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Shawnee, Kansas


Shawnee, Kansas

Shawnee, Kansas
Official seal of Shawnee, Kansas
Nickname(s): Gum Springs
Motto: "Good Starts Here"
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
 • Mayor Michelle Distler[1]
 • Total 42.86 sq mi (111.01 km2)
 • Land 41.85 sq mi (108.39 km2)
 • Water 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
Elevation 1,066 ft (325 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 62,209
 • Estimate (2013)[4] 64,323
 • Density 1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 66203, 66214, 66216-20, 66226-27, 66299
Area code(s) 913
FIPS code 20-64500
GNIS feature ID 0478925[5]

Shawnee is a city located in northwest Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 62,209.[6]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
  • Government 4
  • Libraries and museums 5
  • Media 6
  • Schools 7
  • Notable people 8
  • Sister cities 9
  • References 10
  • Further reading 11
  • External links 12


A Shawnee Indian mission had been established at the present site of Shawnee in 1831. Shawnee was laid out as a town in 1857.[7]

In 2010, Shawnee was recognized by Money Magazine in its annual "Best Places To Live" survey, placing 17th in the United States ranking. Shawnee was recognized for its affordable housing, air quality index, and median commute time.[8]


Shawnee is located at (39.012767, -94.765818).[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 42.86 square miles (111.01 km2), of which, 41.85 square miles (108.39 km2) is land and 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) is water.[2]

Shawnee Mission Park is a 1,600-acre (6.5 km2) park that includes a 120-acre (0.49 km2) lake.[10]


According to the 2007-2009 American Community Survey (2) the median income for a household in the city was $71,705, and the median income for a family was $86,408. Males had a median income of $55,222 versus $41,960 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,502. About 3.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 62,209 people, 23,651 households, and 16,876 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,463.7 people per square mile (564.4/km²). There were 24,954 housing units at an average density of 587.1 per square mile (226.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.3% White, 5.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.5% of the population.

There were 23,651 households of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11 persons.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.4 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.


Shawnee has a council–manager government. Mayor and councilmembers are elected to four year terms. Each ward has two representatives whose terms are staggered by two years. However, the elections of April 2010 and 2012 will serve for three years.[13] The day-to-day operations are managed by the city manager.

Libraries and museums

JoCo Museum of History

A branch of the Johnson County Library serves the Shawnee mission area. The Library includes 13 locations throughout Johnson County, including the Shawnee Library.[14] Shawnee Town 1929 Museum, Wonderscope Children's Museum, and the Johnson County Museum are also located within the city.[15][16][17]


Shawnee is in the Kansas City television market

The Shawnee Dispatch is a weekly newspaper,[18] published by the Lawrence Journal-World and The World Company.


Notable people

Sister cities


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  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 682. 
  8. ^ "Best places to live".  
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  10. ^ "Shawnee Mission Park". Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^  
  13. ^ "City Government homepage". Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "This is a test page....for maintaining redirects into our new web world". Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Old Shawnee Town Museum homepage". 
  16. ^ "Wonderscope homepage". 
  17. ^ [2] Archived February 2, 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "the Shanwee Dispatch homepage". Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  19. ^ OSUAD. "Ohio State Department of Athletics Website". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  20. ^ Chris Wristen. "Not Your Typical All American". Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  21. ^ "'"Interview: Carter Williams talks 'Survivor: Philippines. HITFIX. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 

Further reading

  • History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
  • Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)

External links

  • City of Shawnee
  • SACC: Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • SEDC: Shawnee Economic Development Council
  • Shawnee City Map, KDOT
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