Introduction to Overland Park, Kansas

Overland Park is one of Kansas' most populous cities. Located in Johnson County just 13 miles southwest of Kansas City, Overland Park is surrounded by several major highways including Interstates I-35, I-70, I-435, I-635, and I-670; and U.S. Routes 50, 56, and 69. The closest large airport to Overland Park, about a 40 minute drive away, is Kansas City International (MCI). Several smaller airports located in or near Johnson County include Johnson County Executive Airport, New Century Air Centre, and Kansas City Downtown Airport.

The origins of Overland Park trace back to 1905, when its founder William B. Strang Jr. platted a series of subdivisions whose defining characteristics would be self-sustainment and a "park-like" atmosphere. One of these subdivisions, called Overland Park, boasted continuous growth throughout the first half of the 20th century up to its incorporation in 1960. During the 1980s, Overland Park experienced a boom in both residential and commercial development, culminating in a population total surpassing the 100,000 mark by 1988. By the turn of the 21st century, Overland Park had achieved national recognition as one of the nation's premiere cities in terms of quality of life index. The city was named 2001's second-best city in America to live by Business Development Outlook magazine, "One of the Best Places to Live and Work" in 2005 by Expansion Management magazine, and one of the top six cities on Money Magazine’s 2006 annual list of "America’s Best Places to Live".

Points of Interest in and around Overland Park

Both Overland Park and nearby Kansas City offer a wealth of attractions from museums and live theater to parks and petting zoos. The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a 300-acre site which includes a children's discovery garden within a natural setting complete with walking trails, flowers, and waterfalls. The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, where visitors can feed farm animals or enjoy a hay ride on a horse-drawn wagon, features a replica of an early-1900s farmhouse. The Nerman Museum, the largest contemporary art museum in the Midwest, features galleries for both temporary exhibitions and permanent collections. The New Theatre Restaurant, a city dining and entertainment fixture for over 30 years, has been cited by the Wall Street Journal as "the best dinner theatre in the country."

Visitors to Overland Park are only a short drive away from a wide variety of quality professional sports venues. Local teams include Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals, the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, and Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards. Other pro sports teams in Kansas City include the Brigade of the Arena Football League (AFL), the Explorers of World Team Tennis (WTT), and an independent minor-league baseball team, the Kansas City T-Bones, who compete in the Northern League.


Total Population 181,464
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 96,117
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 54.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 58.1%
Median Earnings25+ $47,004
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,025
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,840


Median Family Income $94,084
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $993
Median House Value $228,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.5%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 14.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Overland Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri
County Johnson
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 66062, 66085, 66202, 66203, 66204, 66206, 66207, 66208, 66209, 66210, 66211, 66212, 66213, 66214, 66215, 66221, 66223, 66224
P.O. Box Zip Codes 66225, 66282, 66283
Company Zip Codes 66251
Phone Area Codes 913
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.982
Longitude -94.67

Overland Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OLATHE 3 E
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 40.1 inches
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 69 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 69 F
Annual Precip 39.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Overland Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Op (66203)

Overland (66203, 66225, 66204, 66282, 66206, 66207, 66208, 66209, 66210, 66211, 66212, 66213, 66214, 66215, 66221, 66223, 66202, 66224)

Shawnee Mission (66225, 66204, 66282, 66206, 66283, 66207, 66208, 66209, 66210, 66211, 66212, 66213, 66214, 66215, 66221, 66223, 66201, 66202, 66224, 66203)

Stanley (66283, 66221, 66223, 66224)

Stilwell (66085)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fairway 3,964 $124,929
Leawood 33,339 $161,747
Merriam 11,232 $71,328
Mission 9,481 $74,688
Prairie Village 21,814 $104,278

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Overland Park Public Libraries

Johnson County Library
9875 W. 87TH STREET
Overland Park, Kansas
(913) 495-2400
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Overland Park Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
5721 W 119TH ST
(913) 498-6773
Emergency Service: Yes

10720 NALL
(913) 754-4505
Emergency Service: No

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(913) 317-7904
Emergency Service: Yes

(913) 541-5301
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

Serves 1,295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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