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16615 W. 139th Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062
(139th and Mur-Len Road)
History of Olathe Kansas
The city traces its roots back to 1905, with the arrival of its founder, William B. Strang Jr., who plotted subdivisions along a military roadway on 600 acres (2.4 kmē) he purchased that are now part of the old downtown area. One of those subdivisions was named Olathe, and was the site for the first airplane flight west of the Mississippi with shows by the Wright brothers, sponsored by Strang, on December 24, 1909.

The city was incorporated as a first-class city on May 20, 1960, making it one of the youngest communities in Johnson County. Its initial population was 28,085 and was bounded by Antioch Road (West), 107th Street (South), Chadwick (East) and I-35 (North). In 1960 the population was 28,085 with 17.2 square miles (44.5 km2) incorporated. By 1990 the population was 111,790 and in 1995 the incorporated land area was 56.6 square miles (146.6 km2). Since 1995, the population has grown to 171,231 in 2008 with 72 square miles (186.48 km2) of land area. Olathe is now the second most populous city in Kansas.
Geography and Climate
Olathe is centered at 38°56'24" North, 94°40'51" West (38.94, -94.68). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 56.8 square miles (147.2 kmē), of which, 56.8 square miles (147.0 kmē) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 kmē) of it is water. The total area is 0.18% water.

In early 2008, the city council voted to annex an additional 15 square miles (39 km2) south of existing city limits. The annexation went into effect March 10. After the annexation, the city spans nearly the entire distance between the northern and southern borders of Johnson County.

Olathe lies in the 5b to 6a USDA Hardiness Zone, being too cold for many tropical plants. Olathe has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa), with cold-dry winters and hot-and-humid summers. Spring and autumn are generally very mild, with occasional thunderstorms. January is the coldest month, with frequent sleet and ice-storms and a daily average temperature of 29°F. July is generally the warmest month, with highs around 90°F and higher, with relative humidity often reaching 100%.
Religion
Olathe is home to Congregation Beth Israel Abraham Voliner, an Orthodox synagogue established in Kansas City, Missouri in 1894. It is the only Orthodox synagogue in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in the State of Kansas.
Sister Cities
Olathe has one sister city, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
Public Transportation
The city does not have its own public transportation system. However, Johnson County, Kansas operates "The JO" within the city limits. As of 2008, Olathe was not part of Kansas City, MO's plans for a light rail system.
Education
Public education in Olathe is provided by several school districts including Shawnee Mission School District, Blue Valley School District and Olathe School District.

The Johnson County Library serves the city. Olathe is the location of several branch institutions:
  • Ottawa University adult campus
  • University of Kansas-Edwards Campus
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Baker University Olathe Campus
  • Emporia State University - Olathe Campus (Metro Learning Center)
Population
As of the census of 2000,there were 149,080 people, 59,703 households, and 39,702 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,627.0 people per square mile (1,014.3/km²). There were 62,586 housing units at an average density of 1,102.9/sq mi (425.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.65% White, 2.55% African American, 0.27% Native American, 3.83% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.24% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 3.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 59,703 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06. In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24
 
Census Year Population
1960*
2,627/sq mi(1,014.3/km2)
1970
CST (UTC-6)
1980
CST (UTC-5)
1990
913
2000
20-53775
2008
0479210
*unincorporated
, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $62,116, and the median income for a family was $77,176. Males had a median income of $52,072 versus $34,186 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,069. 3.2% of the population and 2.1% of families were living below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under the age of 18 and 3.5% of those 65 and older. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $70,405, and the median income for a family was $91,806.

Olathe nearby Museum Attractions

  • Merriam Museums (0.0 Miles)
  • Leawood Museums (0.1 Miles)
  • Mission Museums (0.1 Miles)
  • Fairway Museums (0.3 Miles)
  • Countryside Museums (0.6 Miles)
  • Mission Hills Museums (0.6 Miles)
  • Lenexa Museums (0.8 Miles)
  • Shawnee Mission Museums (0.9 Miles)
  • Roeland Park Museums (1.2 Miles)
  • Shawnee Museums (1.7 Miles)
  • Prairie Village Museums (2.0 Miles)
  • Lake Quivira Museums (3.8 Miles)
  • Stanley Museums (5.7 Miles)
  • Kansas City Museums (6.3 Miles)
  • Edwardsville Museums (6.5 Miles) Nearby Cities

Olathe nearby Golf Courses

  • Merriam Golf Courses (0.0 Miles)
  • Leawood Golf Courses (0.1 Miles)
  • Mission Golf Courses (0.1 Miles)
  • Fairway Golf Courses (0.3 Miles)
  • Countryside Golf Courses (0.6 Miles)
  • Mission Hills Golf Courses (0.6 Miles)
  • Lenexa Golf Courses (0.8 Miles)
  • Shawnee Mission Museums (0.9 Miles)
  • Roeland Park Museums (1.2 Miles)
  • Shawnee Museums (1.7 Miles)
  • Prairie Village Museums (2.0 Miles)
  • Lake Quivira Museums (3.8 Miles)
  • Stanley Museums (5.7 Miles)
  • Kansas City Museums (6.3 Miles)
  • Edwardsville Museums (6.5 Miles) Nearby Cities

Olathe nearby Restaurants

  • Korma Sutra Restaurant
  • J Alexander's Restaurants
  • J Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks
  • Ruchi Indian Restaurant
  • Fiorella's Jack Stack of Olathe
  • Thai Place Restaurant
  • Bo Ling's Chinese Restaurant Olathe
  • Johnny Cascone's Italian Restaurant
  • Sweet Tomatoes
  • Elephant Bar Restaurant
  • India Paradise Restaurant
  • Chilli N Spice Restaurant

Mexican Restaurants in Olathe, Kansas

  • Mi Ranchito
  • Jalapenos Mexican
  • Taco Via
  • Tienda Casa Paloma
  • La Cocinita Mexicana
  • On the Border
  • Jalapenos Mexican

Other Olathe Restaurants

  • New Theatre Restaurant- Olathe, Ks
  • J. Gilbert- Olathe, Ks
  • Ruth's Steak House
  • Fieldhouse Sports Cafe
  • Ruchi Indian Restaurant
  • Malone's Bar & Grill
  • Garozzo's Restorante
  • Rosati's Pizza
  • One Bite Japanese Grill

Olathe nearby family Attractions

  • Olathe Arboretum & Botanical gardens
  • St. Andrews Golf Club
  • Great wolf water Park

Olathe nearby Shopping Attractions

  • Cabela's
  • Country Club Plaza
  • City Market
  • Olathe Farmer's Market
  • Mur-Len Road
  • Crown Center
  • Oak Park Mall

Olathe Health & Fitness

  • Bally's of Olathe, Ks
  • Ace Sports
  • 24 Hours Fitness
  • Dollar Sports
  • Peak Vision Sports

Things To Do in around Olathe

  • Kemper Museum of Arts
  • Nelson Atkins Museum of Arts
  • Arabia Steamboat Museum
  • National World War Museum
  • American Jazz Museum
  • Loose Park Garden
  • Stanford & Sons Comedy Club
  • Kansas City Zoo