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City enjoys another growth spurt, Census Bureau says

July 22, 2010

There are about 169 new faces in Basehor according to the US Census Bureau.

Recently, the bureau put out its latest population estimates for cities and towns across the United States, which puts Basehor’s total population at 4,392 for 2009.

Mayor Terry Hill said he wasn’t surprised.

“Our community has historically been a growing ‘bedroom’ community as well as the home for long-time residents,” he said. “We have experienced some business growth in recent years and I expect that growth to continue.”

The new population estimate is up from 4,223 for 2008.

The new number makes Basehor the 89th most populous city in the state.

Basehor was the sixth-fastest growing city in the state, percentagewise, and Mark Loughry, city administrator, thinks he knows why.

“Our city is at the crossroads of (Kansas  Highway 7) and (US Highway 24-40) and just north of (Interstate 70), which allows for easy access to anywhere in the Metro,” Loughry said. “Additionally, we are five minutes from Village West, 25 minutes from the airport, Overland Park, Lawrence and downtown KC, only 40 minutes from Kaufman Stadium and Arrowhead, and just 55 minutes from Topeka.”

Loughry also said the schools played a big part of Basehor’s appeal. The idea gains credence with Linwood’s 3 percent population increase from 2008 to 2009.

“Our schools consistently produce some of the best results in the area on state testing,” he said. “Our school facilities are top notch and have room for future growth.”

He said the commitment made by the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education to continuously improve the facilities, including its remodel of the high school and the opening of a new middle school, as well as their commitment to extracurricular activities, helps bring people in.

And finally, he said it’s the atmosphere that makes Basehor special.

“For the most part Basehor is still surrounded by farm ground and we are completely separated from the fast pace of the city,” Loughry said. “We have the closeness of the Metro, but have maintained our small town atmosphere. I relocated my family here one year ago and I can tell you I have never felt more welcomed into a community than I did when I moved here.”

The 2009 population count is just an annual estimate. The official 2010 Census will not be released until Dec. 31.

The census information is used to determine the distribution of federal funding and helps determine apportionment of representatives in Congress.

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