Lenexa Real Estate Information

A midsized suburb in the Kansas part of the Kansas City area, Lenexa, Kansas, lies just off Interstate 435, about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City. It is found in the central region of Johnson County, in the northeast part of the state, and is the fourth largest city in the county, with an estimated population of around 44,000, as of 2005. Median annual household incomes for residents here is just over $60,000.

Lenexa is considered a satellite city of Kansas City and as such is included as part of the official Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The city takes up an area of almost 35 square miles, nearly all of which is land. It was platted in 1869 and was originally inhabited by Shawnee Native Americans who dwelled in the area. The city’s distinct name comes from a modified version of the Native American name “Na-Nex-Se,” the name of the widow of a tribal chief who helped sign a treaty ceding land from the Shawnee to the U.S. government in 1854.

Lenexa does not have its own public school district. Rather, children and teenagers who live here attend schools in the Shawnee Mission, Olathe and De Soto school districts, all of which have schools located throughout the area and in towns nearby. The city also has several private schools, including the high school St. James Academy, which opened its doors in 2005. The city has its own library branch, called the Lackman Library.

The city was known in the 1930s as the spinach capital of the world, and it still celebrates this heritage each year with the Spinach Festival in September. In June, it hosts the Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle. There are also events like a Waterfest, Tails on the Trails, which includes a children’s pet fair and an annual puppy swim, the Freedom Run and the Kansas State BBQ and Chili Challenge. Falcon Ridge Golf Course and Shawnee Mission Park are popular spots to visit.