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City Summary - Overland Park, Kansas
The second most populous city in “The Sunflower State,” Overland Park is the largest suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Located in Johnson County, its 173,000 residents live in what CNN/Money and Money magazine have consistently ranked in the top 10 of the “100 Best Cities to Live” in America. It was also named one of the “Best Places to Raise Kids” in 2009 and ranked third on a list of “America’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up.” A young city, Overland Park was incorporated in 1960.

Sprint Nextel is the largest employer in Overland Park. This company’s world headquarters employs over 18,000 people. In addition, Fortune 500 company YRC Worldwide as well as Examinetics, Ash Grove Cement Company and Waddell & Reed call Overland Park home. The Shawnee Mission School District, the Olathe School District and the Blue Valley School District operate the city’s public schools while the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas operates several Catholic schools. Its Johnson County Community College, whose mantra is “Learning Comes First at JCCC,” is the largest community college in Kansas and ranks among the top five community colleges in the country.

Set on 300 acres, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens includes trails lined with mature trees and limestone bluffs. It also offers a Children’s Discovery Garden, which includes a story tree, a frog pond and other amusements for children and the young at heart. A top area attraction, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead features more than 200 animals, hay rides and an early-19th century school house on 12 acres. The Nickelodeon Channel named it the top family attraction in Kansas City in 2008. Moreover, Overland Park’s 72 parks are the perfect setting for volleyball, hiking, biking and all kinds of recreation.

Strong commerce, excellent education, quality attractions and a family-oriented community together make Overland Park a thriving city. Without a doubt, its reputation as a dynamic setting in which to live and to work continuously make it a top choice for those seeking an ideal place to live in the Midwest.
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