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 5,589
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 2,441
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 57.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,912
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,295


Median Family Income $66,250
% Above Poverty Level 85%
% Below Poverty Level 15%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $718
Median House Value $119,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 21.9%

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 151 $64,375
Lane 237 $31,250
Louisburg 4,313 $75,357
Osawatomie 4,403 $48,935
Rantoul 125 $61,875

Paola Public Libraries

Paola Free Library
Paola, Kansas
(913) 294-3866
Library Web Site

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Paola Hospitals

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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