Climate & Geography
Olathe is a city on the Kansas-Missouri border, right along the Missouri River. Summers are hot and humid while the winters are very cold, dry and windy. Residents can expect less snow than the national average and about 200 sunny days a year.
The city is home to many rolling hills, small bodies of water, and forests as well as areas with flat, rural farmland.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents of Olathe have plenty of opportunities to interact with nature. Some of these are prominent attractions during the warmer seasons such as Ernie Miller Nature Center, Heritage Park, and Kill Creek Park. Those looking for scenic landscapes while grabbing a drink can visit Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery.
Aside from their outdoor locations, Olathe is also known for their historic collections which can be found at Mahaffie Farm Historical Site, Kansas City Automotive Museum and antique shops. Also, residents of Olathe are within driving distance of Kansas City where they can find a variety of larger city amenities.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Olathe is slightly higher than state and national averages. This is due to the housing cost which is above the U.S median.
In Kansas, military, federal government and in-state public pensions are exempt from state income taxes. Also, Kansas offers two programs that active adults may qualify for which could reduce their property tax burden. However, income from private retirement plans, out-of-state public pensions and Social Security benefits, are all taxable. The sales tax rate in Kansas is 6.5 percent and Olathe does add a 2.98 percent tax on that rate.
There are four highly rated hospitals and medical centers, within a 10 mile radius of Olathe. They are Olathe Medical Center, St. Luke’s South Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. Shawnee Mission Medical Center is ranked the 3rd best hospital in Kansas, and rated high performing in lung surgery and three other adult procedures by U.S News.