Olathe (Kansas)

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Coordinates 38°52′53″N 94°49′9″W
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
Founded 1857
Incorporated 1857, 1868
Elevation 1,037 ft (316 m)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
ZIP codes 66051,66061,66062,66063
Area code 913
FIPS code 20-52575
GNIS ID 479198
Website olatheks.org
Government (Type) Mayor–council
Government (Mayor) John Bacon
Government (Total) 62.39 sq mi (161.57 km2)
Government (Land) 61.63 sq mi (159.62 km2)
Government (Water) 0.76 sq mi (1.96 km2) 1.26%
Area (Total) 62.39 sq mi (161.57 km2)
Area (Land) 61.63 sq mi (159.62 km2)
Area (Water) 0.76 sq mi (1.96 km2) 1.26%
Population (2020) (Total) 141,290
Population (2020) (Estimate (2021)) 143,014
Population (2020) (Density) 2,300/sq mi (870/km2)

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Olathe (/oʊˈleɪθə/oh-LAY-tha) is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas, with a 2020 population of 141,290. Olathe was founded by Dr. John T. Barton in the spring of 1857. He rode to the center of Johnson County, and staked two quarter sections of land as the town site.[citation needed] He later described his ride to friends: "...the prairie was covered with verbena and other wild flowers. I kept thinking the land was beautiful and that I should name the town Beautiful."[citation needed] Purportedly, Barton asked a Shawnee interpreter how to say "Beautiful" in his native language. The interpreter responded, "Olathe."

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