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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Civics 75
Demographics 48
Economy 49
Education 74
Health 72
Housing 66
Infrastructure 47

#3. Overland Park, KS

Here to convince you the suburbs are cool is Overland Park, KS, where local artists have created colorful murals for all to enjoy and hiking trails meander through a serene 300-acre botanical garden. Overland Park is the gateway to Kansas City, MO. But as the second biggest city in Kansas, it has plenty of its own stellar amenities like great schools, affordable homes, and plenty of ways to stay entertained — including an art deco theater, the Rio Theater — that shows movies.

Top Colleges/Universities: Johnson County Community College

Top Industries & Employers: T-Mobile, which recently acquired Sprint, is the biggest employer in Overland Park. In addition to telecommunications, other top industries include education, technical services, health care, finance and insurance.

Weekend Plans: Pinterest comes to life at Creative Culture, a locally owned DIY craft studio and milkshake bar. 

Favorite Place to Feast: Barbecue is big here. For a good introduction, head to Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and order the burnt ends, a rite of passage in this region. 

Beloved Beverage: Brew your very own craft beer at BrewLab.

Outdoorsy Activity: A visit to the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, home to more than 1,700 species. The park has several free admission days throughout the year.

Rooftop Bar: Sip a beer (there’s 50 or so to choose from) on the rooftop patio at The BrewTop Pub and Patio.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park is a family-friendly park with a 7-acre, fenced-off leash area where your dog can burn off energy. 

Remote Work Perk: Take a coffee break at McLain’s Market and catch up on emails on the covered patio. 

One More Thing … “Ant-Man” actor Paul Rudd and Ted Lasso (aka Jason Sudeikis) both grew up in Overland Park.

– Brittany Anas

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