Kansas shows small population growth

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By: KAKE.com

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WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau has released new data on Kansas's population. And it shows the state's population is increasing slowly.

As of 2012, Kansas had an estimated 2,885,398 residents. The state added 1.1% more people from the 2010 Census to July 2012 - below the national growth rate of 1.7%.
The new numbers show 11 percent of Kansans call themselves Hispanic or Latino. That's well below the national 16.9%.

Wichita has been the largest city in Kansas for a long time. The new Census report shows as of 2012, the population was 385,577.

But Wichita's population isn't growing as fast as the state average. It's up 0.8% so far in this decade, compared with 1.1% statewide.
Wichita is behind the rest of Kansas in other things. The median household income is $46,218, about $5,000 below the state average. Also, home ownership in Wichita is at 61.6%, while the state stands at 68.2%.

We checked some other cities in KAKEland, and found one of the fastest-growing places is Dodge City. Its population is up nearly three percent so far this decade.

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