Fairway, KS

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Nestled in the heart of Johnson County, Fairway, Kansas is beloved by its residents for its lush trees and vibrant community. Branded as a city in 1945, Fairway has long been a valued destination for families, businesses and tourists alike. Situated amongst its once Shawnee Indian mission grounds, Fairway’s charm is undeniable.


Fairway, Kansas was founded in 1949 by J.C. Nichols, renowned real estate developer from Kansas. Inspired by tree-lined fairways of the Country Club Plaza golf course nearby, Nichols chose the ‘Fairway’ name.

Originally part of Shawnee Indian Mission Township established in the 1800s, Fairway had a complex relationship between mission & tribe – forced removals & land seizures took place. Now an important site of cultural and historical significance in Johnson County, Shawnee Indian Mission’s impact is still evident today.

Trees have been integral to Fairway’s urban landscape since the early days due to J.C. Nichols’ vision incorporating them into his planning. Even now, visitors can enjoy these majestic sights & consider how they’ve been part of the city’s past and present story.


Fairway, Kansas is a city in Johnson County. With a population of 4,257 in 2023, it is one of the largest cities in Kansas. It has experienced growth of 0.69% annually since 2020. The median age in Fairway is 39.3 years old and the median household income is $186,414. It’s one of the most affluent cities in the Kansas City suburbs and the poverty rate in the city is 4.02%.

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fairway was:

Two or more races1.61%
Black or African American0.65%
Other race0.45%
Native American0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander0%


Fairway is a part of the Shawnee Mission School District, one of the largest in the state. With 18 elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools serving over 28,000 students, it provides quality education for its population. It also offers special education services and programs for those that need additional assistance.

There are also several private schools in the area such as the Shawnee Indian Mission School which offer both elementary and high school programs. Major universities including the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Avila University are also near the city.

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There are a lot of healthcare facilities and services available in Fairway, Kansas and its nearby areas. One of the leading healthcare providers in the city is AdventHealth Shawnee Mission (formerly known as Shanwee Mission Health). 

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission offers comprehensive care from specialized physicians, nurses & staff – providing emergency care, cancer therapy, heart & vascular care, orthopedics, and neurology. There are other great clinics & private practices in Fairway, these include the following:

  • The University of Kansas Health System is a medical group practice located in Fairway, KS that specializes in Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. They have a location on Shawnee Mission Parkway. Patients can make appointments by calling their phone number.
  • The University of Kansas Clinical Research Center, located at 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS, is a state-of-the-art facility designed to facilitate promising new drugs from the lab to the clinic. They offer new options to community physicians and their patients who may have exhausted treatment options elsewhere.
  • Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice, located at 3421 Forest Avenue Great Bend, KS, is a healthcare facility that provides hospice and home health services. 
  • The Great Bend Campus Emergency Department, located at 514 Cleveland Street, Great Bend, KS, is a hospital emergency department that provides emergency medical services.


With an average commute time of 18.3 minutes, Fairway has shorter commutes than most of the US. 0.268% of its workforce also have “super commutes” over 90 minutes.

The city is connected to greater Kansas City by highways and interstates, just 25 miles away from the Kansas City International Airport. 

Public transport options include buses and light rail offered by the Johnson County Transit System as well as car-sharing services like Zipcar and Car2Go. Fairview is a bike-friendly city.  It has dedicated bike lanes and trails, allowing cyclists to explore the city safely.

In addition, taxis are available for those wanting to explore Shawnee Indian Mission or Shawnee Mission Parkway within Johnson County.

Points of Interests

Fairway, Kansas is full of iconic attractions. Shawnee Indian Mission, a historic landmark, built in 1839 is now a museum exhibiting art and artifacts. Several golf courses are also nearby such as Mission Hills Country club, one of the top choices for golfers, offers 3 unique 18-hole golf courses, designed by renowned architects in the area.

Johnson County Library provides extensive resources, from computer labs to genealogy sections. For outdoor recreation, the city boasts tennis courts, swimming pools, playgrounds and Shawnee Mission Park which offers fishing, camping and hiking. 

For nightlife, bars and restaurants line Fairway’s streets. Boutiques offer unique items, perfect for gift-shopping or simply exploring the Kansas City area. Residents can cool off with friends and family in Fairway Pool during hot summer days.