Olathe

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Located in the state of Kansas, Olathe is a medium-sized city with a population of 132,787 inhabitants. At 86%, the majority of the Olathe population is White; this is followed by 5% Black and 4% Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Olathe might be a good fit as 81% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 47% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Olathe could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Kansas if you know where to look. Finding the best places to live in Olathe and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, education, housing and other important metrics.

Olathe has a livability score of 82/100 and is ranked #11 in Kansas and #950 in the USA. This is a fantastic score, as Olathe ranks well in multiple categories! This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we examine each of the categories individually, we see that Olathe ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A), employment (B-) and housing (B).

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Olathe is real estate affordability. The median home price for Olathe homes is $201,200, which is 48.7% higher than the Kansas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Olathe, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 0% lower than the Kansas average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Olathe will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Olathe, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 7.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.6%.

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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Olathe, KS

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Ward Parkway, Kansas City8613.93,722
Armour Hills, Kansas City8514.92,422
Country Club Plaza, Kansas City8416.41,088
Western Hills, Kansas City84131,837
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Country Lane Estates, Kansas City8212.31,971
Tower Homes, Kansas City8214.65,882
Lea Manor, Kansas City8112.52,044
Foxcroft And Glen Arbor, Kansas City8112.1878

Best Cities Near Olathe, KS

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Westwood, KS9115.31,747
Prairie Village, KS9012.121,824
Platte Woods, MO8625.4430
Blue Springs, MO8630.953,641
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fairway, KS8614.13,964
Kearney, MO8540.89,259
Liberty, MO8532.630,239
Lee's Summit, MO8523.594,257
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Olathe, KS - Passport to Adventure

Attractions5/10
Community6/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining4/10
Shopping5/10
I was excited about my trip to Olathe due to the fact that I love the outdoors, so Passport To Adventure was a great experience for me. For those not familiar with Passport To Adventure, it is a neat way to explore various cities in Kansas and familiarize yourself with the history there. There are biking and hiking trails and you are likely to come across snakes, owls and some deer. There is also a great golf course if you are not the nature type but love the outdoors. The neighborhoods in Olathe are very pretty with greenery and trees as far as the eye can see. There are a few interesting built-in ponds with fish in them, something I had never seen before in any city. The communities are well groomed but heavily advertised, as the town is mostly catholic. There were not many upscale restaurants in the city of Olathe but 54th Street Grill and Bar had great food that was cooked to perfection. I always love going to eat at Cracker Barrel, and the one in Olathe did not disappoint me. I am not a burger person but I did enjoy dining at Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries. They had very tasty chicken sandwiches and malts. Orlando's Nite Club is the most popular club to go to. The drinks were priced a little high for me. The music was good but the dance floor was a little too small. The Great Mall of The Great Plains is a huge mall in Olathe, and it has pretty much every store you could want. I was surprised not to see a playground for children, but sometimes you can't complain about the little things. Overall, I really enjoyed myself.
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