South Central Kansas Demographic Summary
South Central Kansas Region encompasses 9 counties with total 2012 population of 755,089 persons (26% of Kansas population.) The region contains 98 cities, towns and incorporated areas ranging in population from Wichita (pop. 385,577) to Freeport (pop. 5.) Regional population growth from 2000 to 2012 was 54,272 persons (7.7%.) Nearly 89% of residents age 25 and over are high school graduates, 7% hold associate degrees, 18% hold bachelor degrees, more than 8% have advanced degrees and another 26% 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 2012 population of 636,105 persons. Metro area population grew by 56,266 persons (9.7%) from 2000 to 2012. It is a relatively young population with 2012 median age of 35.3 years (national median age 37.4 years.) About 75% of metro residents live in an urban setting.
Sedgwick County Demographics
Sedgwick County (pop. 503,889) 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. 22,943) to Viola (pop. 131.) Sedgwick County’s population has increased by 51,020 persons (11.3%) since 2000. Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research has projected county population to be 606,752 in 2040. The fastest growth has been among Asians and persons of Hispanic origin. Hispanic population growth was 54% from 2000 to 2012 compared to 50% nationally. Asian population growth was 40% compared to 75% nationally. Given higher growth rates for minority populations, the area is forecasted to become even more diverse.
Wichita (pop. 385,577) 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 758,000 reside within 50 miles. Wichita’s population has increased by 41,293 persons (12%) since 2000. The Planning Department's city population projection is 429,380 in 2035.