Overland Park among top 10 cities in the nation to live, according to new rankings

The downtown Overland Park Farmers Market. Photo via Downtown Overland Park Community Partnership via Facebook.
The downtown Overland Park Farmers Market. Photo via Downtown Overland Park Community Partnership via Facebook.

Niche, a national rankings website that started as a project out of Carnegie Mellon University, has released its list of the 2016 Best Cities to Live in America, and Johnson County’s largest municipality fares exceptionally well.

Overland Park came in sixth in the rankings behind Arlington, Va.; Cambridge, Mass.; Columbia, Mary.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Plano, Tex. The only other city to make the top 25 from Kansas and Missouri was Columbia, Mo., which came in at 24.

Niche used 13 factors — items like cost of living, public schools, families amenities and jobs — to come up with its full rankings. Overland Park earned A-pluses in education of the population, public schools and health and fitness. It scored no lower than a B-minus in any category (it got B-minuses in cost of living and outdoor activities).

To qualify for the rankings, the cities had to have populations of 100,000 people or more. You can find information about the site’s methodology here.