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Merriam, Kansas

Merriam, Kansas
City
Motto: "Just Right"
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
Incorporated October 28, 1950
Government
 • Mayor Ken Sissom
Area[1]
 • Total 4.32 sq mi (11.19 km2)
 • Land 4.32 sq mi (11.19 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 909 ft (277 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 11,003
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 11,174
 • Density 2,500/sq mi (980/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 66202-66204
Area code(s) 913
FIPS code 20-46000[4]
GNIS feature ID 0479213[5]
Website Merriam.org

Merriam is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,003.[6] It is bordered by the cities of Overland Park to the east and south, Shawnee to the west, and Kansas City, Kansas to the north (in Wyandotte County); the city of Lenexa is less than a mile to the southwest. Merriam is included in the Shawnee Mission postal designation.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Economy 4
    • Top employers 4.1
  • Libraries 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Merriam was incorporated as a third class city on October 28, 1950, and established second class city status on January 18, 1957.[7]

The city was named in honor of Charles Merriam, a one-time secretary/treasurer of the then Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf railroad which ran through the area.[8][9]

Geography

Merriam is located at (39.020888, -94.693784).[10] The city straddles approximately three miles of Interstate 35 from less than a mile southwest of its junction with Interstate 635 south to 75th Street. Shawnee Mission Parkway, an east-west road, nearly bisects the city. U.S. Routes 59 and 69 follow the Interstate to the south of the city and follow Shawnee Mission Parkway to the east from its junction with the Interstate. Turkey Creek, following a roughly parallel path to the Interstate, flows through the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.32 square miles (11.19 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 11,003 people, 4,900 households, and 2,788 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,547.0 inhabitants per square mile (983.4/km2). There were 5,224 housing units at an average density of 1,209.3 per square mile (466.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.4% White, 6.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.9% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.7% of the population.

There were 4,900 households of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.1% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 37.4 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

2000 census

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[4] there were 11,008 people, 4,839 households, and 2,903 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,550.9 people per square mile (983.8/km²). There were 5,042 housing units at an average density of 1,168.4 per square mile (450.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.24% White, 4.02% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 2.09% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.41% of the population. The ancestral makeup was 21.9% German, 12.9% English, 11.5% Irish and 7.7% American.

There were 4,839 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household was $48,455, and the median income for a family was $54,639. Males had a median income of $37,358 versus $29,815 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,988. About 4.3% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Seaboard Corporation is based in Merriam.

IKEA announced the construction and opening of an IKEA store at Johnson Drive & Interstate 35. It will add between 200-500 jobs by Spring 2015.

Top employers

According to Merriam's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[12] the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Shawnee Mission Medical Center 2,700
2 GE Money 530
3 First Student 330
4 Hendrick Chevrolet/Toyota 281
5 Seaboard Corporation 190
6 Shawnee Mission School District 181
7 CarMax 149
8 The Home Depot 143
9 IBT 142
10 Aristocrat Motors 140

Libraries

Johnson County Library serves residents of Merriam. The library's Antioch branch is located at the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch road. At one time, this branch served as the headquarters for the library system.

References

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Our City". City of Merriam. Retrieved 2006-07-23. 
  8. ^ http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/johnson-county-kansas/15301
  9. ^ http://www.exploremerriam.com/MERRIAM/index.htm#History
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ City of Merriam CAFR

External links

Official sites
  • City of Merriam
  • Merriam Visitors Bureau
  • Merriam City Map, KDOT
History
  • Merriam historic walking path
  • Merriam Historic Sites & Markers
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