February 13, 2016

Looking Back: Population figures for 1973 released

Johnson County is the second largest in the state according to figures released this week by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

The county population for 1973 is 236,766, following only Sedgwick County with 355,564.

The state population was set at 2,301,623, an increase in 23,718 over the 1972 figure. The count, as of Jan. 1, 1973, was made by county assessors and certified to the department.

Gains were recorded in 60 of the state’s 105 counties.

Population figures for the cities in this area are:
Gardner, 1,891; Spring Hill, 1,394; De Soto, 1,925; Bonner Springs, 5,717; Edgerton, 464; Paola, 5,139; Wellsville, 1,371; Ottawa, 10,527.

Population figures for the ten largest cities are: Wichita, 262,766; Kansas City, 179,409; Topeka, 139,764; Overland Park, 82, 729; Lawrence, 46, 128; Hutchinson, 42,360; Salina, 37, 162; Leavenworth, 30,343; Prairie Village, 29,099; and Manhattan, 28,017.

The population of Kansas in 1860 was 107,206 – considerably less than the present population of the city of Topeka. Ten years later, the state population had tripled. Population of a million was first reached in 1883. The two million mark came in 1955, with a population of 2,050,478.

Population has fluctuated from year to year, but growth has been steady and almost continuous since earliest days of statehood.

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