2019 marks the fifth year in a row (and sixth year overall) that Overland Park has been named the #1 place to raise a family by WalletHub.com. The personal finance site releases an annual ranking of “Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family,” comparing 180 cities across 47 key metrics. And this Kansas City suburb, now home to Bluhawk, is a perennial chart-topper. So what is it exactly about Overland Park that makes it such a great place to live?
It’s no surprise that educational opportunities for children are a major factor in deciding whether a community is a good place to raise a family. Overland Park came in at #11 on WalletHub’s “Education & Child Care” metric. 70 Kansas City-area public schools were ranked among the nation’s best in 2019 according to U.S. News & World Report. And 52 of those schools were new to the list, indicating a clear upward trend.
A city’s safety is another understandable area of concern for parents starting a family, and according to WalletHub’s “Health & Safety” metric, Overland Park is in the top 10 nationally.
Kansas’s northeastern region is said to be the economic engine for the state, and the projections of staggering population and job growth over the next few years certainly reflect that idea. Over the next two years, Overland Park’s population is expected to increase by 25,000, and over the next decade, the area is expected to see 43% job growth. Currently, there are an estimated 7,000 new Kansas City homes underway to accommodate this growth, including Bluhawk homes and apartments like The Residences.
Large corporate headquarters in the region also contribute to the growing economy and job stability. H&R Block employs 1,600 company associates in Kansas City. AMC, the world’s largest theater operator, has more than 600 employees at its Leawood, KS, headquarters. And Sprint is the city’s largest employer, supplying 6,000 jobs. Other companies with headquarters in the area include Cerner, Garmin International, HOK and Burns & McDonnell.
Income and investment statistics also provide insight into why families want to live the Overland Park lifestyle. Johnson County is the wealthiest county in Kansas, and the average household income within a three-mile radius of Bluhawk is $155,000.
Plus a recent $6.5 billion investment in downtown Kansas City is revitalizing the city and creating a ripple effect of development throughout the region. In fact, Overland Park is also investing in infrastructure, like 159th Street near Bluhawk.
These factors and more make Overland Park a great place to raise a family. And the economic boom already underway in the region will help fuel job growth and educational opportunities for the many families that will no doubt decide to plant their roots in Overland Park (including future Bluhawk residents) over the next few years. All this means Bluhawk tenants can expect more expendable income to go around, which will further growth and investment in area businesses.