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This Kansas city is one of the best places in the nation to raise a family, study says

Kansas City Star - 5/29/2024

What are the best places to raise a family? A new national study says that a Kansas City area city is a good choice.

The study, released by personal finance website WalletHub, says that Overland Park is the second-best city in the United States to raise a family in 2024.

WalletHub looked at 182 U.S. cities based on 45 key metrics that it considers essential family dynamics, like the cost of housing, how many playgrounds are in the area, the amount of driving fatalities and the quality of schools.

Using these key metrics, the study placed them into five categories and determined each city’s ranking. The statistics for each metric were found using information from sites such as U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WalletHub ranked each city on a scale of 100, and Overland Park received a total score of 70.11. Here’s where Overland Park ranked in the five categories:

Family fun: 118th out of 182

How did Overland Park receive its ranking?

Key factors that led to Overland Park’s ranking include its unemployment rate and child safety.

Overland Park’s unemployment rate of 2.4% is one of the lowest in the country. The city also has one of the highest median family incomes, more than $140,000 after adjusting for the cost of living.

The city has the second-highest percentage of two-parent families in the country, at 82%. It also has the 10th-lowest separation and divorce rate in the country.

WalletHub also reported that Overland Park has a low infant mortality rate, a low traffic fatality rate and the ninth-best public hospitals in the country.

According to the list, the best city to raise a family in the United States is Fremont, California, finishing with a total score of 73.55. Others in the top five include Irvine, California; Plano, Texas; and Seattle.

Kansas City finished 91st with a total score of 51.60, and Wichita finished 136th with a total score of 46.38.

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