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Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Olathe is approximately 1,764 (2009), 1849 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 571 (2000), 589 (2010).
The amount of land area in Olathe is 3.4 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Olathe is 1.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Olathe to Washington DC is 1756 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 193 miles. (as the crow flies)
Olathe is positioned 38.60 degrees north of the equator and 107.98 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Olathe elevation is 6,346 feet above sea level.
Olathe per capita income is $ 15,713 (2009).
Olathe median income is $ 31,074 (2009).
The Olathe median home price is $ 135,712 (2009).
Olathe average annual snowfall is 21 inches per year.


in southwestern Colorado about 173 miles from Colorado Springs. Other nearby communities include: Delta, Montrose, Orchard City, Hotchkiss, Cedaredge, Crawford, Paonia and Loghill Village.
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moderate with mild winters and warm summers combined with cool summer evenings. In the winter, the average temperature is 29.1 degrees F. with summers offering a refreshing 73.3 degrees F. as an average temperature.
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History & History Related Items

When the Rio Grande Railroad built their lines through western Colorado, a section house they found was named Colorow after a Native American Ute Indian Chief. However, they later learned he was not a Ute, but a Comanche. When the first Post office was opened in that section house, theynamed it after the post master, a Mr. Brown. The small local community felt it was confusing to have one name for the town and one for the post office so they voted to choose just one name. The new railroad agent there, a Mr. Finney, suggested Olathe after the town he had come from. When the vote was taken, Olathe had won. An interesting fact is that Olathe is a Shawnee word for Beautiful, but the local Indians are the Utes.
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The incorporation of Olathe

16 October 1907


Olathe Sweeet Corn Festival - held every year in August.

The Olathe area abounds in recreational opportunities year-round with both summer and winter opportunities. The San Juan Mountains to the south are a haven for hikers and outdoorsmen. Olathe is just about 20 miles from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. To the north is Grand Mesa with the world's largest flat top mountain.
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Olathe Chamber

Olathe Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 106
Olathe, CO 81425

Olathe Organizations

Olathe Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 106
Olathe, CO 81425

Olathe Schools

Montrose & Olathe Schools
126 South 5th Street
PO Box 10,000
Montrose, CO 81402
Phone: 970.249.7726 Olathe


The population of Olathe was:
1990 - 1,263
2000 - 1,573
2009 - 1,764

Median age:
2000 - 31 years

Population Density:
2000 - 1,210 persons per square mile

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 491
2000 - 571

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 26,286
2009 - $ 31,074

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 12,620
2009 - $ 15,713

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 78,100
2009 - $ 135,712

Olathe is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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