Kansas Population 2013
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Kansas in 2013 was 2,888,905, which is ranked the 33rd largest population in the United States. This estimate shows a 1.1% increase since the last census in 2010, also conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The population density of the state is 35.1 people per square mile, ranked 40th largest density in the United States.
Kansas Population Expectancy
Based on a study done by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research, if the migration patterns remain the same in the state, then by the year 2040, the population will grow at an annual rate of 0.48% and reach approximately 3.24 million people in the state of Kansas. However, if there is no migration at all, then the population will increase at an average annual rate of 0.45% and reach approximately 3.22 million people.
Kansas Land Mass
The state of Kansas is approximately 400 miles long and 210 miles wide with a square area of 81,823 square miles, making it the 15th largest state in the Untied States. Of the 81,823 square miles, only 459 square miles are covered by water. The highest point in the state of Kansas is Mount Sunflower, which reaches 4,039 feet above sea level. The lowest point in the state is the Verdigris River, which reaches 679 feet above sea level. The geographic center of Kansas is in Barton County, northeast of the Great Bend. Kansas is bordered by four states in total: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Colorado.
Of the approximate 2.89 million people in the state of Kansas, about 50.3% of the population is female, while 49.7% is male. Also, approximately 87% of the population identifies as white (including Hispanic or Latino). But, out of that 82%, about 11% do identify as Hispanic or Latino and the other 71% as Caucasian. Those that identify as Black or African American make up only 6% of the entire population of the state of Kansas. The rest of the population is made up of those that identify as Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders, or those that identify as two or more races. These other races only account for approximately 7% of the entire population of the state of Kansas.
The population of Kansas identifies as religious at only a slightly higher percentage than the national average. About 51% of the state population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. Out of the 51%, about 15% identify as Roman Catholic, making it the largest denomination in the state of Kansas. Those that identify as Baptist make up the next largest denomination with about 10% out of the total 51%. Those that identify as some form of Christian denomination other than Catholic make up 35% out of the 51%. However, those that identify as a participant in a religion other than Christianity (Judaism, Islam, or Eastern religions) make up only about 1% out of the total 51%.
Experience the Natural Kansas
The trade, transportation, and utilities sector of the private sector is the largest employer in the state of Kansas. 23% of those employed in the state work for this sector. The next largest sector is education and health services at 17% of the employed population. However, those who work in the professional and business services and manufacturing sectors come in close to the education and health services sector at 15% and 14% respectively.
Over the last few years, Kansas’ unemployment rate has begun to decrease, along with the national unemployment rate. The Kansas unemployment rate has steadily been less than the national unemployment rate, except for 2004 and 2005 when they were about the same rate. The unemployment rate is projected to continue to decrease over the next year. Over the last year, there has been progress in terms of ratio of job seekers to job openings in the state of Kansas. The rate has improved from 3.2 job seekers for every job opening in Kansas to recently 2.5 job seekers for every opening in Kansas. The most vacant occupation in the state of Kansas is the combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food. It has the most vacancies over the other occupations by almost double. There are approximately 3,000 job openings for this field, compared to the next highest amount of vacancies, which is for waiters and waitresses, at about 1600 openings.