(Topeka, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) A decades-long decline in population is likely to continue in Kansas, according to a study by Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research.
Census figures have detailed the decline for years, most recently showing that 77 Kansas counties lost population in the last decade. 41 Kansas counties peaked in 1910 or earlier and 28 counties haven’t recorded a population increase from one census to the next since 1940. The study projects that 83 counties, would continue to lose population through 2040. In the western half of the state, only Ford, Ellis and Hamilton counties could be expected to grow.