Olathe, KS
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Olathe is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 134,305 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.

Olathe is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Olathe is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olathe who work in office and administrative support (13.86%), management occupations (12.04%), and sales jobs (11.87%).

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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Olathe really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Olathe perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The citizens of Olathe are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.03% of adults in Olathe have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Olathe in 2010 was $31,724, which is wealthy relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $126,896 for a family of four. However, Olathe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Olathe is a somewhat 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 10.78% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Olathe include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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