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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Merriam is a suburb of Kansas City with a population of 11,259. Merriam is in Johnson County and is one of the best places to live in Kansas. Living in Merriam offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Merriam there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Merriam and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Merriam are above average.
About Merriam...
Population
11,259

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$154,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$859
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Merriam Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    26.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    319.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,690.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    984.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Merriam

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,109
National
$55,322
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Merriam Reviews

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Easy access to the highway. Midway between downtown and south Kansas City, close to everything the metro has to offer without a long drive/commute. Nice parks, lots of parks of various sizes and styles. Great city services. Merriam covers a small area so response time for police and fire department is quick. Good, solid schools. Lots of shopping and dining choices. Big yards. Established trees. Community swimming pool. IKEA! Merriam is tucked in between the bigger cities of Overland Park and Shawnee so you also get the convenience and opportunities afforded in those cities, without having to live there.
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Wonderful neighborhood that is within a ten to twenty minute drive of just about everything Kansas City. Antioch Park is a great place to take the kids, especially during the Turkey Creek Festival. Wonderful suburb for any class of families.
I live on the county line, as a result only one side of the street belongs to the city. That being said, police presence really isn't that prevalent on my street, however, law enforcement can be seen patrolling throughout the rest of the city. Crime/vandalism really isn't an issue where I live.