Olathe, Colorado

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Town of Olathe, Colorado
Town
Olathe in 2014.
Olathe in 2014.
Location in Montrose County and the state of Colorado
Location in Montrose County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°36′23″N 107°58′52″W / 38.60639°N 107.98111°W / 38.60639; -107.98111Coordinates: 38°36′23″N 107°58′52″W / 38.60639°N 107.98111°W / 38.60639; -107.98111
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Montrose
Incorporated (town) October 16, 1907[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Rob Smith
 • Interim Town Administrator Patty Gabriel
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [3] 5,358 ft (1,633 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,573
 • Density 1,210/sq mi (462.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 81425
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-55540
GNIS feature ID 0204746
Website [1]

Olathe is a Statutory Town in Montrose County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,573 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

Olathe is located at 38°36′23″N 107°58′52″W / 38.606450°N 107.981054°W / 38.606450; -107.981054.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of its land. It lays peacefully at the foot of a plateau . The San Juan mountains set south of the town like blue giants watching over the peaceful town. Good original adobies rest to the east, They once were the slick bottom of a great ocean and aren't really good for anything but dirt bikes, four wheeler's, and making Adobe clay.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,573 people, 520 households, and 383 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,186.8 people per square mile (456.6/km²). There were 571 housing units at an average density of 430.8 per square mile (165.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 74.44% White, 0.06% African American, 1.65% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 19.71% from other races, and 3.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.22% of the population.

There were 520 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.44.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,286, and the median income for a family was $31,354. Males had a median income of $22,708 versus $18,077 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,620. About 15.9% of families and 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 19.6% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

The closest airport served by scheduled airlines is Montrose Regional Airport, located 10 miles south of Olathe.

Major Highways[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival (OSCF)

Since 1992, this annual town festival[7] has been held the 1st Saturday in August each summer, dedicated to the region's "agricultural jewel", Olathe Sweet Corn. The Festival features such entertainment as craft shows, karaoke, local acts, like the Anders Brothers, and concerts by bigger names like Three Dog Night in 1996, Kansas in 1998, Styx in 2004, LeAnn Rimes in 2007, Travis Tritt in 2008, and Clint Black in 2009. Any proceeds go to local non-profit groups.

Olathe BMX

Established for the youth of Olathe by the Town of Olathe in 2007 and sanctioned by the American Bicycle Association www.ababmx.com, Olathe BMX is run on a purely volunteer basis. Olathe BMX has been self-supporting since its conception in 2007 and has produced several state champions. Currently almost half of the top 10 riders in district CO1 consider Olathe BMX their home track. For their full schedule go to www.olathebmx.com “Come Play in our Dirt”

Education[edit]

Olathe is part of the Montrose County School District RE-1J and has three schools within the town limits. Olathe elementary with a population of around 500 students supports grades K through 5th grade. The Middle school and high school are attached and create Olathe Middle High School. Even though the schools are combined together the 6th to 8th graders are safe from harm from any older students . At Olathe middle High school there are many options and activities to act in, choir, band, drama, shop, art, heath, Spanish, photography for the year books, basketball, softball, baseball, football, volleyball and wrestling . Olathe high school athletics have been very successful throughout the years winning several state championships in multiple sports and making the local Montrose paper . The schools have checks with cop dogs for drugs and illegal substances to make sure the schools stay drug free . The schools do not tolerate with bullies, cyber, physical, emotional, or of any kind. Its safe to say that the schools are a safe place.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 27, 2007. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

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