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Some helpful information about Johnson County.

Not only is JOHNSON COUNTY the largest, the fastest-growing, and the most affluent county in the state of Kansas, but it ranks favorably with all counties where Fortune's best five metropolitan locations for   work and family are located. Johnson County¹s major cities include  the county seat, Olathe, Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee,  Prairie Village, Fairway, Westwood, and Mission Hills.
     Johnson County¹s population is about 425,000 and growing at 10,000 per year.   Over 40% of the population age 25+ has a Bachelor¹s Degree.

Johnson County ranks among the top 10 counties in the nation in affordable housing.   A 2200 sq.ft., 4 bedroom home has an average cost of about $135,000. Thirty per cent of all new construction in Johnson County is purchased by relocation buyers. Prudential Henry & Burrows is involved in the sale of one of every four homes  in Johnson County.
     Johnson County's unsurpassed business environment and quality of life are the fuels that power one of the Midwest¹s principal growth engines.   The last decade has seen a 4,200 new private sector companies and over 87,000 private sector jobs. American Demographics says Midwestern values could be responsible for Kansas City¹s stellar devotion to work.
     The Johnson County advantages of knowlege, productivity, geography,  economic growth, and quality of life combine to make it among the nation's finest.

These facts and many more are available from County Economic Research  Institute (CERI) (fax 913-599-0423). They will gladly furnish their menu of their  publications and corresponding prices.
     In a recent national study done annually, Overland Park was the second-best place in the country to raise a child. The survey is  based on 219 cities with populations exceeding 100,000. Overland  Park Mayor Eilert attributed much of Overland Park's success to its schools.

The two measurable factors that attract businesses and families to Johnson County are  (1) affordable cost of living, and (2) high quality of education. 92.9% of population age 25+ have high school diplomas versus a national average of only 75.2%.

Schools: Johnson County has three major school districts: Blue Valley, Olathe,  and Shawnee Mission, and three newer ones: DeSoto, Spring Hill, and  Gardner-Edgerton.    

DISTRICT

SAT
VERBAL / MATH
ACT PUPIL / TEACHER RATIO
Olathe Schools 503/582 21.9  17:1
Blue Valley Schools 495/551 22.6  14:1
Shawnee Mission Schools 512/573  22.9   18:1

    

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