6 Reasons You’ll Love Olathe

6 Reasons You’ll Love Olathe


If you’re new to the area, you may never have heard of Olathe, Kansas—a booming suburban community on the Kansas side of the border, only 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City.  But this fast-growing city has all the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan area, with an average household gross of $91,079/year—a full 29% higher than the national average.  Here are 6 reasons why we think you’ll love Olathe.

It’s the #24 fastest-growing community in the nation.

With a population of 125,872, Olathe has been rated by the U.S. Census Bureau as the #24 fastest-growing city in the nation. It was also recently ranked as #11 on the list of “100 Best Cities to Live in the U.S.” by CNN/Money Magazine, and consistently rates as one of the top-performing cities in the region in terms of resident satisfaction (by DirectionFinder).

Students love the award-winning schools.

Olathe has 30,000 students attending 34 elementary, 9 middle, and 4 high schools—and 17 of those schools have won the Presidential Blue Ribbon Award, more than any other community in the state. With a 91.7% graduation rate, and 18 Presidential Awards for excellence in math and science education, the city’s school system is one of the best in the nation.

A great place to start (or run) a business.

Olathe is a great place to start or run a business, with many business resources available to owners—such as the Olathe Economic Development Council, or the 5-Star Chamber of Commerce, with over 1,300 members. Several major companies reside in Olathe, including Honeywell, Garmin, ALDI, and Husqvarna. Farmers Insurance and John Deere also have large facilities in the city.

Excellent shopping, dining, and entertainment.

There are over 160 restaurants in Olathe for every taste. Try the Z-Man Sandwich at Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, named by Zagat as the “Best Sandwich in Kansas,” or sample the Kansas Twister ice-cream—one of 40 unique homemade ice-cream flavors made daily at Sylas and Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream. There’s plenty of “big shopping” for whatever you need—including 2 Super Targets, 2 Super Walmarts, Whole Foods, and a Bass Pro Shop that offers 135,000 sq. ft. of quality gear for fishing, hunting, and camping. Finish off a long day of shopping with a movie at the AMC Studio 28 with Dine-In Theaters, a complete dining and entertainment experience with an IMAX theater, the MacGuffin’s Bar, and Fork & Screen.

Tons of parks, trails, and lakes.

Olathe offers 13 city parks and 22 neighborhood parks. BlackBob Park is an 80-acre community park located on an old Shawnee Indian Reservation. It has a zero-entry swimming complex with a lazy river—along with 6 soccer fields, a mini golf course, batting cages, and a fishing pond. The city maintains 22 miles of hike and bike trails, plus more from Johnson County—such as the Indian Creek Hike/Bike trail, which is almost 17 miles long by itself. Olathe Lake also features 172 acres of recreational space.

Critical for pioneers and settlers in the old days.

Many people don’t realize that over 100 years ago, Olathe hosted the last remaining stagecoach stop—since the city is located directly on the Santa Fe Trail. Today, you can still visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, now a living museum that offers tours of the farmhouse, stone ice house, and timber-frame barn. Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration has been active for 100 years, and is today a 3-day festival with a carnival and parade. If you visit this city party when it occurs after Labor Day, be sure to try the grange pups or walking tacos.

Looking for a home in Olathe? Your ReeceNichols real estate agent can help. Contact us today.