all types of restaurants in Overland Park with diverse cuisine like Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Metropolitan and Greek.

      When I vacationed in Overland Park I stayed at the Doubletree Overland Park Hotel. The hotel was extremely clean and the service was memorable. Even though it would be too expensive for me, the top rated hotel in Overland Park is The Embassy Suites. If you are looking for a night on the town filled with Margaritas, Cosmos and dancing then Touche is the night spot to go to. If you are a sports fanatic then Lumpy's is hte most popular sports bar in town. The Oak Park Mall is the best place to shop in Overland Park. There seems to be a perfect mix of high fashion retail and regular stores throughout the mall.

      The communities in Overland are nice and seem very friendly with parks, dogs parks and walks and bike lanes. Our family has always felt safe in any part of Overland Park and we wouldn't hesitate to return.
      7 -37
      Source: The Overland Park, KS data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).