The City of Andover was established in 1957, after being founded in 1880 and originally called "Cloud City."After a historic F5 tornado swept away entire neighborhoods and left thousands without their homes on April 26th, 1991, members of the community came together to rebuild their town from the ground up. Streets, sewers, and water lines were all updated, laying the groundwork for new development. Andover began to draw in those who wanted to be a part of a community with a small-town feel while not being too far from the hustle and bustle of the "big city."
The resiliency of the Andover community was put to the test again when a second tornado ripped through the town on April 29th, 2022, causing damage to many neighborhoods, businesses, and Andover Central Park. Neighbors, surrounding communities, local businesses and nonprofits, and government agencies came together to help the City with clean up efforts and provide countless donations to help the community get back on its feet.
Andover is a growing community with a population of just under 15,000 that encompasses a land area of about 11 square miles. Andover brings together the best of both worlds, combining a small-town community with proximity to big-city amenities. Children and families will enjoy top-notch education as our school district is continually recognized for its excellence in academics, sports, and the arts.
Andover has been ranked the "Best City for Young Families" and "Best City for Home Ownership" in Kansas.