If you’re looking for the perfect family friendly suburb of Kansas City, this list is the place to start.  You’ll find everything from small towns to small cities, and from close-knit communities to hundreds of amenities, all near the major Missouri metro.. The one thing all these Kansas City suburbs have in common is plenty of family fun. Let’s take a look at the 10 that made the cut.

1. Leawood, KS

Leawood, KS

Source: City of Leawood, KS Government – Parks & Recreation via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,212
  • Median household income: $135,960

Leawood kicks off our list of the best Kansas City suburbs for families with plenty of housing options for potential buyers. Lovely farmhouse, ranch, and craftsman style homes are common. Young readers can check out a new book at the Leawood Pioneer Library, while golf enthusiasts have their pick of numerous courses and country clubs. Residents also enjoy family friendly productions by the Leawood Stage Company.

2. Kearney, MO

Kearney, MO

Source: Google Maps

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,615
  • Unemployment rate: 3.8 percent

The small town of Kearney earns the second place spot on our list with some of the lowest crime and unemployment rates of any place we ranked. Home buyers will find spacious craftsman style homes on large lots. Enjoy a picnic, stroll, or family game of disc golf at Jesse James Park, or enjoy games, mazes, and pumpkin picking at the Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch. The Firehouse Center for Creative Excellence offers classes and events to tap into your artsy side.

3. Shawnee, KS

Shawnee, KS

Source: Shawnee, KS Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: 4.8 percent
  • Average commute time: 21 minutes

The sizeable suburb of Shawnee has a variety of housing options for families, from modest townhomes and ranch style homes to spacious craftsman, Tudor, and Colonial style homes on large lots. Active families will love fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking the nature trails at the sprawling Shawnee Mission Park. Families can also catch a live performance at the park’s outdoor theater.

4. Platte City, MO

Platte City, KS

Source: Wikimedia user Kbh3rd

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,643
  • GreatSchools.org score: 8.5 out of 10

Platte City earns the fourth place spot on our list of the best Kansas City suburbs for families with affordable ranch style homes and spacious craftsman style houses on large lots. Get back to nature with a picnic and hike through the scenic Platte Falls Conservation Area, or cool off at the Platte River. The Platte City Library Branch is the perfect spot to check out a new book and keep young readers engaged.

5. Smithville, MO

Smithville, MO

Source: Flickr user usace-kcd

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,195
  • Unemployment rate: 3.7 percent

Smithville earns the fifth place spot on our list with a low crime rate and plenty of spacious Colonial, craftsman, and ranch style homes for families who need room to spread out or grow. Active families will love camping, swimming, boating, and fishing at 7,200 acre Smithville Lake, or enjoying the disc-golf course, picnics, and strolls along scenic trails in the surrounding parks.


6. Parkville, MO

Parkville, MO

Source: City of Parkville, MO via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median household income: $107,971
  • GreatSchools.org score: 9 out of 10

The riverside Kansas City suburb of Parkville has plenty of housing options for families, including spacious craftsman, Tudor, Colonial, and farmhouse style homes on a large lots. Enjoy a picnic along the Missouri River at Platte Landing Park, or hike scenic trails at the White Alloe Creek Conservation Area. Parkville also earned high marks from GreatSchools.org.

7. Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS

Source: Visit Overland Park via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 20 minutes
  • Unemployment rate: 5.2 percent

The sizeable city of Overland Park earns the seventh place spot on our list with a range of housing options. Modest townhomes and ranch style homes are common, as are classic Colonials, sprawling farmhouse style homes, and craftsman style houses. Grab fresh local produce at the Overland Park Farmers Market, or enjoy a day at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, which has over 200 animals, gardens, a fishing pond, and more. The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is the perfect spot to get back to nature.

8. Riverside, MO

Riverside, MO

Source: City of Riverside, Missouri Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 17 minutes
  • GreatSchools.org score: 9 out of 10

Riverside earns the eighth place spot on our list with high marks from GreatSchools. Home buyers will find lovely craftsman and Tudor style homes on large lots. Enjoy a picnic along the Missouri River at the EH Young Riverfront Park, or check out a new book at the Mid-Continent Public Library. Family friendly events like Food Truck Frenzy or the Dust Bowl Jamboree are a great way to enjoy local talent and vendors while you meet new neighbors.

9. Liberty, MO

Liberty, MO

Source: City of Liberty, Mo. Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 23 minutes
  • GreatSchools.org score: 8.2 out of 10

Home buyers searching in the Kansas City suburb of Liberty will find plenty of beautiful, affordable homes in craftsman, Colonial, farmhouse, and ranch architectural styles. Enjoy a picnic and stroll in one of Liberty’s numerous city parks or nature sanctuaries, or enjoy live music and get to know new neighbors at the Summer Concert Series. Historic downtown Liberty is home to numerous local shops and restaurants.

10. Lenexa, KS

Lenexa, KS

Source: City of Lenexa, Kansas Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 19 minutes
  • Median household income: $74,042

Lenexa rounds out our list of the best Kansas City suburbs for families. Home buyers will find modern townhomes, spacious craftsman style homes, classic Colonials, and sprawling ranch style houses. Active families will love boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking the nature trails at Shawnee Mission Park. Community events like the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle and Food Truck Frenzy are a great way to get to know your neighbors while enjoying food and entertainment.

Our Methodology

To create this list of the best Kansas City suburbs for families, we looked at the following criteria:

  • GreatSchools.org Score
  • Total crimes per 100k
  • Unemployment rate
  • Average commute time
  • Median household income
  • Median monthly housing costs (the lower the better)

We ranked each Kansas City suburb in the above categories. Because some things are of extra importance to families, we weighted the GreatSchools.org score and total crimes per 100k score to make up 25 percent of the final score, while the rest of the categories made up 10 percent. Want to see how other Kansas City suburbs measured up? Check out the table below: Best Kansas City Suburbs for Families Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: