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Lenexa, Kansas

Lenexa, Kansas
City
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
Government
 • Mayor Michael Boehm
Area[1]
 • Total 34.45 sq mi (89.23 km2)
 • Land 34.10 sq mi (88.32 km2)
 • Water 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)  1.02%
Elevation 1,033 ft (315 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 48,190
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 50,344
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 66200-66299
Area code(s) 913
FIPS code 20-39350 [4]
GNIS feature ID 0479208 [5]
Website lenexa.com

Lenexa 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 48,190.[6] It is bordered by the cities of Shawnee to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the west and Olathe to the south.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
    • National Archives Facility 3.3
    • Largest employers 3.4
  • Arts and culture 4
  • Education 5
  • Notable people 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

History

In 1857, twelve years before the town of Lenexa was platted, James Butler Hickok staked a claim on 160 acres (0.65 km2) at what is now the corner of 83rd and Clare Road.[7]At about the same time, a census of the Shawnee Indians living in the area was being taken. One of the residents was listed as "Na-Nex-Se Blackhoof," the widow of Chief Blackhoof, who was the second signer of the 1854 treaty that ceded 1,600,000 acres (6,500 km2) of the Kansas Shawnee Indian reservation to the U.S. government. A few miles east in Westport, Missouri, was the start of the Old Santa Fe Trail. It meandered through the southeast part of Lenexa on its way to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Later, Hickok became a favorable new land laws. It later changed its name to Missouri River, Ft. Scott and Gulf Railroad, and in 1869 purchased a right-of-way from C.A. Bradshaw with the stipulation that the railroad build a depot on the property. Bradshaw then sold 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) to Octave Chanute, a railroad civil engineer, who platted a town in 1869. Legend states that the town was first proposed to be named 'Bradshaw', but he modestly refused and the name "Lenexa," a derivation of the name Na-Nex-Se, was adopted.

Geography

Lenexa is located at (38.964689, -94.759535).[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.45 square miles (89.23 km2), of which, 34.10 square miles (88.32 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics

The median income for a household was $61,990, and the median income for a family was $76,321 (these figures had risen to $70,246 and $86,581 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,495 versus $32,166 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,212. About 1.8% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 48,190 people, 19,288 households, and 13,065 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,413.2 inhabitants per square mile (545.6/km2). There were 20,832 housing units at an average density of 610.9 per square mile (235.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.4% White, 5.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.

There were 19,288 households of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.3% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 10.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

2000 census

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[4] there were 40,238 people, 15,574 households, and 10,559 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,173.8 people per square mile (453.2/km²). There were 16,378 housing units at an average density of 477.8 per square mile (184.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.50% White, 6.50% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 3.63% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, and 1.61% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.97% of the population. 24.8% were of German, 12.4% English, 12.1% Irish and 7.2% American ancestry.

There were 15,574 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

National Archives Facility

Lenexa is the home of a Records Center managed by the National Archives and Records Administration. The facility stores federal records from agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska including Department of Veterans Affairs and the Internal Revenue Service.[11] The facility is also known informally as "The Caves" and is known to store items from the trauma room at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead following his assassination.[12]

Largest employers

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the largest employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 United Parcel Service 2,095
2 Quest Diagnostics 1,794
3 ServiceMagic 1,500
4 JC Penney 1,005
5 Kiewit Power 750
6 T-Mobile 653
7 Gear for Sports 605
8 Deluxe 550
9 Lakeview Village 505

Arts and culture

Each June the city hosts "The Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle", which is also the Kansas State Championship. Lenexa was known as the "Spinach Capital of the World"[14] in the 1930s and celebrates with the Spinach Festival every September.

Lenexa is home to the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, a parish founded in Kansas City, Kansas in 1906 and moved to Lenexa in 2006. The parish constructed a new Byzantine style church and cultural center. The church hosts a SerbFest every year in the Summer and a Food Festival and Bazaar in the Fall.

Education

Lenexa does not have a public school district of its own. Instead, Lenexa students go to either Shawnee Mission School District, Olathe School District, or De Soto School District schools. It is also home to a handful of private schools. Lenexa's first high school, St. James Academy, opened in 2005. The Johnson County Library has a branch in Lenexa, the Lackman Library. Wichita based Friends University also has a branch in Lenexa as does Brown Mackie College.

Notable people

  • James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok - he staked a claim on 160 acres (0.65 km2) at what is now the corner of 83rd and Clare Road.[7] He worked as a stocktender at the nearby Reed Hotel and later was elected constable of Monticello Township. A park in his name is now in that area.
  • Jason Wiles - actor, director and producer. Starred as Maurice 'Bosco' Boscorelli (1999–2005) in the television series Third Watch.

See also

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. ^ a b "The Lenexa Police Department History" at the Wayback Machine (archived June 24, 2009).
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^  
  11. ^ "The National Archives in Lenexa, Kansas". National Archives. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Keen, Judy (November 20, 2009). "JFK Relics Stir Strong Emotions". USA Today. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  13. ^ City of Lenexa CAFR
  14. ^ Brackman, Barbara (1997). Kansas Trivia. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 10. 

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
  • City of Lenexa
  • Lenexa - Directory of Public Officials
Schools
  • De Soto School District
  • Olathe School District
  • Shawnee Mission School District
Maps
  • Lenexa City Map, KDOT
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