Olathe, Colorado

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Town of Olathe, Colorado
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]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Rob Smith
 • Interim Town Administrator Patty Gabriel
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,364 ft (1,634 m)
Population (2015)
 • Total 1,991
 • Density 1,327.3/sq mi (3,437.7/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.

A post office called Olathe has been in operation since 1896.[5] The community was named after Olathe, Kansas.[6]


Olathe is located at 38°36′23″N 107°58′52″W / 38.606450°N 107.981054°W / 38.606450; -107.981054.[7]

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 sit south of the town. Original adobes rest to the east. They once were slick like the bottom of an ocean and are commonly used for recreational vehicles like dirt bikes and four wheelers.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 458
1920 491 7.2%
1930 593 20.8%
1940 705 18.9%
1950 810 14.9%
1960 773 −4.6%
1970 756 −2.2%
1980 1,262 66.9%
1990 1,263 0.1%
2000 1,573 24.5%
2010 1,849 17.5%
Est. 2015 1,798 [8] −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] 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.


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

Major Highways[edit]


Olathe Sweet Corn Festival (OSCF)

Since 1992, this annual town festival[11] 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, Cabin Fever Band, 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”


Olathe is part of the Montrose County School District RE-1J and has three schools within the town limits. Olathe Elementary School has a population of around 500 students and supports grades K through 5. The middle school and high school are attached and create Olathe Middle High School.

See also[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. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 38. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

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