Originally founded in 1880, and called “Cloud City” at that time, the City of Andover wasn’t established until 1957.
However, most people will say Andover became the “booming” metropolis it is today as a result of having to rebuild after a historic F5 tornado slammed into the heart of Andover on April 26, 1991, sweeping away entire neighborhoods, leaving thousands homeless.
That unfortunate incident literally reshaped Andover. The members of the community rallied and came together as the town began rebuilding from the ground up. Literally. Streets, sewers, and water lines were all updated, allowing for and encouraging new development. It was then that Andover began to become more enticing to those who wanted to be away from the hustle and bustle of the “big city” of Wichita and wanted to be a part of a community with that “small town” feel.
This is Andover, Kansas!
Andover is a growing community with a population of just over 13,000 that encompasses a land area of about 11 square miles. Andover brings together the best of big city proximity and small-town safety. Children will enjoy top-notch education as our school district is continually recognized for its excellence in academia, sports, and the arts.
Andover has been ranked “Best City for Young Families”, and “Best City for Home Ownership” in Kansas.
Are you a fitness junkie who loves to get in a good work out? Do you have kids in tow who need to get out and play to get rid of some excess energy? Are you one who likes to take a stroll through the park or fish and watch the sunset? We have just the place for you!
Redbud Trail – Formerly the BNSF railroad line, this 1.75 mile long path stretches from 159th St. to the 13th St. Sports Park and is suitable for running, walking, biking, and more!
Local Parks are located throughout out city.
In Central Park, you can enjoy fishing, a picnic under the gazebo, a walk around the pond, all while the kiddos are at the playground. You can also take your four legged fur baby, Fido out for some exercise at the dog park!
The 13th Street Sports Park has a picnic shelter, charcoal pit, restrooms, and a large area for all types of group games/sports, including courts for tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and baseball diamonds.
In addition to the 13th Street Sports Park and the Andover Central Park, Andover has three mini parks and one neighborhood park
The Andover YMCA is a great place to get a workout in while you are away from home. If you are visiting during the summer months, the kids will love their spectacular outdoor waterpark!
Andover has been one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Kansas for the last 10 years. The population of the city has grown from 6,698 in 2000 to 12,745 today.
The Andover Schools are one of the best districts in the state. All buildings have numerous Standards of Excellence awards, and all schools meet or exceed state minimum standards for student performance.
A new 115,000 square foot full-service YMCA facility is opened in the city. This includes an outdoor aquatic park and childcare facility.
Andover is home to a full-service, state of the art, private general hospital with a full range of services including an emergency room.
Andover residents have an estimated median household income of $77,500 (2012) and a median age of resident of 33.2 years.
The city limits of Andover and Wichita are contiguous. Thus, Andover residents enjoy a small city lifestyle with the amenities of a large city right next door.
Housing stock in Andover ranges from apartments, starter homes in the $110,000 price range, to custom made homes with prices ranging from $5-10 million. Currently housing starts in Andover are mostly for homes in the $175,000 to $450,000 price range.