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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 131,508
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 8.7%
Employed Population 16+ 68,769
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 58.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.8%
Median Earnings25+ $42,352
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,508
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,966

Wealth

Median Family Income $91,935
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.5%
Median Gross Rent $903
Median House Value $196,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.6%
Irish 12.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station KANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN AP
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
Station LAWRENCE
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
De Soto 5,941 $64,107
Gardner 20,466 $73,162
Lake Quivira 911 $151,250
Lenexa 50,412 $93,913
Overland Park 181,464 $94,084

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Olathe Public Libraries

Library
Olathe Public Library
201 E PARK STREET
Olathe, Kansas
(913) 971-6850
Library Web Site

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Olathe Hospitals

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

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Olathe High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

OLATHE SOUTH SR HIGH
1640 E 151ST ST
913-780-7160
Serves 1,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

OLATHE EAST SR HIGH
14545 W 127TH
913-780-7120
Serves 1,464 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

OLATHE NORTH SR HIGH
600 E PRAIRIE
913-780-7140
Serves 1,128 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

OLATHE NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
21300 COLLEGE BLVD
913-780-7150
Serves 839 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

SCHOOL FOR DEAF HIGH
450 EAST PARK STREET
913-791-0573
A Special Education School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

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