Census shows more people leaving Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — New census figures show that more people have been moving out of Kansas than have been moving in recently.

From 2010 to 2013, Kansas lost 10,197 people because of outward migration, according to numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The census also showed that Kansas gained 16,752 people from international migration over the last four years, but lost 26,949 to other states, which resulted in the net 10,197 loss.

The numbers do not reveal why people left.

“Domestic migration could be anything from retirees going to Florida to military service people being stationed somewhere else,” Peter Haxton, coordinator of the State Data Center in the State Library of Kansas told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1jyJKTe). “International migration could be anybody — international students coming to study at Wichita State, or people coming here to work from Mexico, or India.”

From 2000 to 2009, Kansas had a net migration loss of 17,574, with most of it occurring from 2001 to 2005, when Kansas had a net loss of more than 27,000 people.

Kansas was among the bottom 10 states in the number of people who moved in from other states compared with the number who moved out during the 12 months ending July 1, 2013. Kansas ended the year with a net loss of 12,557. Other states in the bottom 10 were New York, California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Connecticut.

Kansas and Sedgwick County, however, gained in population during the last four years because their numbers of births were higher than the numbers of deaths plus the number of people who left. Kansas had 129,453 births and 78,479 deaths, along with the net loss of 10,197 to migration. That resulted in a net increase of 40,777, raising the state’s population to 2,894,000.

“People appear to be migrating out, but are being replaced by births,” Haxton said.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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