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Rich History of Olathe

Olathe sits within Johnson County, Kansas. It is also the fourth most populous city in the Kansas City metro area and within the state of Kansas. It was originally founded in 1857 by Dr. John T. Barton who originally wanted to call the area "Beautiful." Instead, he asked a Shawnee interpreter what 'Beautiful' was in their native language, "Olathe" was the response and the town was named. Two years later it was incorporated in 1857 and experienced rapid growth within the first few years.

During the Civil War in 1862, the town was almost completely destroyed but saw regrowth after the war. The town served as a stop across a few different westward expansion trails, including the Oregon Trail, California Trail and Santa Fe Trail. All of these led to being the primary income for many businesses.

After the railroad was introduced and the trails lost their importance, Olathe became a quiet prairie town, until the 1950s. Interstate 35 was constructed in the early 1950s, which linked Olathe to Kansas City. This linking lead to a massive resurgance in residential growth and eventually commercial growth.

As of 2008, it was ranked as the 24th fastest growing city in the nation. Many historic buildings have since been demolished by fast growth projects.

Olathe is home to the Kansas School for the Deaf, which was established in 1861. The school moved to Olathe in 1866. The school serves children from grades K-12. The school taught Dummy Taylor, a New York Giants pitcher in the early 1900s.  The MidAmerica Nazarene University is also found in Olathe.

Demographics and Population

In the 2020 census, the city of Olathe had a population of 141,290 residents. In 2010 these were some of the demographic statistics:

  • 44,507 households
  • 83.1% of residents identified as White
  • 5.3% of residents identified as African American
  • 44.1% of households had children under 18
  • 60% of households were married couples living together

The median age in 2010 was 32.9 years old. The gender makeup of the city was almost a complete split with 49.5% identifying as male and 50.5% identifying as female. The median income for a household was recorded as $72,634 as of a 2007 estimate.

Industries in Olathe

Thanks to the easy access to downtown Kansas City, Olathe has become a popular place for businesses to set up offices. Some of the largest employers in the area, outside of local government and schools include:

  • GARMIN International
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Convergys
  • Honeywell
  • Mid-Central Sysco
  • TransAm Trucking

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