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Shawnee, KS

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Shawnee, Kansas is a medium-sized city that is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As a nearby suburb, it is a popular place for people who work in downtown Kansas City. Shawnee residents enjoy all that the metro area has to offer, but then come home to a quieter setting. Packed with green spaces, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Most natives will agree the people here are friendly and welcoming.

Getting Around in Shawnee, KS

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The average commuter time in Shawnee is:
20 to 24 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 9.84%
  • 14.31%
  • 2.65%


With over 560 acres of parks in town, residents in Shawnee are only a short drive or bike ride from some of the city’s green, open spaces. Mill Creek Streamway Park encompasses 17 miles of trails for running or biking, and even for horseback riding. Sailboard or fish at Shawnee Mission Park. Celebrate the city's early pioneers at Pioneer Crossing Park. Learn more about the settlers and wagon trains that passed through the area via the Santa Fe Trail. Most of the parks offer shelters and picnic areas for resident to reserve to host their own events.

History and More

Learn more about the city and the area at the Johnson County Museum, which is conveniently located right in town. The museum hosts both rotating and ongoing exhibits. From the Kidscape area to the one-room schoolhouse, there is something here that everyone will enjoy. Residents enjoy the special events held at the museum during the holiday season, such as the 50s house decorated in the style of the era. Admission to many exhibits is free, making for a budget-friendly activity.