Introduction to Merriam, Kansas

Merriam, Kansas, in Johnson county, is located 3 miles NW of Overland Park, Kansas (center to center) and is 8 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri. The city is part of the Kansas City metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 11,008 people reside in Merriam.

Merriam History

Situated in the Kansas City metro area, Merriam is a city in Johnson County. The city was named after Charles Merriam, who was a one - time secretary and treasurer of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf railroad that ran across the area. Merriam was officially incorporated in the year 1950. It was re - incorporated in the year 1957. In its early years the city was sparsely populated. However it gradually became a populated area as industry started building up.

Merriam and nearby Attractions

  • Truman Library and Museum
  • Legler Barn Museum
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Science City at Union Station
  • Country Club Plaza
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Things To Do In Merriam

Tourists can enjoy the amusement of the Kansas City Zoo and the Science City at the Union Station. One can also enjoy plays and concerts at the New Theatre Restaurant, Starlight Theater, and Verizon Amphitheater. Apart from these, the city also organizes the Turkey Creek Festival during the month of May every year.

Merriam Transportation

Air transport can be availed from the Kansas International Airport.

Merriam Higher Education

Baker University, Ottawa University - Kansas City, University of Saint Mary, and University of Kansas are some of the universities and colleges that offers higher educational facilities.


Total Population 11,191
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,555
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.4%
Median Earnings25+ $38,407
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,079
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,292


Median Family Income $71,607
% Above Poverty Level 90%
% Below Poverty Level 10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $837
Median House Value $153,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.3%
US/American 0%
English 12%
Irish 14%

Merriam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NW of Overland Park, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri
County Johnson
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 66202, 66203, 66204
Phone Area Codes 913
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.023
Longitude -94.693

Merriam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 69 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Distance 27.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 69 F
Annual Precip 39.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Merriam, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Op (66203)

Overland (66202, 66203, 66204)

Shawnee Mission (66202, 66203, 66204)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fairway 3,946 $135,938
Mission 9,451 $69,940
Overland Park 178,945 $93,677
Roeland Park 6,799 $86,438
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