Just outside Kansas City is Johnson County, Kansas, which features three of Money Magazine‘s “100 Best Cities to Live In The United States” for 2008: Overland Park, Olathe, and Shawnee.
Overland Park is the largest city in the county, with most of the population living there. In 2010, it was named one of the "Top 100 Places to Live" by Relocate America due to its low crime rate, excellent schools, and attractions such as the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Olathe is just twenty miles southwest of downtown Kansas City. Olathe is home to two public lakes, the 172-acre Olathe Lake and the 45-acre Cedar Lake. The area is a popular hot-air balloon and sailboarding spot.
Johnson County’s third largest city is Shawnee. It is home to major national and international corporations and offers an exceptional quality of life to its residents. Shawnee has been named a "Top 20 All-America City" by the National Civic League.
Apartments in Johnson County reflect the affluence of the area, with slightly higher rents than the state median.