About Olathe

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Reflective SpacesOlathe (o lay' tha) is the Shawnee Indian word for "beautiful"

Incorporated in 1857

Location is twenty miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, along the historic Oregon-California and Santa Fe Trails. Olathe is accessed via Interstate I-35

Form of Government is Mayor-Council-Manager

County Seat to Johnson County, Kansas

Population¹ estimate is 142,767

Median Age² is 34.1 years

City Land Mass¹ is 61.74 square miles

Elevation is 1,100 feet

Olathe Market Facts²

  • Median household income is $79,767
  • Median home value is $196,900
  • Population age 25 and over who possesses at least a high school degree is 94.3 percent
  • Population age 25 and over who possesses at least a bachelor's degree is 44.5 percent

Olathe Household Facts²

  • Average Household Size is 2.79
  • Average Family Size is 3.24
  • Occupied Housing Units is 47,019
  • Total Housing Units is 49,439

Olathe Race and Demographic Origins²

  • White: 85.7 percent
  • Black or African American: 5 percent
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3 percent
  • Asian: 4.4 percent
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific islander: 0.1 percent
  • Hispanic or Latino: 10.9 percent

City of Olathe Parks¹

  • 37 neighborhood & community parks
  • 57 miles of public trails
  • 25 miles of bike lanes and 30 miles of signed, shared roadway

Public Schools in Olathe¹

  • 35 elementary schools
  • 9 middle schools
  • 5 senior high schools

Higher Education in Olathe

  • JCCC Olathe Health Education Center
  • Kansas School for the Deaf
  • K-State Olathe
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University



  • Average temperature in January: 30.4 degrees
  • Average temperature in July: 79.1 degrees
  • Average Rainfall:  36 inches, including snow


  1. City of Olathe Planning Division, Dec. 2020
  2. ESRI forecasts for 2017, using U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary File 1. ESRI converted Census 2000 Data into 2010 geography

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