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CITY OF OLATHE

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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:

139,388

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:

584,491

Kansas City Area Population:

2.15 million

Form of Government:

Council-city manager with elected mayor

Weather:

Average temperatures January: 39º, July: 89º

SW Wind = Prevailing Wind

Average Rainfall = 36 inches (includes snow)

Schools:

Olathe District Schools

  • 35 elementary schools
  • 10 junior high schools
  • 5 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: $85,411
  • Total Estimated Households: $49,883
  • Average Home Selling Price: $250,285
  • 95% of the population age 25 and over possesses at least a high school degree
  • 45% of the population age 25 and over possesses a bachelor's degree or higher

City Land Mass:

60.97 square miles

Elevation:

1,100 feet

Parks:

  • 43 neighborhood community parks
  • 9 linear parks
  • 1,213 acres + 293 acres of water
  • 57 miles of bicycle/pedestrian trails
  • 18 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.

Diversity in Olathe:

Olathe became more diverse in the past decade, with non-white residents increasing from 11.4 percent of the population to 16.9 percent. The African-American population increased from 2.7 to 5.3 2000 and 2010; the Asian population increased from 2.7 to 4.1 percent; and the number of Hispanics or Latinos of any race increased more than 150 percent and increased from 5.4 percent of the population to 10.2 percent.

Awards:

  • SmartAsset has ranked Olathe as the no. 1 city in America where millennials are buying homes. For this study, SmartAsset looked at two factors: the 2016 millennial homeownership rate and the change between the millennial homeownership rate from 2007 to 2016. Data shows that more than half of millennial households in Olathe own their homes, an increase of 4.8 percent from 2007.
  • Alarms.org has ranked Olathe as the no. 6 safest city in Kansas, making it one of the safest cities in the state. The website reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research and ranked cities based on the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes.
  • 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