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Mission, Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Coordinates: 39°1′32″N 94°39′22″W / 39.02556°N 94.65611°W / 39.02556; -94.65611Coordinates: 39°1′32″N 94°39′22″W / 39.02556°N 94.65611°W / 39.02556; -94.65611
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
Incorporated 1951
Area
 • Total 2.68 sq mi (6.93 km2)
 • Land 2.67 sq mi (6.91 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,017 ft (310 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,954
 • Density 3,714/sq mi (1,436.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
66201, 66202, 66205, 66222
Area code 913
FIPS code 20-47225
GNIS ID 478926

Mission is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 9,954.

History

An Indian mission was established in 1829 at the town's site, hence the name of the later settlement.

The site where Mission now sits was once a rest stop for wagons moving westward on the Santa Fe Trail during the 19th Century.

In 2003, Mission absorbed the neighboring city of Countryside.

Today, the town retains this "post-war look," with small houses of different designs on large lots, in contrast to stereotypical neighborhoods of outer-ring suburbs.

Geography

Mission is located at 39°1′32″N 94°39′22″W / 39.02556°N 94.65611°W / 39.02556; -94.65611 (39.025572, -94.656056). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.68 square miles (6.94 km2), of which, 2.67 square miles (6.92 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 4,626
1970 8,376 81.1%
1980 8,643 3.2%
1990 9,504 10.0%
2000 9,727 2.3%
2010 9,323 −4.2%
2020 9,954 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010-2020

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,323 people, 5,000 households, and 2,130 families living in the city. The population density was 3,491.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,348.2/km2). There were 5,477 housing units at an average density of 2,051.3 per square mile (792.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.6% White, 5.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.9% Asian, 2.6% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.2% of the population.

There were 5,000 households, of which 18.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 57.4% were non-families. 46.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.69.

The median age in the city was 35.2 years. 16.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 36.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Libraries

The Johnson County Library Johnson County Library serves the residents of Johnson County, KS, including Mission, KS. It has thirteen locations county wide. JCL's Antioch Road location in Merriam, KS is just to the west and the Cedar Roe location in Roeland Park, Kansas is just to the north. However, the library does not have a location in Mission proper.

Economy

The agricultural and transport company Seaboard Corporation has corporate offices located just to the west of Mission in the city of Merriam. The United States Postal Service lumps many addresses in the Johnson County, KS suburbs under the combined name of "Shawnee Mission, Kansas", although this refers to a historical mission, Shawnee Methodist Mission. Shawnee is considerably larger than Mission and the postal name of Shawnee Mission applies to a far larger area and population than the combined total of just those two incorporated cities. The postal address of Seaboard's offices is "Shawnee Mission".

Radio station clusters owned by Cumulus Media and Entercom have their studios in Mission.

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Mission include:

  • Bart Evans (1947– ), polo player
  • Earl Eugene O'Connor (1922–1998), U.S. federal judge
  • James B. Pearson (1920–2009), U.S. Senator from Kansas
  • Michael Sull (1949– ), calligrapher
  • Grant Wahl (1974– ), sports journalist
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