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  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Shawnee is a suburb of Kansas City with a population of 64,840. Shawnee is in Johnson County and is one of the best places to live in Kansas. Living in Shawnee offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Shawnee there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Shawnee and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Shawnee are highly rated.
About Shawnee...
Population
64,840

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$214,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$920
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Shawnee Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    186.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    37.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    21.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    210.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,198.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    221.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Shawnee

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$81,964
National
$55,322
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Shawnee Reviews

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Shawnee is constantly growing! New restaurants, gyms, and grocery stores all opening up every month. It is a very clean town with nice people. Nothing too expensive or outrageously overpriced.
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I have lived in Shawnee, KS for a little more than 10 years. The area I live in is incredibly safe and provides a lot. There are many elementary schools as well as a middle school and high school right by each other. This is nice because for families with siblings it makes transportation easy. Also with a high school at the center of it all it brings the whole community together for sporting events and other things going on in the community. There are many job opportunities around due to many stores and small businesses being near. Shawnee is very involved community with many events and nice people around. It is a very nice area to live and there has been no problems that are alarming.
I've lived here my entire life, and I absolutely love it. I went to Ray Marsh Elementary School as a child and it was a fantastic experience. The teachers and administration truly cared about where we all were going in the future, in my opinion. I'm currently a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, and it is a great school. I have friends at various other schools around the area, and most of them don't have the quality of programs that Northwest has. I'm in the IB program and it has done a great job of leading me where I need to go and preparing me for the next step. My neighborhood has been safe and my house has been a home, and that's all I could ask for. There are some construction projects that have been done over the years that could have been done in a better way, but for the most part I love this city.