Facts, History & Demographics

Olathe is the second largest among the 21 communities in prosperous Johnson County, and the fifth largest city in the state. It is located just 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, with all of the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan area.

Olathe offers a life style of exceptional quality. A drive through Olathe's attractive neighborhoods shows a well-planned, pleasing community. Olathe's Fire and Police Departments are among the finest in the state. The City's school system is one of the best in the nation.

Outdoor recreation offers a variety of activities, including running, bicycling, fishing, boating, and team sports. The Olathe area is popular for hot-air ballooning and sailboarding. Olathe has two public lakes: Olathe Lake (172 acres) and Cedar Lake (45 acres.)

The City's Parks and Recreation Department maintains year-round activities including music and dance, sports, health and fitness programs for all ages. Baseball diamonds, tennis courts and fitness trails are available throughout the city and there are four public outdoor swimming pools in Olathe.

Olathe's quality of life invites an ever-increasing number of people to look at the community as a place to call home.