Liberal, Kansas Population 2024

18,554

Liberal is a city located in Seward County Kansas. Liberal has a 2024 population of 18,554. It is also the county seat of Seward County.Liberal is currently declining at a rate of -1.9% annually and its population has decreased by -5.98% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 19,735 in 2020.

The average household income in Liberal is $70,357 with a poverty rate of 14.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Liberal is 30.4 years, 30.2 years for males, and 30.8 years for females.

Liberal Demographics

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

  • White: 44.33%
  • Other race: 27.09%
  • Two or more races: 21.06%
  • Black or African American: 3.4%
  • Asian: 2.65%
  • Native American: 1.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.22%
State
Kansas
Land Area (mi²)
11.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,622.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-5.98% (-1,181)
The current population of Liberal, Kansas is 18,554 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 19,735.

Liberal, Kansas Population 2024

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Liberal Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White8,46644.33%
Other race5,17427.09%
Two or more races4,02321.06%
Black or African American6493.4%
Asian5072.65%
Native American2381.25%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander420.22%
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White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Liberal Population by Race

Liberal Population Pyramid 2024

Liberal Median Age

30.4

Total

30.2

Male

30.8

Female

Liberal Adults

There are 13,128 adults, (1,820 of whom are seniors) in Liberal.

Liberal Age Dependency

68.9

Age Dependency Ratio

16.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

52.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Liberal Sex Ratio

Female9,16347.98%
Male9,93652.02%

Liberal Population by Age

Liberal Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All6,224362.537.5
Married2,8004.0185.814.3
Non Family2,1681.1934.265.8
Female8923.7457.442.6
Male3644.2365.134.9
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3.8

Average Family Size

3

Average Household Size

62.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Liberal Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Liberal Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Liberal Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 94.51%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 17.35%.

Liberal Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$40,350

Average Earnings

$45,945

Average Male

$29,813

Average Female

Liberal Earnings by Educational Attainment

Liberal Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Liberal Language

39.9% of Liberal residents speak only English, while 60.1% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 56.64% of the population.

Liberal Language

Liberal Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic12,5281,84914.76%
Other5,15592617.96%
White4,57372615.88%
Multiple3,9913669.17%
Black6177011.35%
Native2342510.68%
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14.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.95%

Male Poverty Rate

15.65%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Liberal

The race most likely to be in poverty in Liberal is Other, with 17.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Liberal is Multiple, with 9.17% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.34%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.36%.

Liberal Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.84%
Bachelors or Greater15.25%
High School11.26%
Some College7.58%
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Liberal Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed80%
Male Unemployed38.41%
Female Employed10.11%
Male Employed6.7%
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Liberal Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Liberal Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Liberal Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.2%

Male Marriage Rate

40.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Liberal Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Liberal Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Liberal Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Liberal Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

317

Number of Veterans

306

Male Veterans

11

Female Veterans

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Liberal Veterans by War

count

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Liberal Veterans by Age

count

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Liberal Veterans by Race

Liberal Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

17.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Liberal Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

70.5%

Labor Force Participation

68.5%

Employment Rate

2.7%

Unemployment Rate

Liberal Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Liberal Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Liberal Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

48.55%

Born in Liberal

70.77%

Native Born

29.23%

Foreign Born

17.21%

Non Citizen

12.03%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

70.77% of Liberal residents were born in the United States, with 48.55% having been born in Kansas. 17.21% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Liberal Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202916,754-360-2.1%
202817,114-360-2.06%
202717,474-360-2.02%
202617,834-360-1.98%
202518,194-360-1.94%
202418,554-360-1.9%
202318,914-360-1.87%
202219,274-360-1.83%
202119,634-101-0.51%
202019,7355712.98%
201919,164-437-2.23%
201819,601-294-1.48%
201719,895-602-2.94%
201620,497-341-1.64%
201520,838-17-0.08%
201420,855-12-0.06%
201320,867-42-0.2%
201220,9092091.01%
201120,7001500.73%
201020,5508844.5%
200019,6663,09318.66%
199016,5731,66211.15%
198014,9111,0497.57%
197013,862490.35%
196013,8136,67993.62%
19507,1342,72461.77%
19404,410-884-16.7%
19305,2941,68146.53%
19203,613
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Liberal Population by Year