Overland Park Real Estate Information

The second most populous city in the state, Overland Park, Kansas, lies confined within the boundaries of Johnson County. It’s a large suburb of the Kansas City area, with a population estimated to be more than 170,000 in 2008. Median annual household income here is just over $60,000.

The city dates to 1905, when William Strang Jr. came and plotted subdivisions on 600 acres in the town. One of the divisions was named Overland Park, and eventually the greater area became to be known by that name. It is often cites as the place where the Wright brothers first flew an airplane west of the Mississippi River, in 1909. The city officially incorporated in 1960. The city’s largest employer is the Sprint Nextel Corporation, which has its world headquarters in Overland Park and employs about 18,500 from throughout the region. The city also is home to the headquarters for YRC Worldwide, the telecommunications carrier Embarq, Applebee's restaurants and Black & Veatch Corporation. The Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, Spring Hill and Olathe school districts are also each major employers in the area.

The city is home to the Congregation Beth Israel Abraham Voliner, the only Orthodox Jewish synagogue in the metropolitan area and in all of the state of Kansas. Attractions here include almost 80 parks, St. Andrews Golf Club and Overland Park Golf Club, the 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and the Oak Park Mall, which has almost 200 stores. The city’s Overland Park Convention Center is home to events and symposiums throughout the year. Children who live here attend schools in the Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Olathe school districts, depending on where in the city they live. Secondary education here can be found at Johnson County Community College, the University of Kansas’ Edwards campus, Baker University’s Overland Park campus and Emporia State University’s Overland Park campus.