In the southwest quadrant of the Kansas City metropolitan area, Shawnee is located in Johnson County, Kansas, one of the premier counties nationwide for quantifiable quality of life factors. Average commuting time, home prices, purchase potential index and per capita personal income all compare favorably with counties throughout the U.S. Shawnee itself offers an extensive park system, allowing residents easy access to a wide range of entertainment and recreational facilities.
|Major national and international corporations have already located facilities in Shawnee. The success Shawnee continues to realize can be traced to several factors including excellent educational facilities, superior transportation infrastructure, location within the metropolitan area, a skilled labor pool and others. Community services are modern and comprehensive, yet property tax rates remain low.|
History of Shawnee
Shawnee Downtown Partnership
City of Shawnee - U.S. Census Demographics
Shawnee is privileged to have one of the best Parks and Recreation Departments in the Kansas City metro area. From the trails to the facilities to the recreational opportunities, there is something for residents of all ages. We also offer many other diverse and unique entertainment opportunities. Explore the links below to find out more.
Shawnee, Kansas is served by 2 public school districts and several private schools. The eastern 1/2 of the City is in the Shawnee Mission School District (USD 512) and the western 1/2 is served by the DeSoto School District (USD 232).
The Shawnee Mission School District has a national reputation for educational excellence that is fostered by the community's dedication to its schools. The district's tradition of learning continues to attract families seeking a quality education in a caring environment.
The DeSoto School District covers 100 square miles and includes the city of DeSoto and parts of Shawnee, Lenexa, Bonner Springs, and Olathe. More than 85% of the district's students pursue post-secondary education and more than 60% of the teaching staff have earned or are currently pursuing Masters or other advanced degrees.
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Below are links to the various utilities serving the City of Shawnee.
Top 100 Places to Live
In 2010, Money Magazine identified Shawnee as 17th on the list of Top 100 U.S. Communities to live in.
In 2008, Money Magazine identified Shawnee as one of the Top 100 U.S. Communities to live in based on:
Best and Most Affordable Suburb
In November 2008, and previously in 2006, Business Week rated Shawnee one of the best and most affordable suburbs in the United States based on:
- Property Tax
- Air Quality
- Commute Time
- Housing Prices
- Leisure and Culture Opportunities
- Health and Education
Top 20: All America City
The National Civic League named Shawnee one of the Top 20 All-America Cities in 2007
- Excellent Schools
- Safe Neighborhoods
- Recreational Opportunities
- Best Public Safety
- First Rate City Services
The award is the oldest community recognition program in the nation and recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.
Digital Cities Award - 1st place
In 2015, the City of Shawnee, KS was awarded first place in our population category by the Center for Digital Government. This is Shawnee's 4th consecutive year to win this award - in 2014, we placed 7th and in both 2013 and 2012, Shawnee placed 6th. The Digital Cities Survey provides an annual measure of city performance and innovation in using technology. The annual survey is a part of the Digital Communities Program and is open to all U.S. cities. The survey criteria focuses on results achieved by cities - via the use of technology - in operating efficiencies, realizing strategic objectives, innovative or creative solutions or approaches, effective collaboration and transparency measures, among others.
A+ Ranking - Sunshine Review
The City of Shawnee, Kansas, continues to maintain it's A+ rating from the Sunshine Review. The Sunshine Review is a national nonprofit, pro-transparency organization who pro-actively champions government openness. They are dedicated to educating the public about proactive disclosure of government data and other open government initiatives.
Bicycle Friendly Community
In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists awarded Shawnee the Silver Award for a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Shawnee, KS climate is hot during summer when temperatures range in the 80's to 90's and very cold during winter when temperatures range from teens to the 30's.
The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 90.50 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 20.70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be fairly limited during summer with a difference that can reach 19 degrees Fahrenheit, and fairly limited during winter with an average difference of 17 degrees Fahrenheit.
The annual average precipitation in Shawnee is 35.51 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is June with an average rainfall of 4.73 Inches.
Shawnee is the third fastest growing city in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City area, Shawnee nestles its more than 63,300 residents in 42 square miles of rolling hills and unspoiled countryside. Good city planning and economic development practices have carefully concentrated commercial and industrial development on major traffic arteries to protect the quiet residential areas. Shawnee’s city government is well known for its sensitivity to the needs of both residents and businesses. Government is also conscientious of the city’s clean environment, and is dedicated to preserving it through orderly and controlled growth.