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Overview

Introduction to Merriam, Kansas

Merriam, Kansas, in Johnson county, is located 3 miles NW of Overland Park, Kansas (center to center) and is 8 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri. The city is part of the Kansas City metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Merriam History

Situated in the Kansas City metro area, Merriam is a city in Johnson County. The city was named after Charles Merriam, who was a one - time secretary and treasurer of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf railroad that ran across the area. Merriam was officially incorporated in the year 1950. It was re - incorporated in the year 1957. In its early years the city was sparsely populated. However it gradually became a populated area as industry started building up.

Merriam and nearby Attractions

  • Truman Library and Museum
  • Legler Barn Museum
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Science City at Union Station
  • Country Club Plaza
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Things To Do In Merriam

Tourists can enjoy the amusement of the Kansas City Zoo and the Science City at the Union Station. One can also enjoy plays and concerts at the New Theatre Restaurant, Starlight Theater, and Verizon Amphitheater. Apart from these, the city also organizes the Turkey Creek Festival during the month of May every year.

Merriam Transportation

Air transport can be availed from the Kansas International Airport.

Merriam Higher Education

Baker University, Ottawa University - Kansas City, University of Saint Mary, and University of Kansas are some of the universities and colleges that offers higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,248
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+6,641
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married43.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.1%
Median Earnings25+$39,006
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$29,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,275

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,917
% Above Poverty Level91.7%
% Below Poverty Level8.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone37.4%
Median Gross Rent$845
Median House Value$152,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.5%
German24.3%
Irish13.8%
English11.1%
Italian3.2%
French Except Basque2.8%
Scottish2.3%
Swedish1.9%
Polish1.8%
Dutch1.2%
African1%
Arab0.9%
Russian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Iraqi0.6%
Croatian0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Swiss0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Ukrainian0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Barbadian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Merriam Almanac

CategoryValue
County Johnson County
Standard Zip Codes66203, 66202, 66204
Phone Area Codes913
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.02
Approximate Longitude-94.71

Merriam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN AP
Distance8.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 69 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches
StationINDEPENDENCE
Distance15.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
StationHILLSDALE LAKE
Distance27.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp46 to 69 F
Annual Precip39.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fairway3,964$136,838
Mission9,490$70,222
Overland Park183,775$99,464
Roeland Park6,816$73,053
Shawnee64,444$97,404
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