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Paola is a city in Miami County, in the Kansas City metro area.
It is the county seat.
One tradition says the community was named for Baptiste Peoria, linguist. Another says it was named for the missionary, Paola Ponziglione
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Kansas named Paola. For links to other places called Paola, KS, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Paola is 38.572N. The longitude is -94.878W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 915 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,065.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Paola demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Miami County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Kansas City area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 66071 ZIP code.
28% of Paola residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Paola ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Paola was $22,191, compared with $21,587 nationally.
21% of Paola residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Paola, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $415. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $804.
Libraries in Paola include Paola Free Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Paola include Miami County Republic
Miami County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Paola political report.
The average commute time for Paola workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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