New Census Estimates Show a Growing KC Metro
by Jeff Pinkerton
The Kansas City metro area added 15,783 new residents between July 2012 and July 2013 according to newly released census estimates. This puts the total population at 2,054,473, which makes it the 30th largest metro in the country. The 15,783 increase also marks the largest annual growth figure so far this decade. The increase from 2010 to 2011 was 11,102; from 2011 to 2012, the metro grew by 13,897).
The vast majority (11,625) of Kansas City’s new population is a result of natural growth (births minus deaths). The rest (3,890) is due to migration. Within this migration number, 3,119 was international migration, while 771 was domestic migration. This domestic migration figure is very modest, but it does mark a turnaround from the 2011-12 estimates, when Kansas City lost more than 1,000 residents to domestic migration.
Population Change within the Metro
Looking under the hood, we can see which counties within the metro garnered the largest population increases between 2012 and 2013. Not surprisingly, Johnson County continues to be the population growth leader in the region. Johnson County’s population growth of 7,097 accounted for 45 percent of the metro’s total. Incidentally, Johnson County accounted for 83 percent of the entire state of Kansas’ growth over the period. Wyandotte County contributed an additional 1,209 residents (8 percent of the metro total).
On the Missouri side, the Northland grew by 4,021 (2,834 in Clay County and 1,187 in Platte). Combined, they accounted for 26 percent of the region’s growth. Jackson County, the largest county in the metro, added 2,752 new residents, or 17 percent of the metro’s total change.