Mission, Kansas

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Mission is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States. The population was 9,727 at the 2000 census.

In 2003, Mission absorbed the neighboring city of Countryside. The city is a first-tier suburb in the Kansas City Metro.



Mission is located at 39°1′32″N 94°39′22″W / 39.02556°N 94.65611°W / 39.02556; -94.65611 (39.025572, -94.656056)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²), all of it land.


The City of Mission offers several assistance programs to help residents maintain the exteriors of their homes. These programs include Mission Possible, an effort to help elderly and disabled individuals remove dilapidated structures, physical barriers, and make basic repairs to their homes and property. The city also provides free paint and primer to low income residents to maintain the aesthetics of their homes.[4]

Mission is a member of the national Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, an effort encouraging cities to reduce greenhouse emissions. The City of Mission also has a carbon-offset program, and gained regional attention by rejecting an effort by developers to build a Wal-Mart store in the city limits.


The site where Mission now sits was once a rest stop for wagons moving westward on the Santa Fe Trail during the 19th Century. The clear spring water rising to the surface in present-day Mission made it an ideal place to collect drinking water for horses and travelers. For years the area was owned as a homestead by the Breyfogel family, who subdivided their land into 245 lots and sold them off in the early 20th Century. The town grew up slowly in the 1920s and 1930s, benefiting from its close proximity to Kansas City, Missouri. After World War II however, the town grew rapidly amid the post-war housing boom, as young families from Kansas City purchased their first homes. Today, the town retains this "post-war look," with small houses of different designs on large lots, in contrast to stereotypical neighborhoods of outer-ring suburbs.[5]

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