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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.

People

Total Population 11,232
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 6,521
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 44.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.3%
Median Earnings25+ $39,107
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,547
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,262

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,328
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.9%
Median Gross Rent $833
Median House Value $152,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.5%
US/American 0%
English 11.8%
Irish 15.7%

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

Merriam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NW of Overland Park, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri
County Johnson
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 66202, 66203, 66204
Phone Area Codes 913
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.023
Longitude -94.693

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)

Station KANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN AP
Distance 8.2 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 INDEPENDENCE
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station HILLSDALE LAKE
Distance 27.1 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, Merriam, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Op (66203)

Overland (66202, 66203, 66204)

Shawnee Mission (66202, 66203, 66204)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fairway 3,964 $124,929
Mission 9,481 $74,688
Overland Park 181,464 $94,084
Roeland Park 6,819 $81,171

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

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