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 34 years,
    • Compared to the national average of 38.5.  
  • Approximately 30.7 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 94.3 percent are high school graduates (or earned high school equivalency), 44.5 percent have earned bachelor’s degrees, and 14 percent have earned a graduate or professional degree.

The average Olathe per capita income is $44,376, which is 22 percent higher than the national average. The average household earns $123,942 a year (gross), 34percent higher than the national average.

  • Approximately 11.8 percent of Olathe households earn more than $150,000 a year,
    • 11.6 percent in the Kansas City MSA
    • 10.9 percent in the United States. 
  • Only 10.9 percent earn less than $25,000 a year
    • 16.2 percent in Kansas City MSA 
    • 18.1 percent nationally. 
  • Homeowners occupy 69.2 percent of Olathe dwellings, renters close to 30.8 percent.

A Great Place to Learn

Olathe School District is the second largest in the state, with 35 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and five 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 77 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
  • 92.4 percent graduation rate
  • 18 Blue Ribbon School Awards
  • 15 National Merit finalists in 2020

Olathe students earn above average scores

ACT 2020

Olathe22.6
State20.4
National20.6

SAT 2020

 Critical ReadingMath
Olathe636610
Kansas588563
Nation495484