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Johnson County is one of the “best counties to live in” in the United States

One thing to know today

Readers of the post may have already suspected it, but new national rankings say Johnson County is one of the best places to live in America.

Data analytics website Niche has released its latest list of the “best counties to live in” in every U.S. state

Johnson County earned first place in Kansas and also reached number three overall in the country, behind Los Alamos County, NM, and Oconee County, Ga.

The rankings compiled publicly available data, including from sources like the latest US Census and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, along with millions of reviews from niche users and ranked counties in a number of categories.

Johnson County received an A+ in the categories of “Public Schools”, “Lodging” and “Good for Families”. The lowest category grade was a B for “Diversity”.

Incidentally, Niche rated St. Louis County as the best county to live in Missouri, which ranked 25th overall.

Thursday public meetings

  • Board of County Commissioners, 9:30 [View agenda]

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    • Olathe Superintendent of Schools Brent Yeager he told state lawmakers that one of the main reasons for the quits among teachers was the negative representation of educators as unprofessional and unworthy of respect. [Kansas Reflector]
    • Hundreds of thousands of red-clad Chiefs fans stormed downtown Kansas City Wednesday for the city’s second annual Super Bowl victory parade in the past four years. [KCUR]
    • This was announced by the US Department of Justice Justin PackhamThe 34-year-old from Shawnee was sentenced to eight years in prison after admitting to possession of child pornography. [KCTV]

    Notable tweets

    The Snowflake Lights have officially been taken down along Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee.

    If Shawnee Mission Parkway snowflake season is over, does that mean winter is over too? #asking for a friend #ExploreEngageConnect pic.twitter.com/uijVYaW5Yz

    — City of Shawnee, KS (@CityofShawneeKS) February 15, 2023

    Johnson County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson took advantage of a free shuttle to the Super Bowl parade provided by Johnson County Transit.

    It’s parade day, and Johnson County manager Penny Postoak Ferguson joins in #Chiefs fans from all over the Metro traveling to celebrate @Capi ‘ Big win.

    Enjoy your day #ChiefsKingdom and stay safe!

    Who else will go to the parade? pic.twitter.com/VBOBNpm3Pl

    — Johnson County, Kan. (@jocogov) February 15, 2023

    A thousand words

    Chiefs fans got up close with Travis Kelce during the team’s Super Bowl victory parade in downtown Kansas City yesterday. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.

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