Overland Park, Kansas

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Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it has traditionally been considered a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, and is located adjacent to Olathe, Lenexa, Prairie Village and Leawood. The population was 149,080 at the 2000 census and was estimated at 173,250 in the 2008 census data.[4] Overland Park has consistently ranked in the top 10 of CNN/Money and Money magazine's 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States.[5] Also in 2010, Money Magazine rated Overland Park, Kansas, the 7th best city to live in the United States.[6] Additionally, the city was ranked as one of "The Best Places to Raise Your Kids in 2009"[7] and was ranked 3rd for "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up".[8] It is also the setting for the Showtime series The United States of Tara.

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History

The city traces its roots back to 1905, with the arrival of its founder, William B. Strang Jr.[citation needed], who plotted subdivisions along a military roadway on 600 acres (2.4 kmĀ²)[citation needed] he purchased that are now part of the old downtown area. One of those subdivisions was named Overland Park, and was the site for the first airplane flight west of the Mississippi with shows by the Wright brothers, sponsored by Strang, on December 24, 1909.

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