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CITY OF OLATHE

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FAST FACTS

 

Olathe (o lay' tha)

Shawnee Indian word for "beautiful"
 

Incorporated:

1857
 

Location:

Olathe is part of the Kansas City major metropolitan area, located on interstate 35 just 19 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City.  County Seat to Johnson County, one of the wealthiest counties in the United States
 

City Population:

  • 122,500
  • Since the 1950s, Olathe's population has quadrupled, and today is the fourth largest city in Kansas
 

City Residents' Median Age:

30.82
 

Johnson County Population:

516,731
 

Kansas City Area Population:

2.3 million
 

Form of Government:

Council-city manager with elected mayor
 

Weather: 

  • Average temperatures January: 30.4 degree, July: 79.1 degrees 
  • SW Wind=Prevailing Wind 
  • Average Rainfall=36 inches (includes snow)
 

Schools: 

Olathe District Schools   
  • 32 elementary schools    
  • 8 junior high schools    
  • 4 senior high schools 
  • Kansas State School for the Deaf 
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University
 

Olathe Public Library:

201 E. Park and 12990 S. Black Bob Road
 

Olathe Market Facts:

  • Median Household Income-$67,0001
  • Total Estimated Households-43,6001
  • Average Home Selling Price-$292,792
  • 92% of the population age 25 and over possesses at least a high school degree
  • 39% of the population age 25 and over possesses a bachelor's degree or higher
 

City Land Mass:

59.8 square miles 
 

Elevation:

1,100 feet
 

Parks: 

  • 43 neighborhood & community parks 
  • 9 linear parks 
  • 1,213 acres + 293 acres of water 
  • 28 miles of bicycle/pedestrian trails 
  • 8.9 miles of bike lanes
 

Sister Cities:

  • Chur, Switzerland
  • Ocotlán, Mexico
 

Culture:

  • Olathe is the only city in Johnson County with an arts alliance that offers year-round arts and cultural events through a community theater, orchestra, civic band, chorus and exhibits. Plus, Olathe hosts several annual arts events.
  • The Olathe Community Theatre Associaton is located at 500 E. Loula and a Performing Arts Center is located downtown at 311 E. Park Street.
  • Olathe hosts the annual Johnson County Old Settlers Days celebration, a tradition since 1898.
  • The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site preserves the 19th century westward expansion, and is the last existing stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail.
  • Olathe has been home to the Kansas State School for the Deaf since it was established in 1866. The deaf community continues to be an integral part of Olathe with the Olathe Club for the Deaf, 221 S. Chestnut, and the Deaf Cultural Center and William Marra Museum, 455 E. Park Street.
 

Awards: 

  • In 2008, Money  Magazine ranked Olathe as America's 11th Best Place to Live noting the city's growth and major employers.
  • The 2008 U.S. Census Bureau statistics listed Olathe as the 24th-fastest growing city in the United States among cities with a population of 100,000 or more. Olathe was the only city in Kansas and Missouri to be listed in the top 25.
  • Named to Relocate-America's Top 100 Places to Live in 2008 
  • Mahaffie Civil War Event named as top 10 bus tour destinations by the American Bus Tour Association