Shawnee, Kansas

Shawnee /ʃɔːˈn/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.[6] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 62,209 with a 2018 estimate of 65,845.[7][8]

Shawnee, Kansas

Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°0′46″N 94°45′57″W
CountryUnited States
  MayorMichelle Distler[1]
  Total42.86 sq mi (111.01 km2)
  Land41.85 sq mi (108.39 km2)
  Water1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
1,066 ft (325 m)
  Density1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
66203, 66214, 66216-20, 66226-27, 66299
Area code913
FIPS code20-64500
GNIS ID0478925 [5]


A Shawnee Indian mission had been established at the present site of Shawnee in 1831. Shawnee was laid out as a town in 1857.[9]

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.[10]


Shawnee is located at 39°0′46″N 94°45′57″W (39.012767, -94.765818).[11] 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.[12]


Historical population
Est. 201865,845[4]5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

Shawnee is the 7th largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.[14]

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.


Top employers

According to the town's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[15] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. 570
2 Bayer HealthCare, LLC-Animal Div 525
3 EC Manufacturing 400
4 Wal-Mart Super Center 380
5 IBT Inc 334
6 Shawnee, City of 275
7 Nazdar Industries 250
8 Hy-Vee Food Stores 245
9 McLane Food Service 226
10 Sweet Life at Rosehill, The 221


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.[16] The day-to-day operations are managed by the city manager.

Libraries and museums

A branch of the Johnson County Library serves the Shawnee mission area. The Library includes 13 locations throughout Johnson County, including the Shawnee Library.[17] Shawnee Town 1929 Museum and Wonderscope Children's Museum are also located within the city.[18][19][20]


Shawnee is in the Kansas City, Missouri television market. The Shawnee Dispatch was a weekly newspaper published by the Lawrence Journal-World and The World Company.[21] The Shawnee Dispatch ceased operation in November 2018.[22]


Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Shawnee include energy executive Linda Cook,[23] former Attorney General of Kansas Phill Kline,[24] comedian Chris Porter.[25]


  2. "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  9. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 682.
  10. "Best places to live". CNN. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  11. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. "Shawnee Mission Park". Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  13. United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  15. "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report City of Shawnee, Kansas Year Ended December 31, 2015" (PDF). Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  16. "City Government homepage". Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  17. "This is a test page....for maintaining redirects into our new web world". Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  18. "Old Shawnee Town Museum homepage".
  19. "Wonderscope homepage".
  20. Archived March 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  21. "the Shanwee Dispatch homepage". Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  22. Shawnee Dispatch Ceases Operation
  23. Chazan, Guy (2008-11-20). "Linda Cook - Executive Director, Gas & Power, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL". The 50 Women to Watch 2008. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  24. Mann, Fred (October 8, 2006). "Family, past shape Kline's efforts as attorney general," Wichita Eagle.
  25. "Chris Porter Bio". Retrieved 2016-01-21.

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