There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Overland Park, Kansas.
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.
After many hours on roof, Overland Park family rescued ? by private citizens ...
22 Aug 2017 at 10:33am
Kansas City StarAfter many hours on roof, Overland Park family rescued ? by private citizensKansas City Star
After many hours of waiting on their south Overland Park
rooftop, Emiliano Yepez-Martinez's family was rescued Tuesday by private citizens braving flood waters. The clan of seven ?is safe and sound,? said Jason Rhodes, manager of media for the Overland ...Citizen with military style APV rescues Overland Park
family who sat on roof for hours during floodingfox4kc.comHours after being trapped on roof, south Overland Park
family rescued by civiliansKMBC Kansas CityFamily of 7 stranded on rooftop due to flash flooding in Overland Park
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Historic flooding leaves one dead in Kansas, strands residents in south Kansa...
22 Aug 2017 at 7:32am
Kansas City StarHistoric flooding leaves one dead in Kansas, strands residents in south Kansas CityKansas City Star
Engineers feared the river, and overflowing storm sewers, could flood the park
. ?It could be an hour until it's completely flooded,? Kansas
City Police Officer Noah Stigall told a resident as the team made the rounds. ?They called us (the tactical team ...
Heavy rains soak parts of Kansas
City; death blamed on flash floodingCBS NewsFull recap: Flash flooding hits south KC
metro againKSHBHeavy rain causes record-breaking flooding in Kansas
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Overland Park police searching for missing woman - fox4kc.com
22 Aug 2017 at 12:37pm
fox4kc.comOverland Park police searching for missing womanfox4kc.com
She last contacted her family on August 18 through social media by message board, police said. Workman is known to visit Olathe and Kansas
City, Mo. frequently. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Overland Park
Police Department at ...Woman reported missing in Overland Park
, police sayKMBC Kansas CityOverland Park
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Memorial visitation set for siblings killed in Overland Park apartment fire -...
22 Aug 2017 at 10:28am
Shawnee Mission PostMemorial visitation set for siblings killed in Overland Park apartment fireShawnee Mission Post
In loving memory of our Angels Henry Carter Jr. 5 years old and his sis Alexis Faye Carter 3 years old of Overland Parks Ks
. passed away on August 15, 2017. They leave behind their beloved parents, mother Allyse Carter and Henry Carter Sr., their ...
Overland Park 2017 Bulky Item Pickup - Kansas City infoZine
22 Aug 2017 at 7:47am
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- infoZine - Hoarders and clean freaks, the City of Overland Park have something for you starting next month. It's the annual Bulky Item Pickup. It begins Saturday, Sept. 30, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 28, for homes east of ...
Two children killed, other residents injured in two-alarm Overland Park apart...
15 Aug 2017 at 8:47am
Kansas City StarTwo children killed, other residents injured in two-alarm Overland Park apartment fireKansas City Star
Two young children were killed and several others were injured when fire swept through their apartment building early Tuesday in Overland Park
. The children's mother and three men from another apartment were taken to the hospital for treatment of their ...2 children dead, 7 others hurt in Overland Park apartment fire ...KSHB2 children killed in fire at apartment complex in Overland Park - KCTV5KCTV Kansas CityPassco Sells Remaining Interests in 360-Unit Apartment Community in Overland Park
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WATCH: Video of Overland Park I-435 semi crash shows moment of impact, explos...
16 Aug 2017 at 2:44pm
fox4kc.comWATCH: Video of Overland Park I-435 semi crash shows moment of impact, explosion, firefox4kc.com
In a video tweet Wednesday afternoon, Frank Donchez, Overland Park
police chief, showed the close-call a semi driver had after slamming into a traffic barrier on westbound I-435 and Antioch Wednesday morning. In the video above, you can see the truck ...
Driver injured in fiery semi wreck on I-435 WB in Overland Park
KSHBEmergency crews free semi driver after fiery crash on I-435 in Overland Park
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Q39 opens in Overland Park, gets some love on Twitter | The ... - Kansas City...
14 Aug 2017 at 3:45pm
Kansas City Star (blog)Q39 opens in Overland Park, gets some love on Twitter | The ...Kansas City Star (blog)
Q39 opened its second barbecue restaurant in Overland Park on Monday, Aug. 14.Q39 in Overland Park and Mission Taco Joint open, funds being ...Pitch Weekly (blog)all 2 news articles »
Overland Park, the wait is almost over; Q39 South opens Monday - Kansas City ...
11 Aug 2017 at 12:13pm
Kansas City Star (blog)Overland Park, the wait is almost over; Q39 South opens MondayKansas City Star (blog)
Three years after opening Q39 barbecue in midtown, chef and owner Rob Magee is expanding the popular concept in a bigger way to Overland Park
. Magee said he looked for ... Wood-fired grilled plates include salmon and Kansas
City strip. Magee has won ...
Overland Park preschool looking for silver lining after second round of flood...
22 Aug 2017 at 6:59pm
KSHBOverland Park preschool looking for silver lining after second round of floodingKSHBOVERLAND PARK
, Kan. ? Tuesday marks the second time that Rabbi Mendy Wineberg has had to deal with flooding at the Chabad House Center of Kansas
City. ?Pretty much everything within 2 feet of the floor was up and moving around floating ? you got ...and more »