Kansas City, Missouri Population 2021

501,957
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Kansas City is a city located in Missouri. With a 2020 population of 501,957, it is the largest city in Missouri and the 38th largest city in the United States. Kansas City is currently growing at a rate of 0.66% annually and its population has increased by 9.17% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 459,787 in 2010. Kansas City reached it's highest population of 507,330 in 1970. Spanning over 319 miles, Kansas City has a population density of 1,594 people per square mile.

The average household income in Kansas City is $75,137 with a poverty rate of 16.10%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $941 per month, and the median house value is $154,600. The median age in Kansas City is 35.1 years, 34.4 years for males, and 35.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.2 males.

Kansas City is a 15-county metropolitan area that's anchored by Kansas City, Missouri. To make things confusing, however, the metro 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 metro area in the state after Greater St. Louis.

The most densely populated area is within the Historic Kansas City boundary with about 58 square miles 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 most significant 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 488,600, 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. Wyandotte 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 metro area.

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

Kansas City Diversity

Kansas City is home to the second largest Sudanese population in the United States. Its Hispanic and Latino community, mostly from Central America and Mexico, is spread throughout the metropolitan area with the highest concentration southwest of downtown and in the northeast region 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 has 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 much 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 metropolitan 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.

Kansas City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Kansas City was:

  • White: 60.90%
  • Black or African American: 28.21%
  • Other race: 4.00%
  • Two or more races: 3.58%
  • Asian: 2.74%
  • Native American: 0.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.18%
The current population of Kansas City, Missouri is 501,957, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 492,012.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 459,787.

Kansas City, Missouri Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20212,185,12013,5700.62%
20202,171,55013,5600.62%
20192,157,99013,5600.63%
20182,144,43017,2300.80%
20172,127,20020,1300.95%
20162,107,07021,1601.00%
20152,085,91016,7300.80%
20142,069,18015,3300.74%
20132,053,85015,2600.74%
20122,038,59013,1000.64%
20112,025,49012,1300.60%
20102,013,3600.00%

Kansas City Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White296,23160.90%
Black or African American137,22428.21%
Some Other Race19,4654.00%
Two or More Races17,4223.58%
Asian13,3422.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,8540.38%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8660.18%
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Kansas City Population by Race

Kansas City Population Pyramid 2021

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Kansas City Median Age

35.1


Total

34.4


Male

35.9


Female

Kansas City Adults

There are 374,202 adults, (62,626 of whom are seniors) in Kansas City.

Kansas City Age Dependency

56.1

Age Dependency Ratio

20.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36

Child Dependency Ratio

Kansas City Sex Ratio

Female

250,430

51.49%

Male

235,974

48.51%

Kansas City Population by Age

Kansas City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Kansas City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.2%22.8%
All53.3%46.7%
Male45.7%54.3%
Non Family40.1%59.9%
Female37.9%62.1%

53.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Kansas City Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All203,3562.3553.3
Non Family94,2321.2940.1
Married72,3913.2177.2
Female27,0473.437.9
Male9,6863.2945.7

3.15

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

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Kansas City Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,3333.44%
9th to 12th Grade21,7986.61%
High School Graduate83,29325.26%
Some College72,64322.03%
Associates Degree24,4177.41%
Bachelors Degree73,33322.24%
Graduate Degree42,87513.00%
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Kansas City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kansas City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White199,133188,28789,649
Black86,72775,03514,435
Hispanic27,94119,6255,206
Other Race10,5836,3591,047
Asian8,7697,0414,136
Multiple Races7,2736,5722,722
Native American1,4031,182413
Islander546476103

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.55%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.17%.

Kansas City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,800$44,684$35,185
Less Than High School$22,436$25,941$20,029
High School Grad$29,605$32,261$25,916
Some College$36,039$41,345$31,509
Bachelors Degree$51,637$58,879$45,912
Graduate Degree$63,074$70,768$57,171

$39,800

Average Earnings

$44,684

Average Male

$35,185

Average Female

Kansas City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kansas City Language by Age

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Kansas City Language

87.62% of Kansas City residents speak only English, while 12.38% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.06% of the population.

Kansas City Language

Kansas City Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black134,76434,63925.70%
White263,20925,4929.69%
Hispanic51,22611,74222.92%
Other19,2735,61929.15%
Multiple17,0642,84216.65%
Asian13,1422,53119.26%
Native1,83537620.49%
Islander85311813.83%

16.10%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.71%

Male Poverty Rate

17.41%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kansas City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kansas City is Other, with 29.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kansas City is White, with 9.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.14%.

Kansas City Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.61%
High School17.43%
Some College11.19%
Bachelors or Greater4.64%

Kansas City Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.77%
Male Unemployed32.28%
Female Employed9.01%
Male Employed5.82%

Kansas City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kansas City Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$54,194$75,137
Families$70,667$91,781
Married Families$91,940$114,180
Non Families$38,091$53,146
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Income by Household Type

Kansas City Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.9%

Male Marriage Rate

38.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Kansas City Married by Age and Sex

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Kansas City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Kansas City Marital Status by Race

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Kansas City Marital Status

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25,119

Number of Veterans

22,713

Male Veterans

2,406

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam8,568
First Gulf War4,886
Second Gulf War4,731
Korea1,937
World War II997

Kansas City Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 746,536
35 to 546,056
75+5,241
55 to 644,979
18 to 342,307

Kansas City Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White17,4717.31%
Black6,4726.47%
Hispanic1,0453.14%
2 or More5465.81%
Asian2142.01%
Other1861.49%
Hawaiian13521.57%
Indian955.64%

Kansas City Veterans by Race

Kansas City Veterans by Education

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8.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kansas City Veterans by Education

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69%

Labor Force Participation

65.6%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Kansas City Employment by Age

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Kansas City Employment by Race

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Kansas City Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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53.93%

Born in Missouri

91.81%

Native Born

8.19%

Foreign Born

4.60%

Non Citizen

3.59%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.81% of Kansas City residents were born in the United States, with 53.93% having been born in Missouri. 4.60% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Kansas City Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021501,9573,3150.66%
2020498,6423,3150.67%
2019495,3273,3150.67%
2018492,0123,6830.75%
2017488,3296,6591.38%
2016481,6706,5971.39%
2015475,0734,4440.94%
2014470,6293,4160.73%
2013467,2132,6180.56%
2012464,5952,2270.48%
2011462,3681,6710.36%
2010460,69719,1520.43%
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 by Year