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Leawood, Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
Founded 1920s
Incorporated 1948
Named for Oscar Lee
 • Total 15.21 sq mi (39.38 km2)
 • Land 15.11 sq mi (39.12 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
942 ft (287 m)
 • Total 33,902
 • Density 2,228.9/sq mi (860.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66206, 66207, 66209, 66211, 66224
Area code 913
FIPS code 20-39075
GNIS ID 479275

Leawood is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 33,902.


Leawood was named for Oscar G. Lee, an original owner of the town site.


Leawood is located at 38°58′00″N 94°37′01″W / 38.96667°N 94.61694°W / 38.96667; -94.61694 (38.9666730, -94.6169012). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.16 square miles (39.26 km2), of which, 15.06 square miles (39.01 km2) of it is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

The city is bordered on three sides by the cities of Overland Park and Prairie Village, Kansas and on the fourth by Kansas City, Missouri. The city's land area is approximately 75% developed and growth is expected to continue in the future.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,167
1960 7,466 539.8%
1970 10,349 38.6%
1980 13,360 29.1%
1990 19,693 47.4%
2000 27,656 40.4%
2010 31,867 15.2%
2020 33,902 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

In an analysis by Bloomberg News, Leawood is cited as the 68th richest city in America by household income. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $117,896, and the median income for a family was $136,871. Males had a median income of $90,546 versus $43,933 for females. The per capita income for the city was $49,139. About 0.5% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 31,867 people, 11,781 households, and 9,367 families living in the city. The population density was 2,116.0 inhabitants per square mile (817.0/km2). There were 12,384 housing units at an average density of 822.3 per square mile (317.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.3% White, 1.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 11,781 households, of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.7% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.5% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 44.7 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18% were from 25 to 44; 34.3% were from 45 to 64; and 15.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

The city has become more Democratic in voting since 2016, going from majority conservative to a reliably swing district with near parity in party identification and fundraising. The city is evenly divided 50/50 Democratic-Republican.


Leawood is home to the main campus of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, which is the largest church in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and the largest Methodist church in the country with 22,000 members and an average weekly attendance of 13,600. In 2017, one of the world's largest stained glass works, costing $3.4 million, was established as part of the church's building, depicting stories of Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr.

Leawood is also home to three Catholic parishes: Church of the Nativity, Curé of Ars and St. Michael the Archangel.

Sister cites

  • History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
  • Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)


Top employers

According to Leawood's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 AMC Theatres Support Center 450
2 Reece & Nichols 415
3 American Academy of Family Physicians 362
4 Blue Valley Unified School District 346
5 Select Quote 290
6 City of Leawood 256
7 Murphy-Hoffman Company 250
8 Nueterra Holdings Company 184
10 Bukaty Companies 120

Shopping Centers

Town Center Plaza is home to a number of upscale stores with few or no other locations in the Kansas City area.



Two public school districts serve Leawood -- Shawnee Mission School District and Blue Valley USD 229.


The Johnson County Library serves the residents of Leawood.

In June 2014, Leawood city officials shut down a Little Free Library due to city ordinance prohibiting free-standing structures in the front yards of residential homes. The family of the 9-year-old boy who built the structure created a Facebook page to support amendment of Leawood's city code. Another resident of the city who erected a Little Free Library was threatened with a $25 fine. There are discussions among the city's residents in working with the city to amend its code regarding free-standing structures in residents' front yards.

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Leawood, include co-founder of Garmin Corporation Min Kao, romance novelist Julie Garwood, U.S. Representative from Missouri Karen McCarthy, baseball pitcher Dan Quisenberry, and founder of Hallmark Cards, Joyce Clyde Hall.

See also

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