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Job Openings Triple in Leawood, Kansas

Updated on August 16, 2015
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Kansas City, Kansas

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Migration to Leawood; Job Listings Triple 2010 - 2014

Inside the I-435 Outerbelt around Kansas City KS lies the southern suburb of Leawood, just a few blocks west of the Missouri-Kansas state line and two miles east of Overland Park. To the near north in Johnson County lies Shawnee, Kansas, voted one of the Best Places to Live in America in 2008 by Money Magazine.

In April 2010, 21,000 jobs were listed for Leawood KS, the fastest growing city in the state, declared by Bloomberg Business week early.

By November 2014, however, the city had over 61,000 jobs advertised. Listings continued to increase though 2015. The most open jobs are clustered in Leawood, Overland Park, Kansas City on both sides of the state line, and other nearby cities and suburbs,

The suburb's population was 27,656 in 2000 and 31,000+ (an over 12% increase) in 2009. Local population estimates are 40,000 residents by 2020, with new jobs needed to support them. Jobs are incresing in the job postings across the Internet.

Leawood is also a Green City, with a citizens coalition to increase conservation and sustainability. It's motto is Growing Green Together.

Map Location, Leawood

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Tract Housing After WWII Brings in People

Leawood was founded namelessly when a Mr. Oscar Lee retired from an Oklahoma police force and moved to Kansas in 1922. It was a quiet, pleasant village until after World War II. At that point, housing developments of small bungalows of 600 - 800 square feet went up all over the nation. In 1948, the Kroh Brothers constructed one such housing development in Leawood to attract returning soldiers and their families as well as other new residents. Thus, population growth was foot.

The Kroh Brothers built the new Leawood's initial 500 new homes, provided the town's first planning tools, created a fire and police force, initiated street repair, and upgraded the whole town. Leawood was actually first housing-subdivision development incorporated as an official city in Johnson County, Kansas. It's been growing ever since, with a boom of sorts in the 2000s.

Top High Demand Jobs

61% of residents work in Mgmt & Professional; 27% in Office/Sales and Service, 6% in other Services. High Demand Jobs include:

  1. Occupational Therapists
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Physical Therapy Assistants
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Sonic Drive Ins – Crew and Management positions
  6. Sales Representatives
  7. Taco Bell Assistant Managers
  8. Taco Bell Shift Leaders
  9. Store Managers – small stores, coffee shops, convenience outlets
  10. Account Executives
  11. Specialty Software Sales Representatives
  12. Administrative Assistants
  13. Salespeople
  14. Project Managers
  15. Software Developers


Top 10 Hiring Companies

  1. IBM
  2. HCA Healthcare
  3. Providence Medical Center
  4. Taco Bell
  5. Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics - Kansas City, Missouri
  6. University of Kansas Hospital
  7. Truman Medical Centers - Kansas City, Missouri
  8. Deloitte
  9. St. Lukes Hospital
  10. US Air Force and the National Guard
  11. Carondelet Health - Kansas City, Missouri
  12. Garmin
  13. Critical Connection
  14. Aerotek
  15. Medical Connections
  16. Pizza Hut
  17. Brookdale Senior Living
  18. Adventist Health System
  19. Burns & McDonnell
  20. HCR Manorcare

Major Companies In the Leawood Market

The largest employers of worlers in Leawood are located nearby in the cities of Kansas City, Lawrence, Lenexa, Overland Park, and Shawnee Mission. IN addition, these are among the largest 100 employers in Kansas:

  1. Sprint Nextel Corp
  2. University Of Kansas Medical Center
  3. Examone World Wide
  4. General Motors Fairfax Assembly
  5. Shawnee Mission Medical Center
  6. Unified Government Of Wyandotte County
  7. University Of Kansas
  8. Black & Veatch Corp
  9. Exam One
  10. Loan Processing
  11. Quest Diagnostics
  12. UPS
  13. Associated Wholesale Grocers
  14. Deffenbaugh Industries Inc.
  15. Deffenbaugh Field Services
  16. Lawrence Finance
  17. Nebraska Furniture Mart Inc.
  18. YRC Worldwide Inc.
  19. Lawrence Emergency Medical Association - Lawrence KS

I-70 from Quality Hill toward Kansas City, Kansas as the highway crosses from Missouri into Kansas.


Leawood Area Higher Education

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Nobody - remember this - nobody knows all the facts on which a president makes his decisions.

-- Harry S. Truman, President of the United States (1884 - 1972)

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site - National Park Service

Harry S. Truman History in Leewood

National Park Service - Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Truman wished to be remembered as "The People's President" and named his programs the Fair Deal. Above all in the Presidency, he felt that if a President turned away from the people, it was the worst of times.

The National Park Service maintains one of President's Truman's homes., complete with the grapes growing in back. Online at the link, one may find collections of memorabilia, photographs, quotations, speeches, copies of personal correspondence and several other groups of historical and human interest.

Leawood Attractions and Activities

© 2010 Patty Inglish


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      Sam Jobs 7 years ago

      It will be a great opportunity for seekers. thanks for providing such information.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      I had no idea there were so many job opportunities available in the center of our country. Thorough research and a public service, Patty.

      In south Florida our livelihood mainly depends on the kindness of tourists.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such a great information of 22,000 job available. I am sure it will be a great help for unemployment.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      It is a curious job market in Northeast Kansas. I live in Lawrence (about 45 minutes away), and the University supplies a great deal of the jobs for Lawrence. Lots of nursing and IT jobs in both Lawrence and Leawood, but frequently the available positions don't match the skills sets of the un- or under-employed.

      You have offered an interesting look at the origins of Leawood, some of which I was not aware of.