The Shrinking Population In Kansas

Apr 30, 2014

Kansas is in the midst of a net population decline, most of this population loss comes from rural counties.
Kansas is in the midst of a net population decline, most of this population loss comes from rural counties.
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While the population of the United States continues to grow, new census reports show that more people are moving out of Kansas than are moving in. According to the census reports, Kansas lost more than 10,000 people between 2010 and 2013. This population decrease is most acute in the rural counties of Kansas. 

On Wednesday's Central Standard we explore why Kansas is shrinking, what impact this will have on the state and what actions are being taken to reverse the trend.

Resources about rural opportunity zones:

GUESTS:

  • Frank Morris,  KCUR’s national correspondent and senior editor
  • Donna Gunther, a professor of economics at the University of Kansas
  • Heather Hartman, economic development director for Mitchell County
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