Olathe Demographics and Real Estate Info
The city of Olathe is the fourth largest in population in Kansas. It also is the county seat for Johnson County, KS. Olathe is surrounded by Lenexa to the North, Overland Park to the East, and Gardner to the Southwest.
Olathe has a very rich history. Dr. John T. Barton founded Olathe in 1857. History tells us that on a spring day in 1857, Dr. Barton rode into the middle of Johnson County and staked two quarter sections of land as the site of the town. At that time, the prairie was awash with beautiful spring wild flowers – he was nearly overcome by the beauty and wanted to name the town “Beautiful”. It has been said, that he asked his Shawnee interpreter for the Shawnee word for ‘beautiful’. The interpreter replied, Olathe (pronounced oh-lay-tha.)
Olathe quickly became the largest city in Johnson County and thus became the county seat in 1859.
Olathe has a rich history dating back to the 1850’s with the conflict between the abolitionist Jayhawkers and pro-slavery Bushwhackers.
In the 1950’s the construction of the Interstate highway system led to Olathe being better connected to Kansas City and surrounding communities. This led to even more prosperity and growth.
In recent history, the 1980’s brought remarkable growth in population and industry with Olathe’s population surpassing 100,000 in 2001 and by 2010, the population had grown to over 125,000!
By 2008, the US Census Bureau ranked the city of Olathe as the 24th fastest-growing city in the United States. In the same year, Olathe earned the rank of #11 of the top “100 cities to live in the United States” by CNN/Money Magazine.
There are hundreds of attractions and fun places in Olathe and surrounding communities; including:
- Sports Complexes & Athletic Fields
- Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Historical Site
- Libraries & Community Centers
- Museums such as Kansas City Automotive Museum or Ensor Museum
- Farmer’s Markets
- Ernie Miller Nature Center
- Golf Courses & Public parks such as Heritage Park
- Public Pools
- Arts & Music Venues such as Chestnut Fire Arts Center
- Fun and Eventful nightlife
Industry is a strong engine that continues to fuel the grown in Olathe. Some familiar names include:
- Olathe District Schools
- Olathe Medical Center
- Farmer’s Insurance Group
- Garmin International
Olathe and its surround communities such as Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood and Gardner continue to grow and blend. Today, Olathe and surrounding residents identify with southern Johnson County and overall with the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. With the continued success of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs, this identity and pride are further enforced.
The resilient economy, world-class school systems, affordable living and strong community are the elements that continue to make Olathe such an attractive location for families.
- Population – 132,507, Up 38% since 2000
- Average Income – $94,854 Per Year
- Average age – 33 years
- Gender– 49% Male, 51% Female
- Households– 46,598, 44% with children
- Average Home Values – $218,825
Olathe public school district is predominantly Olathe, Blue Valley and Spring Hill.
Olathe Schools are the fastest growing school district in the area and has been listed in the top 25 Places to Live and Go to School per relocateamerica.com. Olathe Schools have the reputation for winning 17 Blue Ribbon School awards; as well as Level III excellence awards. These accolades correlate soundly with the $50.8 million in scholarships earned and awarded to the 2015 graduates of the Olathe school district.
Blue Valley schools are the pinnacle of school systems in the nation. This district’s commitment to excellence is proven by Blue Valley’s 2014 graduates who posted the highest ACT and SAT composite scores in the greater Kansas City area of all school districts with a composite ACT score of 25.3 and SAT composite score of 1864 far exceeding the state and national averages.
The Spring Hill schools serve some Olathe residents. This district is growing at a remarkable 5% annually. Today, the Spring Hill school district serves more than 3,000 students in six schools. From its roots in the 1800s, the Spring Hill School district has now grown to include over 71 square miles of land and is strongly committed to excellence in education.
There are also dozens of great private schools in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. Some of these include:
- Pembroke Hill School
- Kadesh Academy
- Notre Dame de Sion
- Rockhurst High School
- Prince of Peace Catholic School
- Saint Teresa’s Academy
- Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
- Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy