Census causes depopulation concerns

WICHITA, Kansas — According to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau that was released Thursday, more people are moving out of Kansas than moving in.

The Census shows that from 2010 through 2013, more than 10,000 people left the Sunflower State. The county that has taken the biggest hit is Sedgwick, where more than 5,000 people moved out since 2010; half of the overall total.

The state of Kansas has experienced a steadily declining population for decades, making depopulation a rising concern. Impacts of the decreasing population include a decreased tax base, meaning fewer resources for state and local municipalities, more challenges to maintain schools and funding and the potential to lose private businesses. Also, the decrease can ultimately result in local governments being forced to raise taxes on residents.

In 2010, Sedgwick County’s population was nearly 500,000. By 2013, the county grew by more than 6,000. That’s because more than 25,000 people were born in the county since 2010 and a little more than 13,000 people died. With the number of people who moved away, that’s still an increase in the overall population.

To learn more and read the Census’ report you can follow this link.

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