About Merriam

Flags over Johnson Drive Bridge

Merriam is located along I-35 in Northeast Johnson County, Kansas. Just eight miles south of downtown Kansas City, Merriam is a welcoming, peaceful, tight-knit community that is small in size, but big at heart. 

Our residents enjoy a wide variety of amenities and services including beautiful tree-lined streets, walking trails, plentiful parks, public art and abundant events. With affordable housing in safe neighborhoods, an award-winning school district, and our convenient location, Merriam is the ideal community to call home.

Wherever you’re from, whatever you do, Merriam is just right … for all the best reasons.

Just right for your family.
Just right for making friends.
Just right for starting your life together.
Just right for building a business.
Just right for your first home.
Just right for your forever home.

Quick Facts 

Mission Statement: To serve the public with transparent government focused on progress.

Population: 11,300

Area: 4.32 square miles

Households: 
5,119

Median age: 
36.6

Per capita income:
 $30,059

Average household income: $66,681

Average home value: 
$145,972

City Hall phone number: 
913-322-5500

Non-emergency Police Department phone number: 913-322-5560

Mayor: 
Ken Sissom

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Awards

2019

Award of Excellence (Highlights & Recreation)
— City-County Communications and Marketing Association

First Place: In-House Visitors Guide
— Tourism Industry Association of Kansas

Analytical Product Contest - Interactive / Dashboard Category: 3rd place
— International Association of Crime Analysts

Engineering Excellence Award (Johnson Drive Improvements)
— American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC Kansas)

Inspire - Create - Innovate Community Award: Economic Development
— The League of Kansas Municipalities

Merriam Farmers' Market: Neighborhood Favorite
— Nextdoor


2018

When Work Works Award
— Society for Human Resource Management

Five Gold PRISM Awards (Communication Projects)
— Public Relations Society of America, Kansas City

Silver Circle Award (Graphic Design) 
— City-County Communications and Marketing Association

Award of Excellence (Integrated Campaign, Highlights & Recreation)
— City-County Communications and Marketing Association

Merriam Farmers' Market: Neighborhood Favorite
— Nextdoor

Most Tourist Friendly Cities in the U.S. 
— Expedia

First Place: In-House Visitors Guide
— Tourism Industry Association of Kansas

Honorable Mention: Integrated Campaign
— Tourism Industry Association of Kansas

Engineering Excellence Award for Innovation and Outstanding Engineering 
— American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC Kansas)

Top 20 Best Places to Live in Kansas
— Niche

Gold AMPS Award (Integrated Social Media with an Offline Campaign)
— Social Media Club of Kansas City

Distinguished Public Service Organization Award (Downtown Merriam Partnership)
— Kansas Recreation and Park Association

#1 Tax-Friendly Retirement Spot in Kansas 
— SmartAsset

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award 
— Government Finance Officers Association

2017

Top Tourist-Friendly Cities 
— Expedia

Award of Excellence Innovative Project (Brown Park improvements)
— Kansas Recreation and Parks Association

#1 Tax-Friendly Retirement Spot in Kansas 
— SmartAsset

Merriam Farmers' Market: Neighborhood Favorite
— Nextdoor

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award 
— Government Finance Officers Association

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 
— Government Finance Officers Association

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting 
— Government Finance Officers Association

Best Cities to Start a Small Business 
— LendEDU

Most people in a #CityHallSelfie 
— Engaging Local Government Leaders

2016

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award 
— Government Finance Officers Association

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 
— Government Finance Officers Association

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting 
— Government Finance Officers Association

Visitors Guide, 2nd Place  
— Travel Industry Association of Kansas

Community Awareness Campaign, 2nd Place  (Merriam Historic Plaza, 10-year celebration)
— Travel Industry Association of Kansas

 

History of Merriam

The history of Merriam dates back to between 1826 and 1833 when the Shawnee Indians were moved here from their settlements in the more desirable regions of Ohio and Missouri. They established themselves along the banks of the Kansas River and surrounding tributaries, including Turkey Creek in Merriam. Read about Merriam's full, detailed history at the link below.

History of Merriam