Moving To Olathe, KS

Olathe, KS is located in Johnson County, to the south of other popular Kansas City suburbs like Overland Park, Merriam, Lenexa, and Shawnee. Although the commute into Kansas City is a bit further from Olathe than it is from the other suburbs, people choose to make their homes in Olathe for many reasons. This article examines some of the reasons why you might want to consider moving to Olathe, KS.
Mention Olathe, KS to someone who lives elsewhere in Johnson County and you may hear jokes about Olathe being the “poor” suburb or the “rural” suburb of Kansas City. But if these remarks were ever true, they certainly aren’t anymore. Olathe is enjoying a huge growth spurt, and many people who once scorned Olathe, KS are now packing up and going to live there.

What does Olathe have to offer? The list is almost endless.

The Price Is Right

Whether people are buying homes or renting apartments, Olathe, KS offers extremely reasonable mortgages and leases. For instance, a one bedroom apartment that would cost you well over $600 per month in Overland Park can usually be had for around for around $500/month in Olathe, KS.

Shopping

If shopping is your weakness, this is the right location for you. Olathe, KS is home to the Great Mall of the Great Plains, as well as several outdoor shopping areas with anchor stores like Old Navy, Borders Books, Fashion Bug, Home Depot, and Bloom Brother’s Furniture. Olathe is also home to several discount stores such as Wal-Mart and Target as well as several nationally known grocery chains (e.g., Price Chopper).

Employment

There are many employment opportunities located in Olathe. Some of the biggest employers include Honeywell, Olathe Medical Center, TransAm Trucking Inc, Garmin International, SYSCO Food Services, the Olathe School District, and of course the city of Olathe itself.

Olathe is also only a twenty to thirty minute drive from Kansas City, Missouri, where jobs are also easy to come by. Many people live in Olathe, KS and commute to Kansas City with no difficulty.

Excellent School System

Olathe School District 233 has received national recognition for its excellence in education, and their ACT and SAT scores exceed the national average. Olathe is also home to many private schools, most affiliated with different religions.

As far as colleges go, Olathe offers Mid America Nazarene University, a private four-year liberal arts college with a strong Christian emphasis.

Community Events

Olathe sponsors several events that allow you to get out and meet your neighbors. Different events include several marathons and walks for charitable causes, a summer concert series, a Civil War reenactment, a rousing Fourth of July Celebration, the Hidden Glen Arts Festival, and a spooky historic cemetery tour.

Faith Communities

Olathe, KS is home to several places of Christian worship. However, surrounding suburbs of Kansas City as well as the city itself offer Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques, Buddhist centers, and even Pagan/Wiccan groups.

More Information

If you’ve decided that Olathe, KS is the right community for you, you can go online to download the Official Relocation and Community Guide from the Olathe Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.olathe.org/docs/2007_Olathe_Community_Guide.pdf
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