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The Kansas City Metro Posts Solid Population Growth

April 25, 2019

The Kansas City metro area added 16,392 new residents between 2017 and 2018 according to data released from the Census Bureau. This is the 30th largest increase among 53 large metro areas (those with 1 million or more people).

Southern metros saw the most growth. The Dallas-Ft. Worth area added a whopping 131,767 people over the same period, followed by Phoenix (96,268), Houston (91,689), Atlanta (75,702) and Orlando (60,045).

Large MSA (1 Million or More) Population Change 2017 -2018
MSA  2017 Population   2018 Population   Num. Growth  Pct. Growth
Dallas-Ft. Worth     7,407,944     7,539,711                 131,767 1.8%
Phoenix     4,761,694     4,857,962                   96,268 2.0%
Houston     6,905,695     6,997,384                   91,689 1.3%
Atlanta     5,874,249     5,949,951                   75,702 1.3%
Orlando     2,512,917     2,572,962                   60,045 2.4%
Seattle     3,884,469     3,939,363                   54,894 1.4%
Austin     2,115,230     2,168,316                   53,086 2.5%
Riverside     4,570,427     4,622,361                   51,934 1.1%
Tampa-St. Petersburg     3,091,225     3,142,663                   51,438 1.7%
Washington D.C.     6,200,001     6,249,950                   49,949 0.8%
Miami     6,149,687     6,198,782                   49,095 0.8%
Las Vegas     2,183,310     2,231,647                   48,337 2.2%
Charlotte     2,524,863     2,569,213                   44,350 1.8%
San Antonio     2,474,274     2,518,036                   43,762 1.8%
Denver     2,892,979     2,932,415                   39,436 1.4%
Minneapolis-St. Paul     3,592,669     3,629,190                   36,521 1.0%
Boston     4,844,597     4,875,390                   30,793 0.6%
Nashville     1,900,584     1,930,961                   30,377 1.6%
Jacksonville     1,504,841     1,534,701                   29,860 2.0%
Raleigh     1,334,342     1,362,540                   28,198 2.1%
Sacramento     2,320,381     2,345,210                   24,829 1.1%
Columbus     2,082,475     2,106,541                   24,066 1.2%
Portland     2,456,462     2,478,810                   22,348 0.9%
Indianapolis     2,026,723     2,048,703                   21,980 1.1%
San Francisco     4,710,693     4,729,484                   18,791 0.4%
Philadelphia     6,078,451     6,096,372                   17,921 0.3%
San Diego     3,325,468     3,343,364                   17,896 0.5%
Salt Lake City     1,205,238     1,222,540                   17,302 1.4%
Kansas City     2,127,259     2,143,651                   16,392 0.8%
Richmond     1,292,911     1,306,172                   13,261 1.0%
Oklahoma City     1,383,249     1,396,445                   13,196 1.0%
Tucson     1,027,502     1,039,073                   11,571 1.1%
Cincinnati     2,179,858     2,190,209                   10,351 0.5%
Grand Rapids     1,060,326     1,069,405                     9,079 0.9%
San Jose     1,993,582     1,999,107                     5,525 0.3%
Detroit     4,321,704     4,326,442                     4,738 0.1%
Louisville     1,292,809     1,297,301                     4,492 0.3%
Providence     1,617,057     1,621,337                     4,280 0.3%
Baltimore     2,798,587     2,802,789                     4,202 0.2%
Virginia Beach     1,724,876     1,728,733                     3,857 0.2%
Memphis     1,347,576     1,350,620                     3,044 0.2%
Birmingham     1,149,685     1,151,801                     2,116 0.2%
Milwaukee     1,575,151     1,576,113                        962 0.1%
Buffalo     1,129,660     1,130,152                        492 0.0%
New Orleans     1,270,465     1,270,399                         (66) 0.0%
St. Louis     2,805,850     2,805,465                       (385) 0.0%
Hartford     1,206,719     1,206,300                       (419) 0.0%
Rochester     1,071,589     1,071,082                       (507) 0.0%
Cleveland     2,058,549     2,057,009                   (1,540) -0.1%
Pittsburgh     2,330,283     2,324,743                   (5,540) -0.2%
Los Angeles   13,298,709   13,291,486                   (7,223) -0.1%
New York   19,998,951   19,979,477                 (19,474) -0.1%
Chicago     9,520,784     9,498,716                 (22,068) -0.2%

Kansas City’s growth was evenly split between natural growth (births minus deaths) and growth through immigration (both international and net domestic migration).

Pop Change by Source April 2019

This growth brings our 14-county metro population to a total of 2,143,651, making us the 31st largest metro in the U.S. Last year, Kansas City was the 30th largest, but Austin, Texas, pulled ahead by adding 53,086 residents.

Within the metro, Johnson County saw the most growth between 2017 and 2018, followed by Clay, Jackson, Platte and Cass counties. These five counties accounted for 96 percent of the metro’s growth.

Pop. 2017 Pop. 2018 Pop. Growth 2017-18 Share of Metro Growth
Johnson County, Kansas       591,284        597,555 6,271 38%
Clay County, Missouri       242,593        246,365 3,772 23%
Jackson County, Missouri       697,720        700,307 2,587 16%
Platte County, Missouri       101,219        102,985 1,766 11%
Cass County, Missouri       103,610        104,954 1,344 8%
Leavenworth County, Kansas         81,032          81,352 320 2%
Miami County, Kansas         33,413          33,680 267 2%
Linn County, Kansas            9,696            9,750 54 0%
Ray County, Missouri         22,839          22,883 44 0%
Caldwell County, Missouri            9,072            9,108 36 0%
Wyandotte County, Kansas       165,313        165,324 11 0%
Bates County, Missouri         16,310          16,320 10 0%
Lafayette County, Missouri         32,605          32,598 -7 0%
Clinton County, Missouri         20,553          20,470 -83 -1%
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