IF YOU ARE MOVING to or within Kansas City, then one of the places to look is Olathe on the metro’s southwest corner.

The town of Olathe has been around since 1857 when the city’s founders incorporated and chose the name from the Shawnee tribe that means “beautiful.” The town’s main street of Sante Fe is still robust to this day, but the city has grown into a dense suburban area expanding west and south with a population around 140,000. 

Residents say the city still boasts a small-town feel and with friendly Midwestern people, all the while now offering amenities of a much larger metropolitan area. Here’s a few that top the list:

  1. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: a historical, working stagecoach farm for visitors to experience 1860s farming and life on the Kansas frontier 
  2. Olathe Parks and Trails: an intricate park, walking and biking trail system that connects much of the town with scenic natureways. 
  3. Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center: 117-acre park with native prairies and three miles of hiking trails; animals native to Kansas on exhibit; offers education programs and camps
  4. Black Bob Bay: an excellent city pool with raft water slides, a 50-meter, diving boards, a lazy river and more
  5. Mom’s Kitchen Restaurant: a landmark restaurant near “downtown” Olathe since 1945
  6. Olathe Community Center: opened in 2014 with an indoor pool, sport courts, fitness facility, elevated walking track, party rooms and catering kitchen
  7. Olathe Parks and Recs sports program: well organized program offering a ton of sporting options; well-maintained fields 
  8. Lake Olathe: a 170-acre lake with a 258-acre surrounding park; enjoy a swim beach, Aqua Park, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and paddle boats, disc golf, a spray ground for little kids and an amphitheater that seats 1,500 

When it comes to housing, people looking to purchase a home can get a lot more house for their buck in Olathe when compared to other cities in the greater Kansas City area. Believe it or not, the town still is home to several of its original builds from the late 1800s with many of them being updated or preserved, too.

If you have children, the Olathe Public Schools will not disappoint! It’s the second largest district, with more than 29,000 students, 36 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and five high schools. The district has received 17 “Blue Ribbon School Awards” and has a 91.2% graduation rate. Residents say the way Olathe schools manage education for kids with exceptionalities is incomparable to surrounding districts. 

Finally, Olathe is home to dozens of churches and places of worship, including Journey Bible Church which was founded in 1980. The church offers non-denominational Bible teaching both in-person and online. It has a welcoming atmosphere, a vibrant student ministry and opportunities for community involvement. 

Regardless of the reason that hits home the most to you, there is one thing everyone living in Olathe must know. How to pronounce the name! Here’s a tip: it has three syllables… oh-lay-theh. This knowledge makes it easy to identify telemarketers or outsiders.

Learn more on the City of Olathe official website.


Learn more Journey Bible Church.