City of Olathe Fast Facts

Olathe (o lay' tha)
Shawnee Indian word for "beautiful"

Incorporated: 1857

Location:
on Interstate 35, 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City on the Oregon-California and Santa Fe Trail

County Seat to Johnson County, one of the wealthiest counties in the United States

City Population Estimate: 129,2411 (2nd Quarter 2013)

Since the 1950s, Olathe's population has quadrupled, and today is the fifth largest city in Kansas

City Residents' Median Age: 33.98

Johnson County Population: 544,1796

Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area Population: 2.04 million3

Olathe Market Facts:

  • Median household income - $72,4498  (up from $69,6875 )   
  • 2012 average sale price for homes in Olathe: $224,7221
  • 2012 average sale price for homes never lived-in: $340,2151
  • 95.6% of the population age 25 and over possesses at least a high school degree8
  • 45.0% of the population age 25 and over possesses a bachelor's degree or higher8

Olathe Households:

  • Average Household Size - 2.738
  • Average Family Size - 3.248
  • Occupied Housing Units - 46,1948
  • Total Housing Units - 48,4108

Form of Government: Council-city manager with elected mayor

City Land Mass: 60.97 square miles1

Elevation: 1,100 feet

Weather:

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

Parks:

  • 43 neighborhood & community parks
  • 57 miles of public trails within Olathe's city limits
  • 18.2 miles of bike lanes and 27.4 miles of signed shared roadway

Public Schools in Olathe:

 

  • 33 elementary schools
  • 9 middle 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

Sister Cities: Chur, Switzerland and 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.

Sources:

1 - City of Olathe Planning Division - 07/13

3 - Mid-America Regional Council

4 - Johnson County Appraiser's Office

5 - 2010 American Community Survey one-year estimates (In 2010 Inflation - Adjusted Dollars), released Sept. 22, 2011

6 - 2010 Census Summary File 2

7 - 2010 Census Summary File 1

8 - 2011 American Community Survey one-year estimates, released Sept. 19, 2012.