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Mission is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The population was 9,323 at the 2010 census.
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. The clear spring water rising to the surface in present-day Mission made it an ideal place to collect drinking water for horses and travelers. For years the area was owned as a homestead by the Breyfogel family, who subdivided their land into 245 lots and sold them off in the early 20th Century. The town grew up slowly in the 1920s and 1930s, benefiting from its close proximity to Kansas City, Missouri. After World War II however, the town grew rapidly amid the post-war housing boom, as young families from Kansas City purchased their first homes.
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.
Mission is located at 39°1′32″N 94°39′22″W (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.
As of the census of 2010, there were 9,323 people, 5,000 households, and 2,130 families residing 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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,727 people, 5,119 households, and 2,226 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,845.9 people per square mile (1,484.4/km²). There were 5,329 housing units at an average density of 2,107.0 per square mile (813.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.95% White, 3.78% African American, 0.33% Native American, 2.76% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.03% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.91% of the population. 25.6% were of German, 13.5% English, 12.9% Irish and 7.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 5,119 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.1% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.5% were non-families. 45.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.88 and the average family size was 2.70.
In the city, the population was spread out with 16.1% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 37.1% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
As of 2000 the median income for a household was $42,298, and the median income for a family was $59,328. Males had a median income of $37,544 versus $30,647 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,870. About 3.6% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.
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.
The City of Mission offers several assistance programs to help residents maintain the exteriors of their homes. These programs include Mission Possible, an effort to help elderly and disabled individuals remove dilapidated structures, physical barriers, and make basic repairs to their homes and property. The city also provides free paint and primer to low income residents to maintain the aesthetics of their homes.
Mission is a member of the national Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, an effort encouraging cities to reduce greenhouse emissions.
The 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.
Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Mission include:
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