Shawnee Demographics and Real Estate Info
Shawnee Kansas is a suburb of Kansas City located in the northeast of Johnson County. It is considered part of the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Nearby cities include: Mission, Merriam, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Lenexa, Leawood, Roeland Park, and Kansas City Missouri.
The city of Shawnee was named after the Shawnee Indians who were relocated to the area in the late 1820’s from Missouri and Ohio. In 1825, the US government gave the Shawnee Indians over 1.5 million acres of land in exchange for territories in Missouri for settlers. In 1854, a new treaty was struck and the Indians sold back all but 200,000 acres of land to allow for further pioneer settlements.
Located at the intersection of early military and other roads leading to the Santa Fe Trail, the areas proved to be critical in events leading to and beyond the Civil War.
Caught in the intense battle between anti and pro-slavery fighters, Shawnee was burned to the ground during these turbulent border struggles. Despite these obstacles, the rich abundance of resources and the critical location fueled the cities importance and growth.
Post WWII, the housing boom and returning GI’s contributed richly to the growth and prosperity of Shawnee, KS. This growth and proximity to surrounding communities has allowed Shawnee to thrive. In fact, in 2010, Shawnee was ranked at number 17th in the US for best places to live.
There are hundreds of attractions and fun places in Shawnee and surrounding communities; including:
- Steamboat Arabia
- Shawnee Indian Mission Historical Site
- American Jazz Museum
- Toy & Miniature Museum
- Crossroads Arts District
- Union Station
- Libraries & Community Centers
- Country Club Plaza
- Farmer’s Markets
- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums
- Starlight Theatre
There are greater than 1300 thriving businesses in Shawnee and Northeast Johnson County. Just a few businesses that call Shawnee and Northeast Johnson County home include:
- GBA Architects
- Complete Constructing Service
- BHC Rhodes
- Johnson County Community College
- KBS Construction
- Marsh & McLennan Agency
- Olsson Associates
- Terracon Consultants
- Vaught Group
- Zarda-Rieke Development Corporation
- Population – 71,633, Up 26% since 2000
- Average Income – $95,517 Per Year
- Average age – 38 years
- Gender– 48% Male, 52% Female
- Households– 27,242, 37% with children
- Average Home Values – $218,085
- 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
Shawnee public school district is Shawnee Mission.
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.
There are also dozens of great private schools in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. Some of these include: