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Shawnee, Kansas
Official seal of Shawnee, Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Johnson
 • Total 42.86 sq mi (111.01 km2)
 • Land 41.98 sq mi (108.72 km2)
 • Water 0.89 sq mi (2.30 km2)
1,066 ft (325 m)
 • Total 67,311
 • Density 1,570.49/sq mi (606.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
66203, 66214, 66216-20, 66226-27, 66299
Area code 913
FIPS code 20-64500
GNIS ID 478925

Shawnee is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 67,311.


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

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.


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). 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.

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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 553
1940 597 8.0%
1950 845 41.5%
1960 9,072 973.6%
1970 20,946 130.9%
1980 29,653 41.6%
1990 37,993 28.1%
2000 47,996 26.3%
2010 62,209 29.6%
2020 67,311 8.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

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

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.

Libraries and museums

Johnson County Museum of History Entry sign, Shawnee, Kansas, USA
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. Shawnee Town 1929 Museum, Wonderscope Children's Museum, and the Johnson County Museum are also located within the city.

Sister cities

  • 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)


Top employers

According to the town's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. 575
2 Bayer HealthCare, LLC-Animal Div 550
3 First Student 400
4 Shawnee, City of 330
4 Wal-Mart Super Center 300
5 Nazdar Industries 280
7 Hy-Vee Food Stores 250
8 KU MedWest 225
9 Target Super Store 190
10 Kraft Tool Company 180

Notable people

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

See also

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