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  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Olathe is a suburb of Kansas City with a population of 134,368. Olathe is in Johnson County and is one of the best places to live in Kansas. Living in Olathe offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Olathe there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Olathe and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Olathe are highly rated.
About Olathe...
Population
134,368

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$211,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$952
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Olathe Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    141.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    57.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    105.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,177.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    122.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Olathe

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$82,649
National
$55,322
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Olathe is definitely known for its schools! I believe the area high schools actually do a lot of specializing depending on the career student want to be in. For example, Olathe North High School is known for its S.T.E.M. programs. It's a very safe and family-friendly area with virtually little to no nightlife. If you can navigate construction sites and roundabouts, the commute time is fine and job opportunities are average. It does not feel like a diverse area though because of affordability and housing costs. It is in one of the richest counties in America, after all. A lot of people jog and bike along sidewalks, but playing sports and gym memberships are really common.
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Olathe is a very large community near the Kansas City area. Schools are the root of Olathe. The district truly cares about your future and over the years have began a program to make a student's decision on choosing a career, easier. Each of the 5 Olathe high schools have three to five 21st Century Academies, or career pathways a student can choose to attend if it is to their interest. For example, I really liked film growing up, I chose to be apart of the Olathe Northwest Broadcast and Journalism program. If a student doesn't always end up going down that route for a career, they can still take away so much from the program. I have learned good leadership, technical, and time management skills that will help me in any work field down the road. The most meaningful thing about Olathe is that the school district truly wants you to succeed after you graduate.
Olathe is an incredibly clean place compared to other cities. The school system is also quite excellent. I had a very good experience in the Olathe public school system since the faculty are very helpful and genuinely involved as well as invested in the students. Olathe has also always been a rather safe place although some instances would suggest otherwise overall it is a good place for families. I think it would be great if the city became a more diverse place. The amount of other cultures and races is present but, definitely lower than some other places. This fact however, does not suggest that there is intolerance within the city as in my experience most are rather accepting but, like everywhere there is some sort of racism or prejudice.