Kansas City, Missouri Population 2018

Kansas City is a 15-county metropolitan area that's anchored by Kansas City, Missouri. To make things confusing, however, the metropolitan area also includes Kansas City, Kansas, which is much smaller in size. This article will cover Kansas City, Missouri and the metropolitan area as a whole. The city is located on the border of Kansas and Missouri and it's the second largest metropolitan area in the state after Greater St. Louis.

Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the state and its population is estimated at 466,600.

The estimated 2013 population of Kansas City, Missouri is 466,600, which is up slightly from the 2010 census population of 459,787. The city has a greater density than the metropolitan area as a whole at 1,472 people per square mile (569/square kilometer).

The most densely populated area is within the Historic Kansas City boundary with about 58 square miles of area and a density of around 5,000 people per square mile. The urban core of the city has dropped in population continually for the past 13 years, while only a few areas -- especially the Greater Downtown area in the city center -- have gained population. The greatest growth has been in the Northland area.

Kansas City Metropolitan Area

The Kansas City metropolitan area (or just KC) has a population of 2.34 million people. MC has an area of 7,952 square miles, which means its density is 260 people per square mile (100/square kilometers).

Located on the border of Kansas and Missouri, KC spreads over 15 counties in both states. Kansas City, Missouri is the anchor city with a population of 466,600, but cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants include:

  • Overland Park, Kansas: 179,000
  • Kansas City, Kansas: 147,000
  • Olathe, Kansas: 130,000
  • Independence, Missouri: 117,000
  • Lee's Summit, Missouri: 93,000
  • Shawnee, Kansas: 64,000
  • Blue Springs, Missouri: 53,000
  • Lenexa, Kansas: 50,000

Johnson County, Kansas (JoCo) makes up the southwestern area of the metro and includes Overland, Lenexa, Olathe and Shawnee. Wayandotte County, Kansas (The Dotte) is on the western side and it contains Kansas City, Kansas. Leavenworth County, Kansas is just outside the Kansas City area but it is included in the 15-county metropolitan area. Kansas City, Missouri is in the center of the metropolitan area.

The Kansas City metropolitan area also includes many suburbs and cities, the largest of which are Overland Park, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; and Indepedence, Missouri, all of which have over 100,000 people each.

Kansas City Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Kansas City, Missouri was:

  • White: 59.2% (non-Hispanic: 54.9%)
  • Black or African American: 29.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 10%
  • Other race: 4.5% (mostly Latino)
  • Two or more races: 3.2%
  • Asian: 2.5%
  • Native American: 0.5%
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.2%

Kansas City is home to the second largest Sudanese population in the United States. Its Hispanic and Latino population, mostly from Central America and Mexico, is spread throughout the metropolitan area with the greatest concentration southwest of downtown and in the northeast area of Kansas City. The Asian population, meanwhile, is mostly from Southeast Asia and is heavily concentrated around the Columbus Park area of Greater Downtown.

Kansas City is also home to a large Irish-American community of about 250,000. This community has many bookstores, Browne's Irish Market and numerous newspapers. This large population means that 1 in 2 people in Kansas City have Irish ancestry.

Kansas City Population Growth

Kansas City has already outgrown Missouri's previously largest city, St. Louis. St. Louis has been slowly fading, losing 538,000 people from 1950 (when it was the 8th largest city) to 2010 (when it was the 58th largest). Still, St. Louis does have the largest metropolitan area in the state, but this will probably change in the future.

Kansas City has put a lot of emphasis on encouraging entrepreneurs in the area, and it's been increasing its funding of the arts and boosting spending on road repairs and park maintenance. Kansas City now makes up 23% of the KC metroplitan area's population, and the region's growth rate was at a very healthy 11% from 2000 to 2010.

It's hard to say what Kansas City will look like in the coming decades, but its growth is healthy and it is growing twice as fast as nearby St. Louis.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017488,9436,8251.42%
2016482,1186,8081.43%
2015475,3104,3690.93%
2014470,9413,5690.76%
2013467,3722,7840.60%
2012464,5882,3690.51%
2011462,2191,4850.32%
2010460,73419,1890.43%
2000441,5456,3990.15%
1990435,146-12,882-0.29%
1980448,028-59,302-1.24%
1970507,33031,7910.65%
1960475,53918,9170.41%
1950456,62257,4441.35%
1940399,178-568-0.01%
1930399,74675,3362.11%
1920324,41076,0292.71%
1910248,38184,6294.25%
1900163,75231,0362.12%
1890132,71676,9319.05%
188055,78523,5255.63%
187032,26027,84222.00%
18604,4180.00%

Kansas City Population in 2018Source: Hngrange [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White283,530
Black or African American137,311
Some Other Race20,606
Two or More Races15,730
Asian12,124
American Indian and Alaska Native1,844
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander622

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Kansas City Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Kansas City Median Age

35.3


Total

34.4


Male

36.1


Female

Kansas City Adults

There are 361,374 adults, (57,084 of which are seniors) in Kansas City.

Kansas City Age Dependency

55

Age Dependency Ratio

18.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Kansas City Sex Ratio

Female

242,907

51.49%

Male

228,860

48.51%

Kansas City Households and Families

Kansas City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Kansas City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.3%20.7%
All53.7%46.3%
Male45.9%54.1%
Non Family40.1%59.9%
Female37.1%62.9%

53.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Kansas City Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All196,4162.3653.7
Non Family88,8041.2740.1
Married69,0913.1679.3
Female28,8423.4137.1
Male9,6793.445.9

3.14

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

6.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Kansas City Households

Kansas City Education

Kansas City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,4803.63%
9th to 12th Grade22,8697.23%
High School Graduate83,80626.48%
Some College71,15622.48%
Associates Degree22,7597.19%
Bachelors Degree65,62120.73%
Graduate Degree38,81312.26%

Kansas City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White192,008180,63181,568
Black85,05772,74112,912
Hispanic25,65617,4924,260
Other Race11,3366,7041,352
Asian7,8396,0493,584
Multiple Races6,0615,3401,995
Native American1,3831,113226
Islander386320139

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.07%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 45.72%.

Kansas City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,105$40,963$31,868
Less Than High School$19,372$22,128$15,996
High School Grad$26,851$30,478$23,075
Some College$32,959$39,390$29,140
Bachelors Degree$47,137$54,348$42,182
Graduate Degree$56,684$64,514$51,877

$36,105

Average Earnings

$40,963

Average Male

$31,868

Average Female

Kansas City Language

Kansas City Language by Age

Kansas City Language

88.51% of Kansas City residents speak only English, while 11.49% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.53% of the population.

Kansas City Poverty

Kansas City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black134,91441,31230.62%
White255,67525,91210.13%
Hispanic46,81112,61126.94%
Other20,3607,23335.53%
Multiple15,5012,83018.26%
Asian11,8932,44920.59%
Native1,78854030.20%
Islander60512420.50%

18.34%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.83%

Male Poverty Rate

19.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kansas City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kansas City is Other, with 35.53% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kansas City is White, with 10.13% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.25%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.45%.

Kansas City Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.50%
High School18.71%
Some College13.39%
Bachelors or Greater4.54%

Kansas City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed44.14%
Male Unemployed35.92%
Female Employed10.57%
Male Employed7.03%

Kansas City Income

Kansas City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$47,489$66,106
Families$61,826$80,915
Married Families$81,117$102,967
Non Families$33,061$45,688

Kansas City Marital Status

Kansas City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

39.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.9%

Male Marriage Rate

37.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Kansas City Married by Age and Sex

Kansas City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Kansas City Marital Status by Race

Kansas City Veterans

Kansas City Veterans by War

27,630

Number of Veterans

25,084

Male Veterans

2,546

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam9,590
First Gulf War5,394
Second Gulf War3,989
Korea2,477
World War II1,828

Kansas City Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 547,371
65 to 746,248
55 to 645,900
75+5,815
18 to 342,296

Kansas City Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White19,0878.34%
Black7,1607.20%
Hispanic1,3644.41%
2 or More5607.11%
Other3592.64%
Asian2122.25%
Indian15010.32%
Hawaiian10222.52%

Kansas City Veterans by Education

7.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kansas City Employment Status

Kansas City Employment by Age

68.1%

Labor Force Participation

63.4%

Employment Rate

6.8%

Unemployment Rate

Kansas City Employment by Race

Kansas City Employment by Education

Kansas City Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

54.95%

Born in Missouri

92.69%

Native Born

7.31%

Foreign Born

4.17%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.69% of Kansas City residents were born in the United States, with 54.95% having been born in Missouri. 4.17% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.