Overland Park is a city located in Kansas. With a 2020 population of 196,636, it is the 2nd largest city in Kansas (after Wichita) and the 129th largest city in the United States. Overland Park is currently growing at a rate of 1.05% annually and its population has increased by 13.42% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 173,372 in 2010. Spanning over 76 miles, Overland Park has a population density of 2,616 people per square mile.
The average household income in Overland Park is $111,072 with a poverty rate of 5.44%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,125 per month, and the median house value is $261,200. The median age in Overland Park is 37.7 years, 35.8 years for males, and 39.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.1 males.
According to a projection by the Wichita State University, the population of Kansas will increase 22% by 2064 to 3.5 million. Nearly one-third of Kansans are expected to live in Johnson County, including Overland Park and Kansas City. The population of the county is projected to increase 91% to 1.1 million by 2064.
Overland Park has a history dating back to 1905 when the founder, William Strang, Jr., plotting subdivisions on a former military road. He eventually developed what became the city’s downtown area. Overland Park was incorporated in 1960 with a population of 28,000. By 1990, the population had grown to almost 112,000. Within a decade, it was the second largest city in Kansas after Witchita when it surpassed Kansas City.
Overland Park’s growth can be attributed more to annexation and later development of “greenfield” land than to natural population growth. The city has added more than 8 square miles of annexed land which has caused the state to change its laws governing annexation to require a majority vote by affected residents in the future. Over the last decade, Overland Park has received awards for its economy, low tax rate, public safety record, and quality of life, all of which have contributed to the city’s growth.