Danedri Thompson
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Gardner and Spring Hill saw population booms over the course of the last decade, and Edgerton’s population saw a slight boost according to data from the U.S. Census.

The growth in all three cities outpaced that of the U.S. as a whole, which grew 9.7 percent for a total of 308.7 million residents.

Gardner’s population skyrocketed. In 2000, the census recorded 9,396 residents living within Gardner’s city limits. On April 1, 2010, the Census Bureau estimates there were 19,123 people living in Gardner.

Melissa Mundt, city administrator, said city officials estimated more than 18,000 people living in the community.

“We were thinking upper 18s,” she said. “We weren’t that far off.”

Spring Hill came close to doubling its 2000 population.

Jonathan Roberts, Spring Hill City Administrator, said the sharp increase in the city’s numbers wasn’t a surprise to him.

“I was expecting to see a significant increase,” he said.

Roberts said the number of buildings and homes constructed in Spring Hill in the last 10 years suggested a population jump. He expects Spring Hill will make similar strides in the next decade.

“Doubling in the next 10 years? At least,” he said. “We’ve started down a path and we’ll continue down that path.”

Growth in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill outpaced state increases. While many Kansas counties saw population declines. Johnson County, the state’s largest county, gained residents.

The county’s population surged by 20.6 percent to 544,179.