The population of the Wichita metro region rose to 644,610 in 2015, growth of about 3,000 from 2014, according to the latest estimate of the U.S. Census.
Since 2010, the metro population has risen nearly 13,000, about 2 percent, or about 0.4 per year. That puts Wichita below the middle of U.S. metro areas, but by no means close to the bottom.
But other cities in the region have grown faster. Over the same five years: Des Moines grew 8.9 percent to 622,899; Oklahoma City, 8 percent to 1.36 million; Colorado Springs, 7.3 percent to 697,856; Omaha, 5.4 percent to 915,312; Tulsa, 4.4 percent to 981,005; Springfield, Mo., 4.4 percent to 456,456; Kansas City, 3.7 percent to 2.09 million.
In Kansas, since 2010, Lawrence grew 6.1 percent to 133,053; Manhattan, 5.6 percent to 98,545.
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Topeka actually shrank, by 0.2 percent, to 233,791.