Overland Park among top 10 cities in US in Livability’s 2017 Best Places to Live rankings

Kids at play in a Corporate Woods fountain at the 2016 SoJo Summerfest.
Kids at play in a Corporate Woods fountain at the 2016 SoJo Summerfest.

Overland Park has yet another feather for its cap.

Livability, a website that collects and showcases data on small-to-medium sized cities in the US, this week released its 2017 Best Places to Live rankings. Among more than 2,000 cities ranked, Overland Park came in at number nine.

“Considered an excellent city for young families, Overland Park is a four-time Best Places to Live recipient thanks in large part to great schools, low crime, multiple shopping choices, many independent restaurants and more than 85 community parks,” reads Livability’s summary of the city. “Healthcare is a major livability asset with three high-rated hospitals, and other strong economic sectors are finance, insurance and information technology. Motorists have the convenience of Interstates 35 and 435.”

To be considered for the latest rankings, a city had to have a population between 20,000 and 350,000. The website used 40 variables to calculate its overall rankings, including factors that considered infrastructure, social capital, education, healthcare, housing, economics and amenities. The top city in this year’s rankings was Rochester, Minn. Two other Kansas municipalities, Manhattan at 22 and Lawrence at number 67, made the top 100.

You can find the full rankings here.