Kansas population growth lags neighbors, nation

Image shows Kansas population growth compared to neighbors.

By Adam Strunk

During the last decade, all of Kansas’ neighbors – outside Missouri grew at a faster rate in terms of population.

The U.S. Government released the results of the 2020 census this afternoon. Kansas has an official population of 2,937,800 people. That represents a three percent growth. The state ranks 34 in the country in terms of population. It also retained all of its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kansas population growth outpaced Missouri which grew by 2.8 percent.

Oklahoma grew by 5.5 percent over the past 10 years, Nebraska 7.4 percent, and Colorado 14.8 percent.

The U.S., as a whole, grew 7.4 percent in population.

Three states lost population, with West Virginia shrinking by 3.2 percent, Mississipi by .2, and Illinois by .1. Fourteen states in total grew at a slower rate than Kansas.
Population growth in the U.S. Slowed down in the past 10 years compared to the 2000-2010 period.

During that period the U.S. Grew at a rate of 9.7 percent. Kansas at that time period also grew at a faster rate of 6.1 percent.

As for House seats, Texas gained two, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, Oregon and Florida gained one.

California, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania lost a seat. And remember all those people who said to fill out your census because every person counted? They now have a shining example in New York State. The state lost a seat this year. The state of 19.45 million people needed just 89 more residents counted to keep its 27th seat in the U.S. House.

More census data will be released in the coming months, including city population totals. Look for additional articles when the info becomes available.

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