Olathe, Kansas

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Olathe, Kansas

Introduction to Olathe, Kansas

Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson county, is located 19 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri. The city is considered part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, and has a population of 92,962.

Olathe History

The city of Olathe, also known as the cow boy capital, is the county seat of Johnson County, located in the Kansas City metro area. The name of the community means beautiful or fine. The city was founded by Dr. John T. Barton in the spring of the year 1857 who thought that the city was very beautiful. The city became the county seat in the year 1859. Olathe served as a stoppage at the Oregon Trail, the California Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. The city’s main source of income was hospitality business.

Olathe and nearby Attractions

  • Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site
  • Clinton State Park
  • Kansas City Museum
  • Wyandotte County Park
  • Blue and Grey Park Reserve
  • Meadowbrook Country Club

Things To Do In Olathe

Tourists can take a look at the stone barn of 1864, restored in the Adam Legler Barn Museum. One can also take a stroll around the Heart of America Golf Course. The golf course is laid across one of the largest urban parks in the country, the Swope Park. Tourists can visit the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, to learn more about the history of Kansas City.

Olathe Transportation

Kansas City International Airport is the nearest airport.

Olathe Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued through University of Kansas, Penn Valley Community College, and University of Saint Mary.

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High Points

Olathe strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Kansas):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Olathe Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Olathe Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Olathe College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 6% Olathe Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 6% Olathe People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 9% Olathe Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 10% Olathe Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Olathe, Kansas

Comparing Olathe to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Kansas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 10
Well-Paid Single Women 6 10
Racial Diversity 4 10
Age of the Population 2 1
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 8
Short Commute Times 7 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 7
Public Transportation Use 1 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 6 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 8
People Living Alone 2 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Olathe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri
County Johnson
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 66061, 66062
P.O. Box Zip Codes 66051, 66063
Phone Area Codes 913
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.881
Longitude -94.818

Olathe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station OLATHE 3 E
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 40.1 inches
Distance 20.1 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 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 46 to 68 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
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Olathe Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 92,962 100%
Male 46,348 49.9%
Female 46,614 50.1%
Under 18 28,677 30.8%
18+ 64,285 69.2%
65+ 4,818 5.2%
Median Age 30.8
Average Family Size 3.24
White 82,393 88.6%
African-American 3,440 3.7%
Asian 2,549 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 402 0.4%
Other 2,457 2.6%
Mixed Race 1,677 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,060 5.4%

Estimated Olathe Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 111,334
Growth 18,372
Growth % 19.8%

Olathe Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 26.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.5%
Irish 11%
English 10.7%
US/American 9.6%
Italian 3.4%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Swedish 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Scottish 1.8%
European 1.8%
Norwegian 1.6%
Polish 1.3%
Dutch 1.2%
Danish 0.9%
Welsh 0.8%
Czech 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
African 0.4%
British 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Olathe 92,962 $68,498
De Soto 4,561 $52,219
Gardner 9,396 $54,554
Lake Quivira 932 $119,186
Lenexa 40,238 $76,321
Overland Park 149,080 $77,176
Spring Hill 2,727 $54,375

Olathe Public Libraries

Olathe Public Library
Olathe, Kansas
(913) 971-6850
Library Web Site

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Olathe Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
20375 W 151ST ST #303
(913) 791-4200
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Olathe

(As of 2005)
Blackbob Marketplace
15225 West 135th Street
Super Target Olathe ST-1756
15345 West 119th Street

Wal-mart in Olathe

(As of 2006)
13600 S. Alden St.
(913) 829-4404
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Olathe High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

1640 E 151ST ST
Serves 1,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

14545 W 127TH
Serves 1,464 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

Serves 1,128 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

Serves 839 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

A Special Education School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

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