Lenexa Demographics and Real Estate Info
In 1854, 1,600,000 acres of Shawnee land was ceded to the US in an agreement between Chief Blackhoof of the Shawnee Indians and the United States government in what is today Lenexa in central Johnson County. In 1857, James Butler Hickok staked a 160-acre claim. Originally, the town was to be known as Bradshaw, KS but the genesis of the name Lenexa is rooted in the widow of Chief Blackhoof – she was known “Na-Nex-Se”. Legend has it that she was a pious and educated woman also known as “Len-Ag-See” … thus becoming Lenexa in today’s nomenclature. There is a statue of her located on the grounds of the Lenexa City Hall.
Lenexa was platted in 1869; Incorporated in 1907. It covers 34.4 square miles.
The success of Lenexa can be traced to the Old Santa Fe Trail, the Ft. Scott and Gulf Railroad and the historical migration starting in Westport, MO and ending in Santa Fe, NM. The proximity of Lenexa to these critical pathways and railroads and the lore of the west all were essential to the growth and prosperity of the community.
Neighborhoods in Lenexa are clean, affordable and benefit from exceptional city and county services.
Today, Lenexa is a vital part of central Johnson county sharing in rich Johnson County community bonds with neighboring, Olathe, Shawnee, Overland Park, Mission and the entire Greater Kansas City, Metropolitan area.
There are hundreds of attractions and fun places in Lenexa and surrounding communities; including:
- Sports Complexes & Athletic Fields
- Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
- Libraries & Community Centers
- Lake Lenexa at Black Hoof Park
- Farmer’s Markets
- Ernie Miller Nature Center & Deanna Rose in neighboring towns
- Golf Courses
- Public Pools
- Arts & Music Venues
- Fun and Eventful nightlife such as Jerry’s Bait Shop
Lenexa has always been a vital connection to industry. With its easy access to the railroads and highways, Lenexa is a critical link in Kansas City business and economy. Just a few businesses that call Lenexa home include:
- L. Huber Construction
- Alliance Data Systems
- Kiewit Power Engineering
- Coca-Cola Bottling
- Perceptive Software
- PRA International
- Quest Diagnostics
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Population – 49,342, Up 25% since 2000
- Average Income – $103,460 Per Year
- Average age – 39 years
- Gender– 48% Male, 52% Female
- Households– 19,766, 33% with children
- Average Home Values – $245,352
- Pembroke Hill School
- Kadesh Academy
- Notre Dame de Sion
- Rockhurst High School
- Prince of Peace Catholic School
- Saint Teresa’s Academy
- Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
- Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
Lenexa public school district is predominantly Olathe, Shawnee Mission, and De Soto.
Olathe Schools are the fastest growing school district in the area and has been listed in the top 25 Places to Live and Go to School per relocateamerica.com. Olathe Schools have the reputation for winning 17 Blue Ribbon School awards; as well as Level III excellence awards. These accolades correlate soundly with the $50.8 million in scholarships earned and awarded to the 2015 graduates of the Olathe school district.
The Shawnee Mission School District is the third largest school district in Kansas. 2014-2015 school year had 27,509 students in attendance. Since its unification in 1969, the school district has consistently ranked among the finest school districts in the nation.
De Soto schools have over 7000 students. It serves Shawnee, Lenexa, and a portion of Olathe. USD 232 as it is known, dates back to 1899 where the original school was built. In 1964, the school district was unified and USD 232 was formed.
There are also dozens of great private schools in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. Some of these include: