Profile for Olathe, Kansas, KS
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"Cowboy Boot Capital"
Olathe is a city in Johnson County, in the Kansas City metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Indian term for "fine"or "beautiful"
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Kansas named Olathe. For links to other places called Olathe, KS, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Olathe is 38.881N. The longitude is -94.818W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,033 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 105,274.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Olathe demographic reports
Dr. John T. Barton founded the community in 1857 on Shawnee land. Raided by Confederate guerrilla William Quantrill and his followers during the Civil War
Grew significantly with completion of Interstate 35 in 1957
The Olathe Boot Company has operated here for more than a century. (Says owner Tom Frey, "We don't make dancin' slippers or dude boots?If you want decorations, get a Christmas tree.")
Public transportation: Johnson County Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Filming location for:
· 1967 movie, "In Cold Blood"
Well-known residents have included:
· Charles "Buddy" Rogers, actor
· Charles Miller, musician (War)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Nearby parks & recreation:
Cedar Lake, Lake Olathe, Indian Creek Greenway Trail, Ernie Miller Nature Center
Historic routes: Santa Fe Trail, Oregon-California Trail
Historic sites and museums: Mahaffie Farmstead and Stagecoach Stop, Old Olathe Naval Air Museum, William Marra Museum
Colleges and universities:
Midamerica Nazarene University, Brown Mackie College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 53
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Ancestry & family history
26% of Olathe residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Olathe ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Olathe was $24,498, compared with $21,587 nationally.
40% of Olathe residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Olathe, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $529. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,192.
Libraries in Olathe include Indian Creek, Olathe Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Olathe include Olathe Daily News, Olathe Sun
Johnson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Olathe political report.
The average commute time for Olathe workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Olathe between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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