All About Shawnee
Shawnee is a city located in northwest Johnson County, Kansas, United States and is a western suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 62,209. Shawnee’s fur trading and pioneering heritage blends histories of these Kansas Territory townships: Monticello and Shawnee.
Shawnee has been recognized by Money Magazine in its annual “Best Places To Live” survey- placing 17th in the United States ranking, Shawnee was recognized for its affordable housing, air quality index, and median commute time. BusinessWeek selected Shawnee as one of the Best Affordable Suburbs in 2006 and 2009.
Shawnee has a council–manager government. Mayor and councilmembers are elected to four year terms. Each ward has two representatives whose terms are staggered by two years. However, the elections of April 2010 and 2012 will serve for three years. The day-to-day operations are managed by the city manager. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/ks/shawnee-282040345)
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Shawnee Mission Park
A 1,600 acre, multi-use park, the Shawnee Mission Park is a beautiful area popular for outdoor recreation. The park offers picnic areas, boat access, water paddling, fishing and hiking trails, as well as a large off-leash dog park and theatre presentations.
Mill Creek Streamway Park
Mill Creek Streamway Park is a linear park with over 17 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails. It is also composed of three miles of equestrian trails and open spaces for leisure pursuits like jogging, picnicking and nature hiking.
Shawnee Mission Off-Leash Dog Park
Shawnee Mission Off-Leash Dog Park is a 53 acre area that features a dog swim area and many wood chip and natural surface trails through grasslands and woods. It has a water station and multiple waste stations.
Charles J. Stump Memorial Park
With 60 acres to explore, Charles J. Stump Memorial Park offers visitors expansive fields for flag football, soccer, baseball, and other sports. The park also has a 0.6 mile walking trail that rolls over hills.
Pioneer Crossing Park
The 2.2-acre Pioneer Crossing Park is a leisure park that features a 3D brick monument, a sculpture of Dick Williams, and a wagon train sculpture. The park was made to commemorate the pioneer trails that cross Shawnee City.
Located near the Turkey Creek Steamway Trail, Chatlain Park is a public park filled with a number of amenities for visitors to enjoy. These amenities include a walking trail, covered picnic areas, barbecue grills, and a playground
Pirate ships, bumper cars, a kid’s zone and a Rascal Rocket are only a few of the fun things which await the children at the Powerplay. Birthday packages and an all-you-can-eat buffet are also included. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/shawnee-ks)
Education in Shawnee
About Shawnee Educational System
De Soto USD 232 is a unified school district headquartered in De Soto, Kansas, United States. The district includes the communities of De Soto, 60% of Shawnee, 40% of Lenexa, a portion of Olathe, and nearby rural areas. Most of the district’s students live in Shawnee
The district has two high schools
- De Soto High School
- Mill Valley High School
and three middle schools
- Lexington Trails Middle School
- Monticello Trails Middle School
- Mill Creek Middle School
The district has seven elementary schools
- Belmont Elementary School
- Clear Creek Elementary School
- Horizon Elementary School
- Mize Elementary School
- Prairie Ridge Elementary School
- Riverview Elementary School
- Starside Elementary School
Shawnee Mission School District (Kansas Unified School District 512) is one of the major school districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is in northeast Johnson County, Kansas, and enrolled about 27,000 students in the 2009–2010 school year. As of 2011, the district comprises five high schools, five middle schools, 38 elementary schools, and six instructional centers. Its headquarters are in Overland Park.
History of Shawnee:
Shawnee is rich in history!
The area now comprising Shawnee, Kansas is rich with history and examples of characteristic American Midwestern life. Its heritage reaches back into the prehistoric era of the Osage native people and before. Its immediate origin springs from its location as the political and religious center of the Shawnee Indians.
It enjoyed a location on both the Ft. Leavenworth-Ft. Scott Military Road that tied it into the government-organized transportation routes that connected installations before and after the Civil War. During the 1840s and ‘50s branches of the Oregon, California and even Santa Fe Trails wound through part of its current eastern area. During the Civil War, unrest came to Shawnee in the person of William Quantrill and his Missouri bushwhackers. Some Shawnee men served with Union forces at the Battle of Westport.
From its brief stint as county seat of Johnson County [under the name “Gum Springs”] to its location close to the Campbellton stop on the Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Gulf Railroad, Shawnee evolved into an agricultural service town of importance second only to Olathe in the late 19th century. In fact, by the 1920s, Shawnee’s truck farmers had helped the town gain a reputation as one of the leading fruit and vegetable producers for the entire region. Successful farming helped Shawnee’s farmers weather the Great Depression more successfully than those in many other parts of the country.
Spurred by the Hocker Interurban Line and Kansas State Highway 10 before World War II, Shawnee emerged in the last half of the 20th century as a comfortable multi-faceted growth suburb that has continued to provide good places to live and wonderful organizations to stimulate community life and involvement. In Shawnee, as well as in other parts of Johnson County, Belgian and other foreign-born farmers mixed easily with native-born merchants and agriculturalists to help create a varied ethnic history. A small African American community long enlivened the community with its own church and school as well.
Part of a rural high school district since the early 1920s and featuring both public and private school opportunities over much of its history, education has been a major feature of life in and near Shawnee for well over a century. Churches and social institutions including the Grange, Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges and their auxiliaries joined the citizens together to accomplish goals that individually might prove impossible to achieve. The volunteer fire department began to serve the safety and organizational needs of the community after the mid-1920s.
While Shawnee developed its own suburbs in the form of Monrovia and Zarah at certain points in time, by the 1950s it became clear that its future lay as a suburb in the larger Kansas City metropolitan region. It had never been just a bedroom for any city or region, and the new general suburban status did not thrust that passive role on Shawnee either. It has sought always to provide its citizens with as full a range of activities and opportunities as its tax base and population might allow and encourage. In other words, it has always sought to be a self-contained community while clearly also relating to larger issues in the county, the region and the state as a whole. (source: http://www.shawneetown.org/WEB/ShawneeTown.nsf/vwContent/ShawneeHistory?OpenDocument)
Check out Shawnee Neighborhood
Shawnee is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 65,046 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Shawnee is the seventh largest community in Kansas.
Shawnee real estate is some of the most expensive in Kansas, although Shawnee house values don’t compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Shawnee is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Shawnee is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shawnee who work in office and administrative support (13.03%), sales jobs (12.20%), and management occupations (12.19%).
Also of interest is that Shawnee has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Shawnee is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Shawnee’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Shawnee is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.00% of adults in Shawnee have at least a bachelor’s degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
The per capita income in Shawnee in 2010 was $34,922, which is wealthy relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $139,688 for a family of four. However, Shawnee contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Shawnee is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Shawnee home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shawnee residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Shawnee include Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Shawnee is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.
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