Fastest-growing counties in Kansas

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September 23, 2021
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Fastest-growing counties in Kansas

From 2019 to 2020, the U.S. population grew by .35%, its slowest rate since 1900. Declining births, increasing deaths largely due to the graying Baby Boomer population, and a crackdown on immigration have contributed to many states seeing net population losses in recent years.

But in other pockets of the country, populations are growing. These shifts can be due to job opportunities, high quality of life, easy commutability to job centers, low rents, or any combination of these or other factors. Stacker compiled a list of the fastest-growing counties in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest population growth from 2010 to 2020.

A county typically sees population growth as a “bedroom community” (a municipality with an atypically large commuting population) to a large city. These communities are typically quieter than their feeder cities, offer lower rents and a higher quality of living, and are remote enough to be immune to the feeder city’s crime, traffic, and crowds. Keep reading to see if your home county made the list.

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#50. Woodson County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -237
--- #1,864 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -7.1%
--- #71 among counties in Kansas, #2,610 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,115
--- #79 largest county in Kansas, #2,952 largest county nationwide
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#49. Norton County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -233
--- #1,860 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -4.1%
--- #45 among counties in Kansas, #2,175 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,459
--- #64 largest county in Kansas, #2,781 largest county nationwide
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#48. Hodgeman County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -232
--- #1,859 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -11.9%
--- #101 among counties in Kansas, #2,941 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,723
--- #101 largest county in Kansas, #3,065 largest county nationwide
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#47. Coffey County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -227
--- #1,850 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -2.6%
--- #35 among counties in Kansas, #1,963 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 8,360
--- #46 largest county in Kansas, #2,550 largest county nationwide
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#46. Russell County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -224
--- #1,848 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -3.2%
--- #39 among counties in Kansas, #2,047 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 6,691
--- #54 largest county in Kansas, #2,684 largest county nationwide
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#45. Jewell County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -219
--- #1,842 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -7.0%
--- #69 among counties in Kansas, #2,598 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,932
--- #82 largest county in Kansas, #2,964 largest county nationwide
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#44. Gray County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -217
--- #1,840 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -3.7%
--- #42 among counties in Kansas, #2,118 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,653
--- #61 largest county in Kansas, #2,766 largest county nationwide
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#43. Kiowa County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -211
--- #1,833 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -7.9%
--- #76 among counties in Kansas, #2,684 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,460
--- #95 largest county in Kansas, #3,003 largest county nationwide
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#42. Linn County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -191
--- #1,800 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -2.0%
--- #34 among counties in Kansas, #1,868 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 9,591
--- #40 largest county in Kansas, #2,445 largest county nationwide
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#41. Comanche County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -176
--- #1,783 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -9.4%
--- #87 among counties in Kansas, #2,811 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,689
--- #102 largest county in Kansas, #3,068 largest county nationwide
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#40. Trego County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -171
--- #1,776 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.7%
--- #61 among counties in Kansas, #2,417 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,808
--- #84 largest county in Kansas, #2,975 largest county nationwide
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#39. Cheyenne County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -167
--- #1,770 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.0%
--- #62 among counties in Kansas, #2,457 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,616
--- #90 largest county in Kansas, #2,986 largest county nationwide
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#38. Lane County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -151
--- #1,753 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -8.8%
--- #80 among counties in Kansas, #2,753 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,574
--- #103 largest county in Kansas, #3,073 largest county nationwide
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#37. Edwards County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -145
--- #1,745 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -4.8%
--- #49 among counties in Kansas, #2,267 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,907
--- #83 largest county in Kansas, #2,965 largest county nationwide
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#36. Sheridan County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -131
--- #1,730 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.1%
--- #53 among counties in Kansas, #2,314 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,447
--- #96 largest county in Kansas, #3,005 largest county nationwide
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#35. Jackson County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -128
--- #1,724 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.0%
--- #27 among counties in Kansas, #1,712 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 13,232
--- #35 largest county in Kansas, #2,201 largest county nationwide
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#34. Wabaunsee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -127
--- #1,719 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.8%
--- #33 among counties in Kansas, #1,834 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 6,877
--- #53 largest county in Kansas, #2,668 largest county nationwide
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#33. Harvey County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -126
--- #1,718 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -0.4%
--- #24 among counties in Kansas, #1,624 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 34,024
--- #17 largest county in Kansas, #1,329 largest county nationwide
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#32. Hamilton County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -125
--- #1,714 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -4.7%
--- #48 among counties in Kansas, #2,263 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,518
--- #93 largest county in Kansas, #2,995 largest county nationwide
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#31. Stanton County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -113
--- #1,697 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.1%
--- #56 among counties in Kansas, #2,324 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,084
--- #99 largest county in Kansas, #3,034 largest county nationwide
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#30. Marshall County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -109
--- #1,692 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.1%
--- #28 among counties in Kansas, #1,735 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,038
--- #39 largest county in Kansas, #2,404 largest county nationwide
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#29. Ellsworth County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -100
--- #1,684 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.5%
--- #32 among counties in Kansas, #1,796 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 6,376
--- #55 largest county in Kansas, #2,708 largest county nationwide
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#28. Wichita County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -92
--- #1,675 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -4.1%
--- #46 among counties in Kansas, #2,178 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,152
--- #98 largest county in Kansas, #3,031 largest county nationwide
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#27. Sherman County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -75
--- #1,654 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.2%
--- #30 among counties in Kansas, #1,752 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,927
--- #58 largest county in Kansas, #2,740 largest county nationwide
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#26. Rawlins County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -33
--- #1,605 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.3%
--- #31 among counties in Kansas, #1,753 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,561
--- #92 largest county in Kansas, #2,990 largest county nationwide
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#25. Crawford County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -13
--- #1,580 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: 0.0%
--- #22 among counties in Kansas, #1,568 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 38,972
--- #11 largest county in Kansas, #1,202 largest county nationwide
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#24. Logan County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -12
--- #1,577 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -0.4%
--- #25 among counties in Kansas, #1,635 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,762
--- #86 largest county in Kansas, #2,979 largest county nationwide
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#23. Greeley County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -10
--- #1,575 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -0.8%
--- #26 among counties in Kansas, #1,683 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,284
--- #105 largest county in Kansas, #3,092 largest county nationwide
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#22. Gove County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -3
--- #1,567 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -0.1%
--- #23 among counties in Kansas, #1,581 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,718
--- #87 largest county in Kansas, #2,982 largest county nationwide
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#21. Kearny County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 17
--- #1,544 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +0.4%
--- #20 among counties in Kansas, #1,502 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,983
--- #74 largest county in Kansas, #2,891 largest county nationwide
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#20. Nemaha County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 20
--- #1,541 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +0.2%
--- #21 among counties in Kansas, #1,537 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,273
--- #38 largest county in Kansas, #2,393 largest county nationwide
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#19. Wallace County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 72
--- #1,487 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.0%
--- #11 among counties in Kansas, #936 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,512
--- #104 largest county in Kansas, #3,076 largest county nationwide
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#18. Franklin County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 155
--- #1,431 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +0.6%
--- #19 among counties in Kansas, #1,480 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 25,996
--- #22 largest county in Kansas, #1,558 largest county nationwide
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#17. Thomas County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 173
--- #1,416 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.2%
--- #17 among counties in Kansas, #1,263 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 7,930
--- #48 largest county in Kansas, #2,582 largest county nationwide
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#16. Scott County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 319
--- #1,321 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.6%
--- #8 among counties in Kansas, #796 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,151
--- #67 largest county in Kansas, #2,815 largest county nationwide
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#15. Ellis County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 895
--- #1,106 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.2%
--- #16 among counties in Kansas, #1,126 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 28,934
--- #21 largest county in Kansas, #1,457 largest county nationwide
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#14. McPherson County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,045
--- #1,069 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.6%
--- #15 among counties in Kansas, #1,079 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 30,223
--- #20 largest county in Kansas, #1,426 largest county nationwide
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#13. Ford County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,560
--- #961 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.8%
--- #12 among counties in Kansas, #963 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 34,287
--- #15 largest county in Kansas, #1,320 largest county nationwide
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#12. Miami County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,075
--- #893 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.5%
--- #9 among counties in Kansas, #807 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 34,191
--- #16 largest county in Kansas, #1,322 largest county nationwide
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#11. Finney County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,331
--- #851 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.5%
--- #10 among counties in Kansas, #808 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 38,470
--- #12 largest county in Kansas, #1,212 largest county nationwide
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#10. Butler County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,527
--- #820 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.9%
--- #14 among counties in Kansas, #1,045 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 67,380
--- #8 largest county in Kansas, #794 largest county nationwide
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#9. Riley County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,924
--- #775 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.2%
--- #13 among counties in Kansas, #1,006 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 71,959
--- #7 largest county in Kansas, #761 largest county nationwide
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#8. Shawnee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 3,372
--- #736 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.9%
--- #18 among counties in Kansas, #1,300 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 178,909
--- #3 largest county in Kansas, #375 largest county nationwide
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#7. Pottawatomie County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 4,567
--- #652 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +22.0%
--- #1 among counties in Kansas, #152 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 25,348
--- #24 largest county in Kansas, #1,586 largest county nationwide
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#6. Geary County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 6,202
--- #580 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +20.3%
--- #2 among counties in Kansas, #183 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 36,739
--- #13 largest county in Kansas, #1,262 largest county nationwide
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#5. Leavenworth County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 7,270
--- #542 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +9.7%
--- #4 among counties in Kansas, #575 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 81,881
--- #6 largest county in Kansas, #700 largest county nationwide
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#4. Douglas County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 9,733
--- #489 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.9%
--- #5 among counties in Kansas, #618 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 118,785
--- #5 largest county in Kansas, #529 largest county nationwide
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#3. Wyandotte County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 13,783
--- #403 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.9%
--- #6 among counties in Kansas, #624 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 169,245
--- #4 largest county in Kansas, #392 largest county nationwide
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#2. Sedgwick County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 37,701
--- #201 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +7.8%
--- #7 among counties in Kansas, #713 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 523,824
--- #2 largest county in Kansas, #137 largest county nationwide
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#1. Johnson County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 78,635
--- #96 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +14.8%
--- #3 among counties in Kansas, #320 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 609,863
--- #1 largest county in Kansas, #111 largest county nationwide

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