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Shawnee, Kansas
—  City  —

Nickname(s): Gum Springs
Location in the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 39°0′46″N 94°45′57″W / 39.01278°N 94.76583°W / 39.01278; -94.76583
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
 - Mayor Jeff Meyers
 - Total 42.5 sq mi (110.2 km2)
 - Land 41.7 sq mi (108.1 km2)
 - Water 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Elevation 1,066 ft (325 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 59,252
 - Density 1,150/sq mi (444.0/km2)
  United States Census Bureau
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[1]
GNIS feature ID 0478925[2]

Shawnee is a city located in northwest Johnson County, Kansas, United States and is a western suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. The estimated 2006 population was 59,252. In 2008, Money Magazine ranked Shawnee, KS the 39th best place to live in the United States when comparing cities with population between 50,000 and 300,000. Shawnee's fur trading and pioneering heritage blends histories of these Kansas Territory townships: Monticello and Shawnee. Additionally, the Kempf Family Homestead and Dairy is a major source of local produce and works with local schools to encourage agricultural growth in the area.



Shawnee is located at 39°0′46″N 94°45′57″W / 39.01278°N 94.76583°W / 39.01278; -94.76583 (39.012767, -94.765818)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 42.5 square miles (110.2 km²), of which, 41.7 square miles (108.1 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (1.88%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 47,996 people, 18,522 households, and 13,243 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,149.7 people per square mile (444.0/km²). There were 19,086 housing units at an average density of 457.2/sq mi (176.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.35% White, 2.96% African American, 0.31% Native American, 2.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.87% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.36% of the population.

There were 18,522 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $59,626, and the median income for a family was $70,288 (these figures had risen to $71,512 and $85,320 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[4]). Males had a median income of $45,777 versus $31,428 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,142. About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.


The award-winning Johnson County Library provides access to ideas, information, experiences and materials that support and enrich people's lives. The Library includes 13 locations throughout Johnson County, including the Shawnee Library.



Cultural connections

JoCo Museum of History

Natural diversions

Sister cities


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
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