7.15.2008

I Love Where We Live!

I knew there was a reason I loved living in Johnson County, specifically Olathe! Now everyone else knows why too!!!

Recently Forbes Magazine came out with a list of America's Best Places to Raise a Family. You can read the entire article HERE.

Well, funny enough, the #1 place was Hamiltion County, Indiana. Jeff and I lived there for 2 years in Fishers, IN before moving back to Kansas!
But Forbes #3 place to live was Johnson County, Kansas! Our little slice of Heaven in the midwest!

According to the article "we ranked the remaining counties using 10 data points: cost of living, graduation rate, standardized scores, home price, property tax rate as a percentage of median home price, percentage of homes occupied by owner, per-capita income, air quality, crime rate and commute time."

Here is what they had to say about Johnson County: "3. Johnson County, Kan.
Population: 516,731
Home to Kansas City suburbs Overland Park and Olathe, Johnson County ranks third on our list because of its affordability and accessibility. Family-friendly perks include an average commute of 20 minutes, 5,000 acres of parkland and over 4,000 recreational programs annually. One drawback: Standardized test scores are on the lower end of our spectrum."


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Then, Money magazine came out with another list. It listed the Best Places to Live in the US. And guess what?! Two Johnson County cities were listed! Overland Park at #9 and Olathe at #11!!!!! Here is what the article says about Olathe!
"100 rank: 11
Population: 114,600
One of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Olathe was reportedly named for the Shawnee word for "beautiful."
Once a prairie of wildflowers, Olathe has outgrown its sleepy roots with tremendous development: this Kansas City suburb is home to Honeywell, ALDI, Garmin and Farmers Insurance Group.
It also hosts the championship games of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including running, cycling, fishing, boating, and team sports. The area is also popular for hot-air ballooning and sailboarding, and it has two public lakes."

Kinda funny that the town of Fishers, IN, where we lived before moving back to Kansas was ranked number #10!!!

HERE is a link to the Money article.

Where do your cities rank on the lists????

And in case you are wondering how to pronounce our wonderful city of Olathe, it sounds like Oh - lay - the

9 comments:

Danielle said...

oh, that is cool! I am going to read that article! :)

Jennifer Priest said...

That is cool--you sure know how to pick places to live. My city is nowhere near being on the list...

princessofsomething said...

The town where my husband works just got ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation-- you can bet they're going to be telling that to all the incoming freshmen this year! LOL

Kim Ryden said...

It's actually O-lay-thA!

Happay said...

I used to work where you live :)

Nicole said...

Sounds like you know just the perfect spot! How exciting!

emily said...

did you know that i'm from olathe?! we just moved to florida, after living there for my whole 25 years!
i miss it soooo much!!
we lived near downtown olathe...how random!

emily said...

i saw that you go to life church? my friends, the gagers and the bakers go there...i swear, do we know each other??

erin said...

very cool:)