Mission Hills Top Kansas City Suburban Neighborhood

Mission Hills is the best place to live for Kansas suburbanites, according to a new ranking by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Scoring just below Mission Hills was Glendale, Mo., named the best suburb of Missouri.

Coldwell Banker ranked the suburbs based on access to amenities, proximity to good schools, average commute times and community safety. According to the survey, suburbanites are more likely to eat in, commute to work, own their homes, and dedicate weekends to home improvement and do-it-yourself décor projects.

The list names the top 10 suburbs nationally, as well as the top five in each state. (Scroll down to see maps of the recognized Kansas and Missouri suburbs.)

The top Kansas suburbs — all in the Kansas City metro area — are Mission Hills, Leawood, Prairie Village, Westwood and Fairway.

Mission Hills earned 955.35 points — just 6.3 points shy of the national No. 10 slot. The suburb’s population has decreased by 2.3 percent since 2000, and 92.9 percent of Mission Hills homes are owned. The median age of homes is 48 years, and 57 percent of homes have been occupied by the same residents for more than five years.

Overland Park missed the Kansas top five, coming in eighth with a score of 857.87. The city repeatedly has been recognized by Money Magazine as one of the nation’s 10 best small cities in which to live.

Only one of Missouri’s top five is in the Kansas City area — No. 5 Weatherby Lake, a private lake community in Platte County. The rest are near St. Louis.

Glendale led the Missouri suburbs with a score of 949.71, followed by Ladue, Warson Woods and Clarkson Valley. Glendale has seen 2.2 percent population growth since 2000, and 90.9 percent of homes are owned. The median age of homes is 52 years, and 54 percent of homes have had the same residents for more than five years.

Nationally, Cherry Hills Village, Colo., ranked No. 1, receiving a perfect score. Ten minutes from Denver, the city has an almost 100 percent home-ownership rate, an average commute of less than 20 minutes, and well-maintained parks and landscaping.

Original Story: Autumn MorningSky Web Producer- Kansas City Business Journal

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