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Overview of Merriam

Located in the southwestern suburbs of Kansas City, Merriam embodies the essence of a Midwestern small town. The city maintains a relaxed atmosphere and Midwestern charm with big city amenities and excitement just up the road. Merriam has approximately 11,000 residents who form a close-knit community with beautiful surroundings. Look for Merriam apartments for rent and experience life in the heart of America.

Living in Merriam, KS

The Shawnee Indians first moved into the Merriam area from Ohio and Missouri in the late 1820s. The Quakers followed soon after and built a mission in 1836. David Gee Campbell built the first community here near Turkey Creek and named his settlement Campbellton. Railroad development brought new residents to the area as Merriam was on the route between Kansas City and Olathe. In 1870, the town’s name was changed to honor Charles Merriam, the treasurer of the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Gulf railroads. Kansas City was a hub for trade, communication, and transportation, and developers believed that Merriam’s country atmosphere was the perfect place for an amusement park. Merriam Park was extremely successful, bringing in more than 20,000 visitors a day. Merriam was officially incorporated as a city in 1950, and today is one of the most vibrant communities in the Kansas City suburbs. The city continues to develop as its own entity in the region, drawing open-minded residents to enjoy a peaceful lifestyle in Merriam apartments.

Merriam Attractions and Special Events

Merriam hosts an annual Turkey Creek Festival and 5K Fun Run to celebrate the local community. Events include a pancake breakfast, summertime arts and crafts, a petting zoo, pedal boat rides, roving clowns, and much more. The city is also home to many events in the holiday season including Breakfast with Santa, the Candy Cane Hunt and Mayor’s Tree Lighting, Halloween Happenings, and Mom & Son Shenanigans, among others.

To find a Merriam apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

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Overland Park, KS 66213

From $925

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Overland Park, KS (Bradford Pointe Apartments, Shawnee Mission)

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From $925

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Overland Park, KS 66223

$878 - $3943

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Overland Park, KS (Shawnee Mission)


$878 - $3943

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Shawnee, KS 66203

From $825

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Shawnee, KS (Pinegate West, Shawnee Mission)

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From $825

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Overland Park, KS 66214

$545 - $695

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Overland Park, KS (Shawnee Mission)

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$545 - $695

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Prairie Village, KS 66204

$655 - $865

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Prairie Village, KS (Shawnee Mission)

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$655 - $865

1-2 Beds1 Bath
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Overland Park, KS 66212

$990 - $1275

2-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Overland Park, KS (Concorde Bridge, Shawnee Mission)

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$990 - $1275

2-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Kansas City, KS 66103

From $520

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Kansas City, KS (Rosedale)


From $520

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Overland Park, KS 66212

$614 - $1030

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Overland Park, KS (Shawnee Mission)

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$614 - $1030

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Overland Park, KS 66212

$675 - $1215

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Overland Park, KS (Elmhurst, Shawnee Mission)

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$675 - $1215

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Shawnee, KS 66217

$650 - $984

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Shawnee, KS (Shawnee Mission)


$650 - $984

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Lenexa, KS 66215

$713 - $1380

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Lenexa, KS (Rosehill Pointe, Shawnee Mission)

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$713 - $1380

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Overland Park, KS 66212

$640 - $955

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Overland Park, KS (Shawnee Mission, Sylvan Grove)

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$640 - $955

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Kansas City, KS 66103

$510 - $775

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Kansas City, KS (Rosedale)

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$510 - $775

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Kansas City, MO 64111

$1050 - $1615

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Kansas City, MO (Midtown, Volker)


$1050 - $1615

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Kansas City, KS 66103

$695 - $915

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Lenexa, KS 66219

$740 - $1480

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Lenexa, KS (Point West Apartments, Shawnee Mission)

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$740 - $1480

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Overland Park, KS 66207

From $663

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Overland Park, KS (Shawnee Mission)


From $663

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Kansas City, MO 64111

$1320 - $2995

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Kansas City, MO (Midtown, Plaza Westport)


$1320 - $2995

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Overland Park, KS 66212

$730 - $1070

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Overland Park, KS (Shawnee Mission, Trail West Estates)

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$730 - $1070

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Kansas City, MO 64111

From $1268

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Kansas City, MO (Midtown, Old Westport)

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From $1268

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