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Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, Kansas

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, and located adjacent to Olathe, Lenexa, Prairie Village and Leawood. The population was 149,080 at the 2000 census. Overland Park has consistently ranked in the top 10 of CNN/Money and Money magazine's 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States. In the 2008 rankings, Overland Park placed 9th.

History

The city traces its roots back to 1905, with the arrival of its founder, William B. Strang Jr., who plotted subdivisions along a military roadway on 600 acres (2.4 km²) he purchased that are now part of the old downtown area. One of those subdivisions was named Overland Park, and was the site for the first airplane flight west of the Mississippi with shows by the Wright brothers, sponsored by Strang, on December 24, 1909.

The city was incorporated as a first-class city on May 20, 1960, making it one of the youngest communities in Johnson County. Its initial population was 28,085 and was bounded by Antioch Road (West), 107th Street (South), Chadwick (East) and I-35 (North). In 1960 the population was 28,085 with incorporated. By 1990 the population was 111,790 and in 1995 the incorporated land area was . Since 1995, the population has since grown to over 173,000 in 2008 with of land area. Overland Park is now the second most populous city in Kansas.

Geography

Overland Park is centered at 38°56'24" North, 94°40'51" West (38.94, -94.68). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 56.8 square miles (147.2 km²), of which, 56.8 square miles (147.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.18% water.

In early 2008, the city council voted to annex an additional south of existing city limits. The annexation went into effect March 10. After the annexation, the city spans nearly the entire distance between the northern and southern borders of Johnson County.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census
year
Population

1960* 21,110
1970 76,623
1980 81,784
1990 111,790
2000 149,080
*unincorporated

As of the census of 2000, there were 149,080 people, 59,703 households, and 39,702 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,627.0 people per square mile (1,014.3/km²). There were 62,586 housing units at an average density of 1,102.9/sq mi (425.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.65% White, 2.55% African American, 0.27% Native American, 3.83% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.24% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 3.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 59,703 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,116, and the median income for a family was $77,176. Males had a median income of $52,072 versus $34,186 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,069. 3.2% of the population and 2.1% of families were living below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under the age of 18 and 3.5% of those 65 and older.

According to a 2006 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $68,404, and the median income for a family was $84,720.

Attractions

The city is home to Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a 300 acre (1.2 km²) arboretum & botanical garden. The Oak Park Mall is one of the area's top shopping locations with Nordstrom, 2 Dillards, Macy's, JC Penney's and over 180 major stores.

The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, a 12-acre, free attraction, is among the top 10 tourist destinations in the Kansas City area. It has more than 200 animals, hay rides, fishing pond, early 1900s century school house and more. It was recognized in August 2008 as the top "family" attraction in Kansas City by the Nickelodeon Channel.

Overland Park has begun construction on a 12-field tournament-quality soccer complex. It is expected to open for play in September, 2009. All the fields will have synthetic turf and lights. It will have an irrigation system to cool the turf on hot days.

Major employers

The largest employer in Overland Park is Sprint Nextel Corporation, which is home to the Sprint world headquarters following a brief move to Reston, VA after Sprint's merger with Nextel. Its campus occupies 240 acres (1 km²) in the city, and employs about 18,500 people.

The city is also the headquarters for YRC Worldwide, local telecommunications carrier Embarq, restaurant chain Applebee's, and the employee-owned Black & Veatch Corporation. The Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, Spring Hill and Olathe school districts also employ several thousand people in the city.

Education

Public education in Overland Park is provided by several school districts including Shawnee Mission School District, Blue Valley School District and Olathe School District.

The Johnson County Library serves the city. Overland Park is the location of several branch institutions:

Sister cities

Overland Park has one sister city, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

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