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EDUCATION

Here in Lenexa, one of our most important resources is our education system. The value of highly educated children extends far beyond the classroom and into our community. This is why Lenexa and Johnson County has one of the highest levels of education attainment of any county in the nation.

School Districts
Students from kindergarten through high school attend classes in the Shawnee Mission, Olathe, and DeSoto school districts. These three districts are some of the most respected districts in the Kansas City metro area as well as nationally. The Shawnee Mission and Olathe school districts are consistently ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

Higher Education
The Kansas City metro area has 43 two and four year colleges. In Johnson County, the Johnson County Community College is one of the premier two-year institutions in the nation. Their diverse programs enable both students and professionals to take classes both day and night. Lenexa is located just 30 minutes from the main campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The Edwards Campus is a satellite of the University of Kansas located minutes from Lenexa in Johnson County. Accessibility to these institutions makes the work force in Johnson County first in its class.


Johnson County Library
Johnson County Library includes a Central Resource Library and 12 neighborhood libraries in Johnson County, Kansas. Each year, Johnson County Library has more visitors than the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art combined. In 2006, over 2.5 million people visited library locations, and over 2.3 million people visited the Library's Web site from their homes, offices and other locations outside the Library. Established in 1952 by volunteers, the award-winning Johnson County Library checks out over 6 million items annually. For more information, please visit www.jocolibrary.org.

Education Points of Pride

  • Five of Johnson County’s six school districts were awarded “gold medals” by Expansion Management Magazine.
  • Johnson County produced 72 National Merit Scholar Finalists.
  • The average ACT score for a Johnson County student is 23.2.
  • The national average is 21. The average SAT score for a Johnson County student is 1177. The national average is 1020.
  • Johnson County is first in its class in percentage of adults with a high school diploma; fourth in percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree; and sixteenth in percentage of adults with a graduate degree.
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PUBLIC SAFETY

There is a well-founded sense of security living in Lenexa. With an incredibly low crime rate, a focus on homeland security, and award winning police and fire departments, you can always sleep safely in Lenexa.

Crime

Police Department
Lenexa Police Department mission is to "consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively promote, preserve and deliver a feeling of security, safety and quality service to the members of our community"
         http://www.ci.lenexa.ks.us/police/index.html

Fire Department
The Lenexa Fire Department has earned full accreditation status awarded by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc. (CFAI). Lenexa is the only department in Kansas to have achieved accredited agency status, and it is one of only 66 fire departments in the world to have attained this acknowledgment of excellence in fire service.
         http://www.ci.lenexa.ks.us/fire/index.html

Cost of Living

Living in Lenexa is far less expensive than many areas across the rest of the United States. Here, the hard earned dollar is easily stretched so you can afford to provide for yourself and family.

Home Price Comparison
The cost of a 2,200 square foot home in Johnson County with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 2-car garage is over $62,000 less than the national average.

The Kansas City metro area ranks 16th in affordability based on a study done by the National Association of Home Builders- one of only two metros with a population in excess of one million to rank in the top 30.

Average Work Trip Commute
The average commute for a Johnson County resident is 20 minutes. For many Lenexa residents its even less since they work where they live; the population of Lenexa doubles in size each workday with its employment base.

With over 120 freeway lane miles per 1,000 residents, the Kansas City metro doubles the national US average of 58.

Per Capita Income
Johnson County residents make roughly $41,500 per capita in personal income. This is far and away above the national US average of $28, 500.

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