The Atchison community offers a variety of educational opportunities from PK-college in both public and private institutions. In addition to USD 409, there are two parochial PK-8 facilities (Catholic and Lutheran) and two excellent college prep high schools. Post-secondary opportunities include Highland Community College and Benedictine College.
There are many beautiful historic homes in Atchison, with nearly 40% of Atchison homes having been constructed in 1939 or earlier. There are also several great neighborhoods with newer, above-average value homes and even downtown living options in lofts and apartments in the city center.
Over the past decade, the City has been fairly aggressive with demolition of homes that no longer met City standards. The City encourages new development in these lots order to fill the ‘holes’ created by the demolition program to ensure the neighborhoods retain their cohesiveness and charm.
According to the 2008-2012 Census, the median home value estimate for owner-occupied homes in Atchison is $84,400.
Atchison provides many opportunities for its community members. A new sports complex was built in 2010 which includes baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields. The YMCA provides many programs, and opened a new $12M facility in 2017. The award-winning riverfront area offers a walking trail, park, and fountain.
Finding ways to “engage citizens and hear the needs of the whole community” is a stated goal of the Atchison City Commission. During the development of the 2016-2030 Comprehensive Plan, the community was polled to get feedback on their vision of Atchison’s future. Better, higher paying industrial employment opportunities, a more robust downtown retail sector, expanded quality of life amenities through public parks and community facilities, improved pedestrian connectivity, and better neighborhood aesthetics were all common responses.
Atchison has a reputation of being a very community-driven city and there are many community groups available for residents to join to get involved.