Overland Park, Lee's Summit Make Money Magazine's List of Best Places to Live 2016

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  Money magazine searched the United States and produced a list of the 50 best places to live, and Overland Park and Lee’s Summit made the cut at No. 29 and No. 43, respectively. They analyzed critical factors including taxes, education, health care, affordability and more.

  Money boasts about Overland Park saying it “offers the activities and resources of a large metropolis while maintaining the charm and community of a small town.” Featured activities include visiting the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, seeing a soccer game at Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, and walking or biking at one of 72 parks.

  Community events including the weekly farmers’ markets, events at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, and downtown shopping also made Money’s reasons to live in Overland Park.

  Money calls Overland Park a “thriving business center” because it’s home to the Sprint world headquarters, has a low unemployment rate and a projected job growth of 7.5 percent in the next five years.

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  Lee’s Summit also made the list, “becoming a destination of its own”. Downtown Lee’s Summit is a center for local restaurants, shops and a twice-weekly farmer’s market recognized as the best in Missouri for three straight years. Community events include a Halloween parade that encourages costumes, free concerts in the park, seasonal festivals and much more.

  Business in Lee’s Summit is also booming —‚Äč Cerner is investing some $500 million to expand a data center in Lee’s Summit, and another $200 million is being invested in apartments, office space, retail space, and a hotel in “the up-and-coming tech corridor.” The Kansas City suburb also boasts great schools and amenities like an amphitheater and a lake.

  Columbia, Maryland; Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and Plano, Texas are the top three cities on this year’s list.

   Read the full article from Money here.