Located in the heart of Johnson County Kansas, Lenexa is one of Kansas City’s safest and most well-established suburbs. Listed recently as one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Best Places to Raise Kids, this mid-sized town boasts one of the highest citizen-satisfaction ratings in the Kansas City area. Lenexa was founded in 1869, and this strategically planned city, located only 12 miles south of Kansas City proper, is home to a number of local, national and international business headquarters.
Residents of Lenexa have every convenience at their fingertips. Area shopping options include the Oak Park Mall, a thriving indoor shopping center with several mid-priced and high-end chain stores as well as a few locally owned retailers. Price clubs and discount clothing stores are easy to find nearby. Restaurants, bars and bakeries in Lenexa range from national chains to mom-and-pop startups.
Most students living in Lenexa attend local public schools. The city does not have its own school district, so students attend schools in the De Soto, Shawnee Mission or Olathe school districts, all of which have academic standards ranked among the highest in the state of Kansas. Private school options also abound.
Parks and Recreation
Lenexa contains over 30 parks with more than 25 playgrounds for enjoyment by the city’s youth. Three city pools help citizens stay cool in the summer, and other recreational facilities include a new disc golf course, soccer fields, tennis and volleyball courts, and jogging and biking trails.
Several companies have headquarters or distribution centers in Lenexa. Top employers here include United Parcel Service (UPS), Quest Diagnostics, JCPenney and T-Mobile.
Driving remains the top mode of transportation for citizens of Lenexa. Residential neighborhoods have easy access to I-35, I-435 and US Highway 10. Public transportation via The JO provides commuting routes into Kansas City on weekdays as well as community service routes to sporting events and other nearby attractions.