Overland Park comes in at 11th in Livability’s ranking of 100 Best Places to Live


Overland Park is the 11th best city in the country to live, according to an annual set of national rankings by the website Livability.

That’s down two spots from OP’s number nine ranking last year, but still among elite company. Here’s what Livability had to say about Overland Park this year:

With some of the lowest property taxes in Kansas and a reputation for smart growth, Overland Park is a leading community where several companies have established their corporate headquarters, including Sprint, the city’s largest employer.

Overland Park has a low crime rate and three nationally ranked school systems that attract many families. When it comes to recreation, “OP” has been rated by Livability.com as the Top Soccer City in the country thanks to a $36 million soccer facility that is considered one-of-a-kind. Other quality-of-life advantages include four lakes along with 83 parks and trails.

To be considered for the rankings, cities had to have populations between 20,000 and 350,000. The website uses a ranking methodology that factors in 40 variables, from housing affordability and inventory to health outcomes and education options.

College towns dominated the top ten, with Ann Arbor, Mich., coming in at the top spot. Of note, Manhattan, Kan., came in at number two on this year’s list.