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Population increases with census

Basehor has the highest percentage of growth

March 22, 2001

Basehor showed the highest percentage increase in population between the 1990 census and 2000 census in the tri-city area, according to new census figures.

Basehor grew from 1,677 to 2,238 people. City officials expect that number to grow with the annexation of Falcon Lakes subdivision and golf course. The development could add 550 homes, with an average of 1.6 children per household.

Bonner Springs saw a 5.5 percent increase in population, adding 355 residents in the past 10 years. Although the increase was slight 6,413 in 1990 and 6,768 in 2000 Bonner Springs remains the largest city in western Wyandotte County, excluding Kansas City, Kan.

Edwardsville's population increased 4.19 percent since the 1990 census. The city has 4,146 people living within its limits, compared to 3,979 in 1990.

City officials think the number will increase more rapidly than in the past with the new sewer project opening the north section of the city to suburban development.

Basehor had the largest population increase in Leavenworth County at 33.45 percent.

The county's total population increased 8.26 percent since the 1990 census. Tonganoxie's population increased 16.23 percent. Linwood was the only town to show a decrease in population since the 1990 census, dropping from 409 to 374 residents.

Lansing had the second largest increase at 28.77 percent, with a population of 7, 120 in 1990 and 9,169 in 2000. Leavenworth's population grew from 35,420 to 38,495, an increase of 8.68 percent.

Overall, Wyandotte County decreased 2.6 percent in population since 1990. The population was 161,993 at the 1990 census. New figures place the county's population at 157,882 in 2000.

Kansas City, Kan., appears to be the main reason for the county's decrease. In 1990, the city's population was 149,767, compared to 146,866 in 2000.

The racial landscape of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville are nearly the same. The Bonner Springs 2000 population is 87.6 percent white, 6.2 percent Hispanic or Latino, 3.8 percent African American, .7 percent American Indian and Alaska Native and .4 percent Asian.

Edwardsville population consists of 87.8 percent white, 4.8 percent African American, 4.8 percent Hispanic or Latino, .4 percent American Indian or Alaskan, .2 percent Asian and .1 percent other races.

Basehor's racial makeup is mainly Anglo Saxon, with 96.2 of the residents being white, 1.6 percent Hispanic or Latino, .4 percent African American, .3 percent American Indian and Alaskan Native and .7 percent Asian.

Across the river, Shawnee had a surge in population as did the rest of Johnson County.

In 1990, Shawnee had 37,793 residents living within its city limits. The 2000 census shows a 26 percent increase, with 47,996 residents in Shawnee.

Census figures of other cities and counties in the area:

Johnson County

2000 population: 451,086

1990 population: 355,054

Johnson County saw phenomenal growth in the 1990s, and is continuing to grow, with some cities reporting 2,000 residents moving in each month. Overland Park remains the largest city with a 2000 population of 149,080. Olathe is the second largest city in the county at 92,962. Overland Parks's 1990 population was 111,790 and Olathe's, 63,352.

Shawnee is the third largest city in the county.


2000 population: 4,561

1990 population: 2,291

DeSoto grew by a remarkable 99 percent in the last 10 years, according to new census figures. The city's 2000 population was 4,561 compared with 2,291 in 1990. City officials estimated about 700 new residents became part of the city from the annexation of Clearview City, and the large 1998 annexation that nearly doubled the size of DeSoto.

Recent developments indicate the population surge is likely to continue. Work is to begin this spring on the 80-home Timber Trails subdivision, and Intervet Inc. announced this springs that it would bring 170 new jobs to the area.

Douglas County

2000 population: 99,962

1990 population: 81,798


2000 population: 4,307

1990 population: 3,006

The 2000 census showed Eudora had the highest percentage population increase in Douglas County.

Eudora's population increased 43.3 percent.

School officials and city planners expect the growth to continue, and school board members say facility improvements are needed because of the population growth that's occurred in the last 10 years.


2000 population: 80,098

1990 population: 65,608

State of Kansas

2000 population: 2,688,418

1990 population: 2,477,574

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