The 10 Worst Overland Park Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Overland Park suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Overland Park.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Overland Park.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Overland Park 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Overland Park area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Overland Park proper, although Fairway certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Overland Park are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 44 biggest suburbs of Overland Park to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in kansas lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Overland Park in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Overland Park for 2021:

  1. Baldwin
  2. Sugar Creek
  3. Kansas City
  4. Harrisonville
  5. Grandview
  6. Bonner Springs
  7. Independence
  8. Kansas City
  9. Riverside
  10. Pleasant Hill

What's the worst suburb of Overland Park? Baldwin ranks as the worst suburb of Overland Park for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Overland Park that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in kansas check out the best places in kansas overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Overland Park too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Overland Park Suburbs To Live For 2021

1. Baldwin

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,272
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $40,703 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (highest)
Median Home Value: $84,000 (2nd lowest)
More on Baldwin:

We'll get the ball rolling with Baldwin, the absolute worst place to live around Overland Park according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Baldwin beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Overland Park area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 2nd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Baldwin.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

2. Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,290
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $42,159 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $78,300 (lowest)
More on Sugar Creek:

Welcome to Sugar Creek. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 23.0 miles to Overland Park. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $42,159 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Kansas City, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 152,522
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $45,665 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $95,600 (3rd lowest)
More on Kansas City:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Overland Park suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Kansas City on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Overland Park suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

4. Harrisonville

Harrisonville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,043
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,404 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $137,000 (11th lowest)
More on Harrisonville:

If you live in Harrisonville, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 6th lowest Overland Park suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 3rd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Overland Park. Remember, we looked at 44 cities for this study.

Harrisonville is about 24.7 miles to downtown.

5. Grandview

Grandview, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,069
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $47,103 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $108,600 (5th lowest)
More on Grandview:

Grandview has the distinction of being a Overland Park suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Grandview has the 5th lowest home values in the metro Overland Park area, where the median price is $108,600. To put that into perspective, in Fairway, the median income is $250,001, which is the best in the area.

Grandview has an unemployment rate of 4.74% which ranks 12th worst.

Bonner Springs, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,782
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $62,245 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $167,800 (18th lowest)
More on Bonner Springs:  Data | Photos

Bonner Springs has 7,782 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 14.029384995449224%.

Independence, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 117,084
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $50,592 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $114,100 (6th lowest)
More on Independence:  Data | Photos

Ah, Independence. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Overland Park.

It's the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Overland Park metro area (4.92%).

Kansas City, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 486,404
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,194 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $154,600 (15th lowest)
More on Kansas City:  Data | Photos

Kansas City is a city about 11.0 miles from Overland Park, but Overland Park probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Kansas City has the 5th most uninsured people, 10th worst incomes, and has the 11th highest unemployment rate (4.8%) in the entire Overland Park metro area.

Homes only cost $154,600 for a reason. That's cheap for Overland Park standards.

9. Riverside

Riverside, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,342
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $34,309 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $224,400 (33rd lowest)
More on Riverside:

If you absolutely have to live near Overland Park, then Riverside might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Overland Park suburb.

About 4.65% of residents are out of work.

10. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,510
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $70,728 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $178,300 (25th lowest)
More on Pleasant Hill:

Rounding out the ten worst Overland Park suburbs to call home is Pleasant Hill.

Located 23.2 miles outside the city, Pleasant Hills is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 2nd highest unemployment rate (7.8%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Overland Park for 2021

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Overland Park.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 44 suburbs to evaluate around Overland Park.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 44 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Overland Park." We're lookin' at you, Baldwin. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around Overland Park where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Overland Park with Baldwin casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Overland Park aren't all bad. Fairway takes the cake as the best place to live around Overland Park.

  • Fairway
  • Mission Hills
  • Leawood

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Detailed List Of The Worst Overland Park Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Baldwin 2,272 $40,703 $84,000
2 Sugar Creek 3,290 $42,159 $78,300
3 Kansas City 152,522 $45,665 $95,600
4 Harrisonville 10,043 $47,404 $137,000
5 Grandview 25,069 $47,103 $108,600
6 Bonner Springs 7,782 $62,245 $167,800
7 Independence 117,084 $50,592 $114,100
8 Kansas City 486,404 $54,194 $154,600
9 Riverside 3,342 $34,309 $224,400
10 Pleasant Hill 8,510 $70,728 $178,300
11 Peculiar 5,139 $62,708 $147,000
12 Raytown 29,264 $52,662 $105,700
13 Belton 23,425 $62,754 $135,800
14 Gladstone 27,126 $59,018 $144,400
15 Pleasant Valley 3,003 $57,346 $148,500
16 Edwardsville 4,492 $65,650 $131,900
17 De Soto 6,254 $60,625 $227,800
18 Merriam 11,185 $63,806 $169,400
19 Paola 5,611 $51,324 $134,800
20 Wellsville 2,026 $64,102 $130,400
21 Spring Hill 6,626 $80,357 $202,700
22 Liberty 31,328 $76,577 $182,000
23 Tonganoxie 5,359 $72,469 $165,300
24 Eudora 6,602 $87,692 $169,000
25 Blue Springs 54,850 $75,767 $166,000
26 Lansing 11,900 $89,213 $173,000
27 Louisburg 4,443 $75,357 $181,100
28 Grain Valley 13,966 $73,698 $174,400
29 Basehor 5,951 $79,104 $240,600
30 Mission 9,523 $61,144 $179,700
31 Olathe 137,618 $90,435 $238,100
32 Shawnee 65,540 $87,120 $237,500
33 Gardner 21,528 $78,180 $189,100
34 Roeland Park 6,769 $75,965 $172,900
35 Parkville 6,724 $136,389 $411,600
36 Lenexa 54,011 $87,102 $260,900
37 Raymore 21,196 $84,697 $202,100
38 Lake Lotawana 2,120 $104,333 $385,500
39 Greenwood 6,247 $91,299 $170,500
40 Lee's Summit 97,275 $89,969 $223,700
41 Weatherby Lake 2,088 $127,321 $367,100
42 Leawood 34,670 $157,515 $463,200
43 Mission Hills 3,574 $250,001 $963,600
44 Fairway 3,960 $111,995 $376,700

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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