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State population growth primarily in urban areas

The population of Kansas grew 2.1 percent from 2010 through 2015, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. That’s about half the 4.1 percent growth rate for the U.S. population. Most of the state growth was in urban areas, primarily northeast Kansas, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Johnson, Wyandotte and Douglas counties grew by a combined 4.9 percent. Sedgwick County grew by 2.7 percent, or more than 13,000 new residents – which amounted to nearly 23 percent of the state’s total growth. Fourteen Kansas counties lost 5 percent or more of their populations. – Phillip Brownlee