Paola, Kansas

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Paola, Kansas
Downtown Paola (2009)
Downtown Paola (2009)
Location within Miami County and Kansas
Location within Miami County and Kansas
KDOT map of Miami County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°34′25″N 94°52′24″W / 38.57361°N 94.87333°W / 38.57361; -94.87333Coordinates: 38°34′25″N 94°52′24″W / 38.57361°N 94.87333°W / 38.57361; -94.87333
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyMiami
Incorporated1855
Government
 • MayorArtie Stuteville
Area
 • Total5.32 sq mi (13.78 km2)
 • Land4.90 sq mi (12.69 km2)
 • Water0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
Elevation
915 ft (279 m)
Population
 • Total5,602
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
5,568
 • Density1,100/sq mi (410/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66071
Area code913
FIPS code20-54250 [4]
GNIS ID0479745 [5]
Websitecityofpaola.com

Paola /pˈlə/ is a city in Miami County, Kansas, United States. It is also the county seat.[6] In 2010, 5,602 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

At the start of the 19th century, the area was mostly controlled by the Osage people.

Settlement of the area happened when Kaskaskia, Peoria, Wea, and Piankeshaw tribes were forced to move to the area between 1827 and 1832.[8] These created the Confederated Allied Tribe. It was led by Baptiste Peoria, who was of both French and Indian ethnicity. They called their settlement Peoria Village.[9]

In 1912, James Patterson moved to Paola. He did this to create his winter headquarters for his traveling circus. It was called the Patterson Circus. The circus continued until 1927. A wall mural about it is at 106 W. Peoria. The Patterson's home is still in Paola on the 600 block of north Mulberry. It is the only remaining building from the circus winter headquarters.[10]

Geography[change | change source]

Paola is at 38°34′25″N 94°52′24″W / 38.57361°N 94.87333°W / 38.57361; -94.87333 (38.573599, -94.873456).[11] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 5.32 square miles (13.78 km2). Of that, 4.90 square miles (12.69 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[change | change source]

Paola has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Paola has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18701,811
18802,31227.7%
18902,94327.3%
19003,1446.8%
19103,2072.0%
19203,2381.0%
19303,70214.3%
19403,511−5.2%
19503,97213.1%
19604,78420.4%
19704,622−3.4%
19804,557−1.4%
19904,6983.1%
20005,0116.7%
20105,60211.8%
Est. 20165,568[3]−0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Aerial view of Paola (2013)

2010 census[change | change source]

In 2010, there were 5,602 people, 2,173 households, and 1,407 families living in Paola.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Fort Scott Community College campus in Paola (2008)
  • USD 368 offers education to children in grades K-12 with some education opportunities for adults as well.
    • Cottonwood Elementary (grades K-2)
    • Sunflower Elementary (grades 3-5)
    • Hillsdale Elementary (grades K-5) (closed)[13]
    • Paola Middle School (grades 6-8)
    • Paola High School (grades 9-12)
    • Paola Adult Education Center[14]
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School is a private school offering education for grades kindergarten through eight.
  • Fort Scott Community College is a community college with a satellite campus in Paola.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Paola History". Paola Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  9. "Miami County 2009 Visitors Guide", pages 13-15
  10. "The Patterson Circus". Miami County Historical Museum. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  11. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. Climate Summary for Paola, Kansas
  13. KC, Fox4. "Fox 4 KC Paola School Closure". Retrieved 12 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  14. "Paola USD #368". Paola USD # 368. Retrieved 2009-12-02.

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