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Kansas City Region Showing Balanced Growth

March 28, 2016

by Jeff Pinkerton

The Kansas City metro’s population now stands at 2,087,471, having added just over 16,000 new residents between 2014 and 2015 according to the latest Census estimates. This is a 0.8 percent growth rate, which ranks in 32nd place of the 53 metro areas with at least 1 million people.
Natural population growth (births minus deaths) makes up the bulk of the change, but the region also saw net growth due to migration, both from within the U.S. and internationally. In 2011 and 2012 the region actually had net negative domestic migration, so three years of growth here (albeit slight) is a positive sign.
2015 Pop Ch Pie
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates 2015
Bucking recent trends, population growth within the metro between 2014 and 2015 was fairly evenly split between Missouri (52 percent) and Kansas (48 percent). In 2011, the Kansas side of the metro captured 70 percent of the metro’s growth. The growth has been trending to more balance ever since.
2015 Pop Ch Line
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates 2015
At the county level, 38 percent of the growth occurred in Johnson County, Kansas, followed by Jackson County, Missouri, at 24 percent; Clay County, Missouri, at 14 percent; and Platte County, Missouri, and Wyandotte County, Kansas, at 8 percent each.
2015 Pop Ch Column
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates 2015

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  1. Terry A. permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:05 am

    For more detail:; then click on the “Population Estimates for States, Counties and Cities.”

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