Topeka, Kansas

The capital city of Kansas is Topeka (in the above picture). This state is the 13rd largest (81,759 square miles) and the 34th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. Black or African American is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Kansas is management and professional (35.60%), followed by sales and office (24.70%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Kansas is also known as the America’s Bread Basket, Home of Beautiful Women, Central State and Sunflower State
  2. Kansas has one of the highest number of storm events (2,739 whilst national average 1,137)
  3. Kansas has one of the lowest number of homeless people (0.07% compared to country average 0.21%)
  4. Kansas has one of the lowest death rate resulting from storm events (0 compared to country average 11)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Kansas population was 2,893,957 which ranks the 34th among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Kansas is Wichita. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.

Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 1.40%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Kansas population represents only 0.92% of the USA’s whole population as featured in the following chart.

Kansas total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Kansas (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 87.10%
  • Black or African American 6.20%
  • Asian ethnicity 2.70%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.70%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 1.20%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Kansas population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Kansas population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.90% of Kansas population are under 5 years old, 25.00% are under 18 years and 14.00% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 10.90% of Kansas population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 50.20% which is slightly more than male population. Kansas female population number ranks the 39th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Kansas and the USA.

Female and male population in Kansas vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 89.70%, this is higher than national median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 30.00% which is higher than national average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 68.20%, higher than national median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 13.20%, lower than US average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Kansas Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 2.31% of total land area
  • Kansas has less population density than the USA average (34.9 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Kansas is lower by .14 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Kansas land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Kansas USA
Land area (square miles) 81,758.72 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 34.9 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 78.7 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Kansas unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 4.40% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Kansas is $7.25 per hour, which ranks the 27th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Kansas based on Census 2010
Occupation Kansas USA
Management or professional-related job 35.60% 34.90%
Service-related job 15.90% 17.10%
Sales and office job 24.70% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.70% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 9.50% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 13.60% 12.50%
Comparison of Kansas Occupation Types to USA Average

In terms of travel time to work, workers in Kansas usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Kansas was 18.9 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 2.40%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.90%, same as national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 2.00%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms S, higher than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 2.40%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 27.50%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. These highlight which specific business area Kansas is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Kansas USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 76,751,828 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 45,863,865 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 34,538,332 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 4,192,347 613,795,732
Kansas Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $12,444.00, which is lower than national average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Kansas was 6,252.
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