Industry & Workforce
Overland Park is a place with a diverse industry base that continues to grow. With a robust service sector, Overland Park is a place where people and firms do business with each other. Technology and health care continue to be growing industries as the world we live in continues to change. Businesses are attracted to Overland Park because of our educated workforce, business-friendly environment and quality of life.
Overland Park's five leading industries are health care, retail trade, professional & technical services, financial & insurance, and information. Click on the chart below to read more about any of these industries.
Employment Percentage: 12.78% (JoCo)
Location Quotient: 0.84 (JoCo)
Hospitals: Children’s Mercy South, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, St. Luke’s South Hospital
Top Employers: OptumRx, Quintiles, Physicians Reference Lab, Apria Healthcare, ProPharma Group
Health is an important quality of life measure, and Overland Park is home to numerous health care providers and companies. Overland Park gives residents access to a full range of health services within a short distance of their homes. In addition to its first-rate medical centers, Overland Park has various other health care companies in the pharmaceutical, clinical testing, home health and medical device sectors.
Employment Percentage: 12.64% (JoCo)
Location Quotient: 0.93 (JoCo)
Annual Retail Sales: $4,191,610,000 (2011, Overland Park)
Retail Parks: Cherokee South, Corbin Park, Deer Creek Woods, Downtown Overland Park, Hawthorne Plaza, Mission Farms, Oak Park Mall, Rosanna Square
Top Employers: JCPenney, Wal-Mart, Target, Hy-Vee, Whole Foods
Overland Park’s plentiful retail parks, shops, and restaurants cater to all types of consumers. With more than 16 million square feet of retail space, retail trade is the city’s second-largest business sector. Retail sales tax provides more than half of the revenue for the city budget.
Employment Percentage: 10.83% (JoCo)
Location Quotient: 1.54 (JoCo)
Top Employers: Black & Veatch, SPX Cooling Technologies, Accenture, UnitedLex, Object Technology Solutions
Professional and technical services always have been vital components of the Johnson County and Overland Park economies. This local industry segment includes a wide variety of professionals, such as accountants, lawyers, computer services professionals, architects and engineers whose companies have a regional, national and international market reach.
Employment Percentage: 10.35% (JoCo)
Location Quotient: 1.65 (JoCo)
Top Employers: Waddell & Reed, J.P. Morgan, Zurich, KeyBank, Midland Loan Services
With plenty of prime office space and a city with above-average wages, Overland Park’s hospitable business environment appeals to companies in the finance and insurance industry. Numerous national and international financial service and insurance firms choose Overland Park and serve our residents.
Employment Percentage: 5.38% (JoCo)
Location Quotient: 2.11 (JoCo)
Top Employers: Sprint, CenturyLink, AT&T, Alexander Open Systems, FishNet Security
The information industry remains one of the strongest and fastest-growing segments in Overland Park. The industry is dominated by the presence of Sprint’s World Headquarters. Data centers also are heavily concentrated in Overland Park due to our significant telecommunications infrastructure.
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