Friday, May 10, 2013

On The List

When your name appears on a list, it can either be a good thing or, unfortunately, sometimes a bad thing. Recently, the City of Overland Park has seen its name atop a few lists of its own. These lists however, are something cities our size around the country would love to make.

Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that Overland Park was ranked #3 by as one of the Top 11 Cities for Raising a Family. The article mentioned The second biggest city in Kansas, it’s pretty inexpensive ($215K median home prices) to live here. The schools are better than good, there’s no crime, and parents have a place to work at Sprint/Nextel headquarters, just a stone’s throw from Kansas City.” is a real estate brokerage company specializing in providing prospective clients with the scoop on nearby school districts, neighborhood demographics, crime rates and market trends.

Back in 2012, CNN Money Magazine rated Overland Park ninth as one of the Top Ten Places to Live. In ranking the top 100 cities, CNN Money Magazine said Overland Park had no lack of town spirit; residents rave about friendly neighborhoods; people flock to the biweekly Downtown Overland Park Farmers' Market, known as one of the best in the area; enjoy the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens; Overland Park Soccer Complex and Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Overland Park is one of three cities in the nation to be consistently named in the Top 10 since 2006.

25 Top Suburbs for Retirement - Overland Park was recognized by Forbes Magazine in its ranking of cities for various categories. Forbes noted that Overland Park with its population of approximately 175,000 residents, has four hospitals, colleges, low crime rates, average home prices in the mid-$200,000 and a cost of living at a "whopping 12 percent below the national average."

Some of the common amenities mentioned by these sources are the city’s superior schools and low crime rates. This is a testament to the hard work provided each day by the city’s roughly 950 full and part-time employees and volunteers, as well as the residents who choose to live here and make Overland Park one of the nation’s best places to call “home”.