Introduction to Ottawa, Kansas

Ottawa, Kansas, in Franklin county, is located 24 miles S of Lawrence, Kansas (center to center) and is 50 miles SW of City, Missouri. The city has a population of 11,921.

Ottawa History

The city of Ottawa is the county seat of Franklin County, and is located in the Kansas City metro area. The community was named after the Indian tribe which lived in the area from 1837 to 1867 and donated the land for Ottawa University. The city is one of the most populous cities of Franklin County.

Ottawa and nearby Attractions

  • Pomona State Park
  • Old Castle Museum
  • Lanesfield School
  • Ottawa Country Club
  • The River front Park

Things To Do In Ottawa

There are several museums and amusement parks in Ottawa. One can also take a stroll along the Clinton State Park that borders the Clinton Lake. The Old Depot Museum, located in the city. also attracts a number of visitors. Millington Wildlife Management Area and Pomona State Park are also worth visiting. Annula festivals like the Franklin County Fair and Old West Cowboy Days are hosted by the city.

Ottawa Transportation

The Kansas City International Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Ottawa Higher Education

One can avail higher education from Penn Valley Community College, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and Kansas City Kansas Community College.


Total Population 12,548
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,253
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,081
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,903
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,567


Median Family Income $52,421
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $737
Median House Value $93,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 14.9%

Ottawa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Lawrence, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri
County Franklin
Standard Zip Codes 66067
Phone Area Codes 785
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.615
Longitude -95.267

Ottawa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station OTTAWA
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 71 F
Annual Precip 39.2 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 37 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches
Distance 20.2 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, Ottawa, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Centropolis (66067)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baldwin City 4,552 $76,029
Pomona 761 $54,167
Princeton 289 $49,063
Quenemo 488 $35,469
Rantoul 125 $61,875

Ottawa Public Libraries

Ottawa Library
Ottawa, Kansas
(785) 242-3080
Library Web Site

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Ottawa Hospitals

(Government - Local)
1301 S MAIN ST
(785) 229-8200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ottawa High Schools

Serves 840 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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