Overland Park, Kansas

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Overland Park, Kansas
Metcalf Ave and College Blvd corridor
Metcalf Ave and College Blvd corridor
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°58′56″N 94°40′15″W / 38.98222°N 94.67083°W / 38.98222; -94.67083Coordinates: 38°58′56″N 94°40′15″W / 38.98222°N 94.67083°W / 38.98222; -94.67083
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyJohnson
Incorporated1960
Government
 • MayorCarl R. Gerlach[1]
Area
 • Total75.6 sq mi (195.22 km2)
 • Land74.84 sq mi (193.84 km2)
 • Water0.53 sq mi (1.38 km2)
Elevation
1,086 ft (331 m)
Population
 • Total173,372
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
192,536
 • RankUS: 127th
 • Density2,300/sq mi (890/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code913
FIPS code20-53775
GNIS ID0479210 [4]
Websiteopkansas.org

Overland Park is a city in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is in Johnson County. It is the second biggest city in Kansas. It is the second biggest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area.[5][6] In 2010, 173,372 people lived there; in 2017, 191,278 lived there.[6] [7] It has the Sprint World Headquarters Campus.[8]

History[change | change source]

Overland Park starts in 1905. William B. Strang Jr. created Overland Park.[9]

On May 20, 1960 Overland Park was officially incorporated as a "city of first class".[10] It had 28,085 people living there. In 1990, 111,790 people lived there. In 2010, it grew to have 173,250 people living there.[11] Overland Park officially became the second largest city in the state after becoming bigger than Kansas City, Kansas in the early 2000s.

Overland Park was awarded “Best city to raise a family” and “One of the most popular cities for millenials” in 2018.[12][13][14]

Geography[change | change source]

Location of Overland Park (in yellow) within the Kansas City metropolitan area

Overland Park is in northeastern Kansas. It is at the junction of Interstate 435 and U.S. Route 69 east of Olathe. The city center is about 13 miles (21 km) south-southwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.[15]

The city is on the northern edge of the Osage Plains. Overland Park is a few miles south of the Kansas River.[15]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 75.37 square miles (195.21 km2). Of that, 74.84 square miles (193.83 km2) is land and 0.53 square mile (1.38 km²) is water.[6]

Climate[change | change source]

Overland Park is in between North America's humid subtropical climate and humid continental climate zones. They usually have hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters.[16]

Climate data for Overland Park, Kansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 74
(23)
81
(27)
85
(29)
91
(33)
95
(35)
105
(41)
114
(46)
107
(42)
106
(41)
98
(37)
84
(29)
76
(24)
114
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 38
(3)
45
(7)
56
(13)
67
(19)
76
(24)
84
(29)
89
(32)
88
(31)
80
(27)
69
(21)
54
(12)
42
(6)
66
(19)
Average low °F (°C) 20
(−7)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
45
(7)
55
(13)
64
(18)
69
(21)
67
(19)
58
(14)
47
(8)
35
(2)
24
(−4)
45
(7)
Record low °F (°C) −18
(−28)
−12
(−24)
−8
(−22)
13
(−11)
30
(−1)
43
(6)
48
(9)
46
(8)
30
(−1)
18
(−8)
1
(−17)
−22
(−30)
−22
(−30)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.26
(32)
1.27
(32)
2.74
(70)
3.78
(96)
5.41
(137)
5.22
(133)
4.03
(102)
3.56
(90)
4.69
(119)
3.48
(88)
2.97
(75)
1.76
(45)
40.17
(1,020)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 5.70
(14.5)
4.00
(10.2)
2.90
(7.4)
0.50
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.10
(0.25)
1.10
(2.8)
3.00
(7.6)
17.30
(43.9)
Source: [17]

People[change | change source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
196021,110
197076,623263.0%
198081,7846.7%
1990111,79036.7%
2000149,08033.4%
2010173,37216.3%
Est. 2018192,536[3]29.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[18]
2015 Estimate[19]

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 United States Census says that there were 173,372 people, 71,443 households, and 45,516 families living in Overland Park.[6]

Metropolitan area[change | change source]

Overland Park is a city of both the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area.[20]

Economy[change | change source]

The service sector makes up most of the local economy. Health care, retail trade, professional and technical services, finance and insurance, and information technology are Overland Park's five biggest industries.[21] Companies with headquarters in Overland Park include Sprint Corporation, YRC Worldwide, Black & Veatch, Waddell & Reed, Ferrellgas, Ash Grove Cement Company, and Compass Minerals.[22]

Biggest employers[change | change source]

Overland Parks's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report[23] says that the biggest employers in Overland Park are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Sprint/Nextel 6,300
2 Shawnee Mission School District 3,974
3 Blue Valley School District 3,313
4 Black & Veatch Engineering Consultants 2,649
5 Johnson County Community College 2,377
6 OptumRx 2,000
7 Waddell & Reed Financial 1,350
8 Overland Park Regional Medical Center 1,200
9 City of Overland Park 1,142
10 Empower Retirement 1,000

Government[change | change source]

According to Kansas, Overland Park is a "city of the first class".[24] Since 1963, Overland Park has had a mayor-council-manager form of government.[25]

Overland Park is in Kansas's 3rd U.S. Congressional District. Representative Sharice Davids represents them in the United States House of Representatives. For the Kansas Legislature, the city is in the 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 21st, and 37th districts of the Kansas Senate. They are in the 8th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 28th, 29th, and 48th districts of the Kansas House of Representatives.[24]

Education[change | change source]

Primary and secondary education[change | change source]

Overland Park has four public school districts. The part of the city north of Interstate 435 is in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD).[26] SMSD controls thirty eight elementary schools, two middle schools, six high schools, and multiple support facilities in Overland Park.[27]

There are more than 12 private schools in Overland Park.[28][29]

Kansas City Japanese School Inc. (カンザスシティ日本語補習授業校 Kanzasu Shiti Nihongo Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a Japanese weekend educational program, is at the Kansas Christian College in Overland Park.[30] It was created in 1979. It was officially approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho), and it was officially established in 1984.[31]

Colleges and universities[change | change source]

Transportation[change | change source]

Kansas City International Airport is about 22 mi (35 km) north of central Overland Park.[32] Johnson County Executive Airport, a public general aviation facility, is located immediately west of the city in Olathe.[32][33]

BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad each have a freight rail line through Overland Park.[34]

Media[change | change source]

The Kansas City Star is Kansas City's main newspaper. They publish every day. It has local news, and it publishes a version that is specifically for Johnson County.[35]

Overland Park is in both the Kansas City radio and television markets.[36][37]


Sister cities[change | change source]

Overland Park has one sister city.

References[change | change source]

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  13. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/13/u-s-cities-most-popular-for-millennials.html
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  30. "北米の補習授業校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在)." () MEXT. Retrieved on May 5, 2014. "c/o Kansas Christian College, 7401 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66204, U.S.A."
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