South Central Kansas Demographic Summary
South Central Kansas Region encompasses 10 counties with total 2015 population of 790,977 persons (27% of Kansas population.) The region contains 98 cities, towns and incorporated areas ranging in population from Wichita (pop. 389,965) to Freeport (pop. 5.) Regional population growth from 2000 to 2015 was 60,606 persons (8.3%.) Over 89% of residents age 25 and over are high school graduates, 8% hold associate degrees, 23% hold bachelor degrees or higher, and another 27% have some college credit. Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development & Business Research (CEDBR) projects regional population at 852,604 in 2040.
Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) encompasses Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Kingman and Sumner counties, and is the largest metro area in Kansas with 2017 population of 646,542 persons. Metro area population grew by 75,376 persons (13.2%) from 2000 to 2017. It is a relatively young population with a median age of 36.1 years (national median age 38.1 years.) About 84% of metro residents live in an urban setting.
Sedgwick County Demographics
Sedgwick County (pop. 513,687) is the central county of the MSA (79% of MSA population.) In addition to Wichita, Sedgwick County contains 19 smaller cities ranging in population from Derby (pop. 23,847) to Viola (pop. 124.) Sedgwick County’s population has increased by 14,294 persons (2.8%) since 2010. Wichita-Sedgwick County Metro Area Planning Department projects the county population to be 582,000 in 2035. The fastest growth has been among Asians and persons of Hispanic origin. Hispanic population growth was 16% from 2010 to 2014 compared to 11% nationally. Asian population growth was 7% compared to 11% nationally. Given higher growth rates for minority populations, the area is forecasted to become even more diverse.
Wichita (pop. 390,599) is the largest city in Kansas. A regional center of business, education, healthcare and entertainment, more than 1 million people live within 100 miles of Wichita and 755,000 reside within 50 miles. Wichita’s population has increased by 7,457 persons (2.0%) since 2010. The Planning Department's city population projection is 429,380 in 2035.