Living in Paola


Paola is a charming community with over 150 years of history. It is located about twenty minutes south of the Kansas City metropolitan area on US Highway 169 in Miami County, one of the fastest growing counties in Kansas. Paola is the County Seat for Miami County.

While in Paola, be sure to visit our beautiful Historic Downtown Park Square. In the 1800s the Park Square was a gathering place for the local Indian tribes, a track for horse racing, parades, celebrations, Patterson Circus performances, and simply a place to spend a great afternoon visiting with friends.
Park Square Businesses
Today the same historic square is used for the Roots Festival in August and special celebrations throughout the year such as the Paola Heartland Car Show and the Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Historic Park is also host to the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa and carriage rides through the historic streets lined with homes that date back to the mid 1800s.

In the center of our Historic Park Square you will find a picturesque fountain and an enchanting Victorian Gazebo. The Gazebo has seen many romantic weddings since its early beginnings. The original Gazebo was actually a Bandstand, and it was built in 1867. The current Gazebo was designed by architect, George Washburn, and completed in 1913. Paola's Downtown Square is flanked with unique shops and great restaurants.

In addition to our historic downtown, Paola boasts an additional business district along the Baptiste Drive corridor. Here you will find everything to stock your pantry at the Price Chopper or at the Super Wal-Mart. This district offers many solutions for your household and farm needs, a good selection of restaurants, and all of the other necessities of daily life - banks, insurance, real estate, automobile sales & service, and many others.
Miami County Medical Center
Paola is also home to several medical services providers as well as the Miami County Medical Center that is owned and operated by the Olathe Health Systems, Inc. This modern facility was completed in 1996 and continues to expand the quality services that it provides to our area.

No matter what your taste in housing, we have it. Paola has everything from stately Victorian gems to affordable starter homes. There are wonderful older, established neighborhoods and modern, new subdivisions. You are sure to find that perfect place to call home.

Great schools are important to any community, and we have them here in Paola. Paola Unified School District 368 has a wonderful reputation of providing a high quality education for our children. USD 368 has approximately 2,000 children enrolled in Kindergarten through High School. The district school facilities are newer, clean, and modern and provide a great learning atmosphere for students. Paola is also home to a satellite campus for Fort Scott Community College. FSCC offers flexible class options and schedules to meet your needs.

There are plenty of recreational and leisure activities to enjoy. Parks, lakes, fishing, swimming, camping, museums, festivals, and much more. Come, relax, enjoy - Paola has a proven past and a promising future.

Living in Paola
Paola USD 368 

Thank you to the Paola Chamber of Commerce for contributing to this article.