Roeland Park: Successful City in Kansas

Roeland Park is a small city in Johnson County, Kansas located very close to Kansas City, including the Country Club Plaza. It’s convenient to get to, located off Interstate 35. With only just over 6700 residents, Roeland Park has a small town feel with excellent schools.

The city earned accolades from “Zippia,” a career site, in its rankings of the “10 Most Successful Cities in the Sunflower State.” Roeland Park is the fifth best city in Kansas. Zippia based its rankings on poverty level, median household income, and the unemployment rate. The city has something for everyone with a year-round aquatic center, public art, and a growing business community.

The community is revitalizing areas and adding new business including a hotel and zip line operation.

Roeland Park

Roeland Park Recreation

Roeland Park has six parks including a community garden and skate park. Some of the parks also feature soccer fields, walking trail and rain garden, and playgrounds.

The crown jewel is the Roeland Park Aquatic Center. The main pool has an air-supported dome. Workers remove it in the summer transforming the pool into an aquatic theme park with a 120-foot water slide, group slide, youth pool, and sprayers.

With year-round swimming, the Aquatic Center features swimming lessons and competitive swim teams.

The city also offers parks and a community garden.

Art in R Park

Shawnee Mission School District

Students attend the award-winning Shawnee Mission School District. It’s considered one of the best in the nation, consistently earning national recognition. Some of the high schools are considered among the best in the nation according to The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report.

Students begin preparation for medical, law enforcement, engineering, and legal careers early on in their schooling. Project Blue Eagle and Project Lead the Way prepare students for life after high school and encourage them to think creatively to solve real world problems.

Students also attend nearby private schools including Bishop Miege High School and St. Agnes School.

Quick Facts

  • Population – 6786
  • High school graduate – 96.6%
  • Mean travel time to work – 20.9 minutes
  • Median value of homes – $156,600
  • Median household income – $64,600

Photos used with permission from the City of Roeland Park.

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