Introduction to Paola, Kansas

Paola, Kansas, in Miami county, is located 21 miles S of Olathe, Kansas (center to center) and is 39 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri. The city is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and has a population of 5,011.

Paola History

The city of Paola is the county seat of Miami County. Indians were the first inhabitants of Paola, who established communities throughout the area. It was in the year 1827, the displaced Indian tribes settled in the Paola area and named the place as Peoria Village. The Indians were followed by the Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in 1541. French Jesuit missionary explorers, Marquette and Joliet visited the area in 1673.

Paola and nearby Attractions

  • Hillsdale State Park
  • Blue and Grey Park Reserve
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum
  • Swope Memorial Golf Course
  • Swan River Museum

Things To Do In Paola

Tourists can visit the Clinton State Park that offers several recreational facilities including boating, fishing, swimming, and camping. One can also visit the Kansas City Zoo. Tourists can take a look around the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum and explore the city's history. The rolling green grass of Swope Memorial Golf Course is a natural carpet and is an ideal destination for the golfers.

Paola Transportation

Flights can be availed from Kansas City International Airport.

Paola Higher Education

The Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Missouri, Park University, Penn Valley Community College, and University of Kansas provide scopes for higher education.


Total Population 5,570
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,491
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $64,410
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $675
Median House Value $115,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 17.1%

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

Paola Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles S of Olathe, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri
County Miami
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 66071
Phone Area Codes 913
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.572
Longitude -94.878

Paola Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PAOLA
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Station OLATHE 3 E
Distance 22.4 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 29.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 41.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fontana 145 $63,250
Lane 218 $31,250
Louisburg 4,294 $71,563
Osawatomie 4,373 $52,355
Rantoul 121 $61,563

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

Paola Public Libraries

Paola Free Library
Paola, Kansas
(913) 294-3866
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Paola Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(913) 791-4200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Paola High Schools

Serves 714 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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