The Local Overland Park, Kansas Area
There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Overland Park, Kansas.
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Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it is the largest suburb in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and is located adjacent to Olathe, Lenexa, Prairie Village and Leawood. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 173,372. 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. Also in 2010, Money Magazine rated Overland Park, Kansas, the 7th best city to live in the United States. Additionally, the city was ranked as one of "The Best Places to Raise Your Kids in 2009" and was ranked 3rd for "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up".
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 km) 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
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 173,372 people, 71,443 households, and 45,516 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,316.5 people per square mile (894.4/km). There were 76,280 housing units at an average density of 1,019.2 per square mile (393.5/km). The racial makeup of the city was 84.4% White, 4.3% African American, 0.3% American Indian, 6.3% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 6.3% of the population.
The largest employer in Overland Park is Sprint Nextel. The city is home to Sprint's world headquarters, which occupies 240 acres (1 km) of the city and employs about 18,500 people. Overland Park is also home to the headquarters of Fortune 500 company YRC Worldwide, as well as Black & Veatch, Waddell & Reed, Examinetics, Ferrellgas, Ash Grove Cement Company, and Compass Minerals. Applebee's was headquartered in the city until its move to nearby Lenexa, Kansas. Overland Park is home to Oak Park Mall. With 1,800,000 sq ft (170,000 m2) and 200 stores, it is the largest mall both in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and the states of Kansas and Missouri. The Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, Spring Hill and Olathe school districts and Johnson County Community College also employ several thousand people in the city.
Local Overland Park, Kansas Area News
Bullying or just politics as usual? Overland Park candidate tells opponent 's...
22 Oct 2017 at 6:01am
Bullying or just politics as usual? Overland Park candidate tells opponent 'stop'Kansas City Star
Gina Burke received nine texts and several phone calls before she sent the message ?stop texting me? to Overland Park
City Councilman Terry Goodman. Burke says that ... University of Kansas
political science professor Burdett Loomis agrees. ?I would ...
Did an Overland Park council candidate cross the line? Voters will have the f...
23 Oct 2017 at 5:18pm
Kansas City StarDid an Overland Park council candidate cross the line? Voters will have the final sayKansas City Star
His only other challenger backed out the first year Goodman ran for his seat on the Overland Park
council. Before that, he spent seven years on the planning commission. From his perspective, the way he came onto the council is the way others should as ...
How using tax incentives made Overland Park a better city - Kansas City Star ...
20 Oct 2017 at 7:32pm
Kansas City Star (blog)How using tax incentives made Overland Park a better cityKansas City Star (blog)
What it offered instead was a high quality of life, good government, great schools and an economy that was steadily growing. It didn't matter how Kansas
City or other communities might contort themselves to lure businesses. Overland Park
was above all ...
Job fair Wednesday in Overland Park for company looking to add 500 workers - ...
17 Oct 2017 at 10:54am
Kansas City StarJob fair Wednesday in Overland Park for company looking to add 500 workersKansas City Star
UnitedHealth Group will host a job fair 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at its 6860 West 115th St. location in Overland Park
as the company looks to add 500 jobs. The Minnesota-based company will be looking for candidates to work at two subsidiaries: ...Overland Park
police ask for help identifying woman in theft caseKMBC Kansas CityUnitedHealth Group plans to hire 500 in Kansas
Kansas City Business JournalUnitedHealth Group Says It Will Add 500 Jobs In Kansas
KCURall 4 news articles »
Starting Times for Oct. 24 - Kansas City Star
23 Oct 2017 at 2:55pm
Starting Times for Oct. 24Kansas City Star
13U AA/AAA Scouts baseball team, looking for all positions, new for spring/summer 2018, pitching a plus, 7 p.m. Thursday, 7875 Mastin Drive, Overland Park
, 913-991-8756. 14U AA/AAA Scouts baseball team, looking for pitching, middle infielders ...
Man shot by Overland Park police faces felony charge - Kansas City Star
11 Oct 2017 at 10:28am
Kansas City StarMan shot by Overland Park police faces felony chargeKansas City Star
A felony charge was filed Wednesday against a man shot by Overland Park
police at an apartment complex Monday. Orville Edwin Butler III, 24, was charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer for allegedly ...and more »
Overland Park police investigating officer-involved shooting - Kansas City Star
9 Oct 2017 at 3:30pm
Kansas City StarOverland Park police investigating officer-involved shootingKansas City Star
Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that injured a man inside a luxury apartment community, Overland Park
police said Monday afternoon. The shooting was reported just before 3 p.m. Monday outside an apartment building in the 13300 ...
Police say man charged towards officers with knife before he was shot at Overland Park
Police investigating officer-involved shooting near 133rd and LarsenKMBC Kansas CityOverland Park
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Aftermath of the Overland Park CityPlace fire: 'It's been a hassle' - Kansas ...
9 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Kansas City StarAftermath of the Overland Park CityPlace fire: 'It's been a hassle'Kansas City Star
More than six months after the huge CityPlace fire in Overland Park
, neighbors whose homes close to the development were damaged complain about insurance delays while others try to rebuild. ?It's been a hassle, an absolute hassle,? said Jim Trometer, ...
Overland Park Mayoral Candidate Charges Developer 'Cronyism' - KCUR
11 Oct 2017 at 8:03pm
KCUROverland Park Mayoral Candidate Charges Developer 'Cronyism'KCUR
While Overland Park
has the lowest property tax rate of any major city in Kansas
, O'Hara fears the rate will climb if developer tax incentives aren't curbed. "We do not need to pay these companies to come in.? Gerlach denies this and says Overland Park ...Overland Park
mom says 'fake cop' tried to pull her over in Kansas
CityKCTV Kansas Cityall 2 news articles »
Overland Park mayor's race: a development divide - Kansas City Star
9 Oct 2017 at 6:01am
Kansas City StarOverland Park mayor's race: a development divideKansas City Star
For the first time in 12 years, Overland Park
Mayor Carl Gerlach faces a challenger as he seeks a fourth term in office. Charlotte O'Hara, who served one term in the Kansas
House, is his rival in the race. And while Gerlach touts his political ...
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