Olathe

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Olathe offers a life style of exceptional quality. A drive through Olathe's attractive neighborhoods will show you a well-designed and pleasing community. Homes for sale in Olathe are affordable. All you have to do is make the move and enjoy all that Olathe and the surrounding area has to offer.

Located just 20 miles from downtown Kansas City is Olathe, which is the fifth largest city in Kansas and the fourth largest in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. It is among the nation’s 25 fastest-growing cities, according to a 2008 U.S. Census report. Also in 2008, CNN Money and Money Magazine ranked Olathe 11th on their 100 Best Cities to Live In, in the United States.

Olathe was founded in 1857 by Dr. John T. Barton. He is said to have asked a native Shawnee interpreter how to say “beautiful” in the Shawnee native language, because the prairie covered in wildflowers appeared so beautiful to him. The unnamed interpreter said the word, as Barton later pronounced it, “Olathe” (oh LAY thuh), which became the name of the city.

The city has a population of 137,000 and has grown over 30% in the last 10 years. Its growth likely has something to do with its prime location as it sits near two lakes (Lake Olathe and Cedar Lake) and is a suburb of the even larger Kansas City. Olathe’s growth can also be attributed to its school system, which is attractive to prospective homeowners with families, as it is one of the best in the nation.

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Why Do Residents Choose Olathe?

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Things to Do

There’s a huge breadth to the art & culture available to residents of Olathe. Car lovers will brake for the Kansas City Automotive Museum, which celebrates the unique automotive history of the area. History truly comes to life at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail! Find modern art at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, or explore the rich heritage of the hearing impaired at the Museum of Deaf History, Art and Culture.

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Parks & Recreation

Olathe offers plenty of outdoor activities, but the standout of the area is the 116-acre Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center, featuring trails and a children’s outdoor education center with animals, exhibits, and programs. For a gentle, well-maintained route, the Coffee Creek Trail Streamway Project offers 3.4 paved miles for pedestrians and cyclists that cross four bridges. Or, take a dip in 170-acre Lake Olathe, before you spend a relaxing afternoon in the surrounding 258-acre community park.

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Public Education

Olathe Public Schools operates 50 different campuses serving more than 30,000 students. Those schools are the recipients of 18 National Blue Ribbon School Awards from the U.S. Department of Education, and the district is the only one in Kansas to achieve the highest level of the Kansas Award for Excellence. If that wasn’t enough, Standard & Poor’s rated the district 99% efficient at spending state education funds!

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Local Amenities

With several shopping centers to choose from, such as Olathe Pointe and Southwest Plaza, you’re sure to always find what you need in Olathe. Quaint downtown Olathe features locally owned businesses along Santa Fe Street, many of which are housed in historic buildings and converted homes. For dining in Olathe, there’s no shortage of Kansas City-style barbecue, but you’ll also find several steakhouses, family-friendly diners, and authentic Mexican restaurants as well.

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Employment

With high labor force participation and growing industries, there are plenty of opportunities for career advancement in Olathe. Olathe has a particularly high number of jobs in finance & insurance, technical & scientific services, and information industries. The city boasts several renowned global employers in those market areas, including Honeywell, Garmin, Terracon, Husqvarna, and Grundfos. Plus, the region is attracting innovative startups at an ever-increasing rate.

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Olathe at a Glance

Travel & Commute

Overland Park: 13 mi
Kansas City: 23.5 mi
Kansas City International Airport: 37 mi
Major Roads: KS-7, I-35, Monarch Hwy

Quick Facts

Population: 137,618
Zip Codes: 66051, 66061, 66062, 66063
County: Johnson
Mean Home Price: $348,347

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