This Southeast Kansas town boasts small-town charm with amenities that compete with much larger cities. Its location gives you easy access to all of the major metros in Kansas in less than 2 hours. But this active city holds its own with plenty of shopping, culture, entertainment and dining to keep you busy without leaving town. The parks of are the flagship of recreation due to their variety and size—in all, the 18 parks make up a little over 250 acres packed full of amenities for all ages. There is also a free zoo as well as a public golf course just outside of town. The pedestrian-friendly downtown atmosphere encourages you to stroll among bright flower gardens and lovely shops while you enjoy this vibrant, safe district. There is an excellent public school district as well as two parochial school options available and is home to a University and Technical College.