Livability

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LIVABILITY

Who Lives Here

Young families find this growing and dynamic community of 130,000 a great place to call home.
 
  • The average age is 33.1 years,
    • Compared to the national average of 37.2.  
  • Approximately 31.8 percent of Olatheans are between the ages of 25 and 44, beginning their families. 
  • An estimated 24 percent are in the peak earning years between 45 and 64.
 
Residents are well educated. More than 95 percent are high school graduates (or earned high school equivalency), 43.8 percent have earned bachelor’s degrees, and 14 percent have earned a graduate or professional degree.
 
The average Olathe per capita income is $32,834, which is 23 percent higher than the national average. The average household earns $91,079 a year (gross), 29 percent higher than the national average.
 
  • Approximately 10.5 percent of Olathe households earn more than $150,000 a year,
    • 7.2 percent in the Kansas City MSA
    • 8.1 percent in the United States. 
  • Only 7.4 percent earn less than $25,000 a year
    • 21.9 percent in Kansas City MSA 
    • 24.9 percent nationally. 
  • Homeowners occupy 70.2 percent of Olathe dwellings, renters close to 30 percent.

A Great Place to Learn

Olathe School District is the second largest in the state, with 34 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and four high schools. Enrollment is nearly 30,000 students. Surveys confirm that people move to this community and stay in this community for the innovative and quality education offered in the Olathe School District.
 
The Olathe School District is recognized for its high academic scores, innovative programs, and highly educated teachers. More than 74 percent of teachers hold master’s degrees or higher. Quality schools and specialized curriculums make Olathe one of the “Top 25 Places to Live to Go to School” (Relocate-America.com).
 
Student, staff and district distinctions
 
  • ACT and SAT scores above state and national averages
  • 91.7 percent graduation rate
  • 17 Blue Ribbon School Awards
 

Olathe students earn above average scores

ACT 2013

Olathe 23.7
State 21.8
National 20.9

SAT 2013

  Critical Reading Math Writing
Olathe 622 632 590
Kansas 589 595 568
Nation 496 514 488