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1) Shawnee was ranked #17 on Money Magazine's 2010 list of "Best Places to Live" in America. As America's best small cities, Shawnee was recognized for its affordable housing, air quality index and median commute time.
2) Shawnee was selected as one of the “Best Affordable Suburbs in the United States” by BusinessWeek for the second time - 2009 and 2006.
3) Money Magazine ranked Shawnee #39 on its 2008 list of “Top 100 Places to Live.”

Shawnee is the only City in the Kansas City area to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists. Shawnee has 18 miles of on-street bike lanes, 40.8 miles of share-the-road lanes, and 27.6 miles of off-street recreational trails.

5) Shawnee was a top 20 finalist for the All-America City designation by the National Civic League.
6) In 2009, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Shawnee the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget. This is a significant achievement as it reflects the highest principles of government budgeting.

Shawnee Mission and DeSoto School Districts, the two public districts that serve students in Shawnee, once again received the “Gold Medal” designation, the highest award in the 2008 Education Quotient ratings by Expansion Management Magazine.

8) Shawnee Mission Park, located in Shawnee, is the largest park in the area with 1,250 acres of land. It is the most visited park in the State of Kansas.
9) Shawnee Chamber of Commerce recently received their 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chambers of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program is the only national program that recognizes chambers for effective organizational procedures and outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. This makes the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce one of the top 1% of the over 6,400 Chambers of Commerce across the nation hold this honor.