Olathe, KS
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Olathe is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 137,472 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Olathe is the fifth largest community in Kansas.

Olathe real estate is some of the most expensive in Kansas, although Olathe house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Olathe is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Olathe is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olathe who work in office and administrative support (12.57%), management occupations (12.50%), and sales jobs (11.14%).

Also of interest is that Olathe has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Olathe is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Olathe a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Olathe has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Olathe’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The education level of Olathe ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Olathe, 47.27% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Olathe in 2010 was $34,642, which is wealthy relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,568 for a family of four. However, Olathe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Olathe is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Olathe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Olathe residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Olathe also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.24% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Olathe include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Olathe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.