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Best Suburbs of Kansas City in 2024

Moving to Kansas City? The KC area offers great schools, world-famous eateries, and cultural hotspots that appeal to people living in Kansas City. Check out our guide to the best suburbs of Kansas City!

Blue Springs, MO

  • Home Price: $146,800 median purchase price; $924 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 39% of U.S. cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Conveniently located less than 25 minutes from downtown is Blue Springs, one of the best KCMO suburbs. This laid-back suburb boasts breathtaking natural environments like Blue Springs Lake and is home to 20 public parks and 28 preserved acres. While there’s plenty of outdoor recreation available here, Blue Springs also has plenty of shopping and entertainment options clustered together on MO-7 and I-70—which also provides easy access to downtown. But what really draws families to Blue Springs is the presence of one of the best school districts in Missouri, Blue Springs School District.

Things to Do in Blue Springs

Tee off at one of the best public golf courses in Kansas City when you visit the Stone Canyon Golf Club. Go bird watching and hike the trails at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area. Bring your kids to explore wetland, cactus, and prairie habitats while enjoying public events like Dogtober Fest and Jacomo Summer Camp at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center. Enjoy live performances like Night of the Living Dead Live, Crimes of the Heart, and Miss Nelson is Missing at the Blue Springs City Theatre. Satisfy your hunger cravings with a Spanish Omelette, Breakfast Burrito, or French Toast at Sandy’s Restaurant. Fill up on Enchiladas Supremas, Street Tacos, and Shrimp Nachos at Las Playas. Grab a slice of great pizza in Kansas City with New York, Chicken Alfredo, and BBQ pizza at Vito’s Original Pizza. Or chow down the Bacon Jam Burger, KC Strip, and Pork Chop Loin at Sinclair’s Restaurant.

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Lee’s Summit, MO

  • Home Price: $195,900 median purchase price; $996 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 49% of U.S. cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Lee’s Summit, MO is one of the most desirable places to call home in Kansas City—and not just because of all the outdoor fun at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Residents of Lee’s Summit love the variety of attractions for all ages and fantastic local dining options, in addition to access to the local farmers market and 60+ unique local boutiques. This Kansas City suburb is also home to top-rated public schools such as Voy Spears Jr. Elementary School and Delta Woods Middle School and offers a variety of housing styles, like Tudor and Craftsman. To top it off, residents commuting for jobs in KC or family-friendly activities can find even more options via I-70, making Lee’s Summit a fantastic KCMO suburb.

Things to Do in Lee’s Summit

Cool off with the entire family with waterslides, a six-lane lap pool and diving board, and a wave pool at Summit Waves. Express your creative side by painting a variety of ceramic pottery at Potter’s Haven Art Studio. Practice your puzzle solving skills with your friends and family in Kansas City escape rooms like The Rise of Scorpio, The Grey Project, and Legacy Lost at The Exit Room. Or go for the high score on classic video games like Asteroids, Donkey Kong, and Ms. Pac-Man while you enjoy drinks like the Space Dust IPA at Arcade Alley. Sip on hot drinks like Drip Coffee and Gourmet Hot Chocolate while enjoying fresh breakfast dishes like The Terminator Sandwich at Whistle Stop Coffee. Munch on a Shrimp Po Boy, Voodoo Pasta, or The Rise & Shine Burger at Tiff n Jay’s. Expand your taste buds with the Flying Tacos, Border Burrito, and Fiesta Bowl Dinner at Habaneros. Or get ready for the perfect Kansas City date night by enjoying Fried Lobster Tail, Ahi Tuna Poke Tacos, and a Crispy Cod Sandwich at Pearl Tavern.

Liberty, MO

  • Home Price: $165,600 median purchase price; $793 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 20% of U.S. cities
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Families moving to Kansas City will fall in love with the tree-lined streets, new and historic homes, and tight-knit community that Liberty, MO has to offer. With more than 500 acres of parkland and ten miles of trails, this KC suburb offers residents of all ages the opportunity to maintain an active lifestyle. Parents can feel confident knowing their kids will be getting a top-tier education at Liberty Public Schools, and older students or those who work in academia can benefit from the suburb’s proximity to William Jewel College. Every resident can get to know their neighbors through a wide variety of community events like Liberty Fall Fest and Moonlight Yoga—and history lovers can immerse themselves with visits to Historic Downtown Liberty, the Jesse James Banks Museum, and the historic Liberty Jail. If you’re looking for a place that values community and looks out for its residents, Liberty is perfect for you!

Things to Do in Liberty

Enroll your kids in acting classes through the Corbin Kids Company or sit back to enjoy live musical performances or theatrical productions at the Corbin Theatre Company. Get some fresh air on local hiking trails and help your kids learn more about nature through programs like The Great Outdoors, Animals Cliques, and Wild in the Classroom at the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary. Shop at more than 30 local Kansas City shops in Downtown Liberty, like Anna Marie’s Teas, DJ’s Toys and Treasures, Divine Arts Collective, and more. Learn about local history at the Clay County Historical Society & Museum. Feast on authentic Mexican cuisine like the Chile Colorado, Fried Tacos, or Burrito Sancho at Mi Hacienda. Satisfy your cravings with Homemade Lasagna, Chicken Florentine, and Lobster Ravioli at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant. Chow down Fried Alligator, Gumbo, and Street Tacos at The Fish Market. Or enjoy a plate of Stacked Chicken Nachos, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and Applewood Salmon at Conrad’s Restaurant & Alehouse.

Overland Park, KS

  • Home Price: $237,100 median purchase price; $1,040 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 44% of U.S. cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

One of the top areas in Kansas City, Overland Park is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the U.S. and one of the happiest cities in America. Featuring an eclectic art scene, variety of shopping destinations, and community events, this KCKS neighborhood is perfect for residents of all ages. Ranch and Tudor homes with large lots make this area great for growing families, combined with the presence of one of the best education systems in Kansas. To top it off, this gorgeous Kansas City area is home to a wide selection of golf courses—like Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club, St. Andrews Golf Club, and the private Nicklaus Golf Club At LionsGate—which add a bit of outdoor recreation as well as visual appeal.

Things to Do in Overland Park

Learn and have fun while experiencing interactive STEM attractions like augmented reality in The Great Hall, Animal Encounters, and more at the Museum at Prairiefire. Explore more than 300 acres of nature—featuring more than 1,700 species of plants, nearly six miles of hiking trails, and view a variety of natural ecosystems—at the Overland Park Botanical Gardens. Shop at local and national outlets at Oak Park Mall. Grab a bite to eat for date night and enjoy live theatrical performances of shows like Million Dollar Quartet, Dreamgirls, and Condo-Monium at The New Theatre and Restaurant. Eat fresh breakfast dishes like Chocolate Chip Jacks, Stuffed French Toast, and Banana Nutella Crepes at Flapjacks N More. Order the Mean Bean, El Diablo, or Baby Bella burger at Burg and Barrell. Try out the Wildcat Roll, Tofu Teriyaki Udon, and Sword Fish Hibachi at Kyoto Sushi & Steak. Or test flavors from around the world with dishes like Crispy Coconut Rice, Short Rib Rigatoni, and Tequila Lime Chicken at Strang Hall.

Parkville, MO

  • Home Price: $335,600 median purchase price; $692 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 47% of U.S. cities
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

If you’re looking for a suburban setup that still has a fast pace, then check out Parkville, MO! While only 20 minutes away from Kansas City, this KCMO suburb offers plenty of shopping and local events like Parkville Cruise Nights, Parkville Farmers Market, and Parkville Microbrew Fest—which also foster a community atmosphere. Even more activity can be found at nearby Park University, which attracts young adults in particular. Parkville is also perfectly situated for people who love the outdoors—beautiful spaces like Riss Lake and Platte Landing Park are perfect for outdoor recreation.

Things to Do in Parkville

Hike nearly three miles of trails and absorb breathtaking views at the 115-acre Parkville Nature Reserve—or compete on the sand volleyball court, bike on trails, and participate in disc golf at English Landing Park! Shop at local and national outlets like Parkville Frame Gallery, Rio Salon, and Popculture at Parkville Commons. Support the Bell Road Barn Players—KC’s oldest community theatre—to see shows like Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Bad Seed, and Pride & Prejudice play at Park University’s Jenkin and Barbara David Theatre. Take to the greens and compete against friends through an 18-hole miniature golf course at Parkville Mini Golf. Get your caffeine fix with a Turtle Mocha, Misto, or Matcha Latte at Parkville Coffee. Stop for lunch and eat some Buffalo Wings, Pickle Chips, or a Patty Melt from Al’s Bar and Grill. Feast on Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Smokey Chicken Pasta, or a Turkey Melt at Nick and Jakes Parkville. Or try out French Cuisine like Escargot, Canard, and Quails at Café des Amis.


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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.