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Overland Park is a city located within the northeastern-most tip of the present-day U.S. state of Kansas.  Prior to European incursions, this area had been inhabited since as early as 3,000 B.C.  At the time when Europeans first arrived, the Kansa-Osage had become prevalent.  As for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, however, one can trace its roots back to 1905, when the city’s founder, William B. Strang Jr. arrived in the area.  Strang plotted subdivisions along a military roadway on 600 acres he had purchased.  These acres are now considered part of the downtown area.  One of these subdivisions was known as Overland Park, and that was how the city got its name.  This subdivision also served as the site for the first airplane flight west of the Mississippi River, with shows by the Wright brothers on December 24th, 1909.  Strang personally sponsored these pioneering air shows.  It wouldn’t be until 1960 when Overland Park, Kansas was officially incorporated into a city.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Overland Park, Kansas has a total population of 188,966 people.  This makes it the 128th most populous city in the nation and the second most populous city in the state of Kansas.  Overland Park, Kansas is also considered part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  The Kansas City metropolitan area, according to a 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 2,159,159 people.  This makes it the 30th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Overland Park, Kansas’s economy is dominated by the service sector.  In fact, the city’s five largest industries include information technology, finance and insurance, professional and technical services, retail trade, and health care.  Overland Park, Kansas is home to many prominent company’s headquarters including Sprint Corporation, YRC Worldwide, Black & Veatch, Waddell & Reed, Ferrellgas, Ash Grove Cement Company, Compass Minerals, and Netsmart Technologies.

Overland Park, Kansas’s 2016 City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report announced the largest employer in the area to be Sprint/Nextel, responsible for 6,300 local jobs.  Coming in a far second was the Shawnee Mission School District, providing employment for 3,974 people.  Blue Valley School District came in third, employing 3,313 people, while Black & Veatch Engineering Consultants rounded out the list, with 2,649 on their payrolls.

Overland Park, Kansas isn’t all about its economy, however.  As its name could suggest, Overland Park, Kansas is home to more than 1,800 acres of park land and open space – encompassing 72 parks in total.  Among these parks are the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, covering 300 acres of space.  Additionally, the Overland Park Golf Division operates two public golf courses: those of St. Andrews and the Sykes Lady Golf Club.  Finally, Overland Park, Kansas is home to the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, which is a 12-acre farm featuring animals (of course), “hay rides, a fishing pond, an early 1900s school house, and a children’s gold mining camp.”

Do you, by any chance, own a small business in and/or around the Overland Park, Kansas area?  Have you thought about tackling such a monumental and exhilarating task?  The resources listed below should aid you if you decide to embark upon such a quest:

Apply for a Business License in Overland Park, Kansas:


Doing Business in the City of Overland Park, Kansas:


Overland Park, Kansas Chamber of Commerce:


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