Riley County, KS

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2022 Population
72,105
0.685% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jerry Moran
Republican Party
US Senator
Roger Marshall
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
24.9
2.35% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
22.7%
3.09% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$56,327
5.69% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$231,000
9.22% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
35,149
4.26% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Riley County, KS had a population of 72.1k people with a median age of 24.9 and a median household income of $56,327. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Riley County, KS declined from 72,602 to 72,105, a −0.685% decrease and its median household income grew from $53,296 to $56,327, a 5.69% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Riley County, KS are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.24%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.33%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.32%), and White (Hispanic) (3.89%).

None of the households in Riley County, KS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.4% of the residents in Riley County, KS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Riley County, KS are Kansas State University (6,027 degrees awarded in 2022), Manhattan Area Technical College (382 degrees), and Bellus Academy (151 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Riley County, KS was $231,000, and the homeownership rate was 44%.

Most people in Riley County, KS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Riley County, KS was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Riley County, KS is home to a population of 72.1k people, from which 95.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 6.81% of Riley County, KS residents were born outside of the country (4.91k people).

In 2022, there were 12.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.5k people) in Riley County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.12k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.4%
2022 Citizenship
95.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.4% of Riley County, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Riley County, KS was 95.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Riley County, KS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    54.5k ± 315
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    4.5k ± 493
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    3.12k ± 274
8.52%
Hispanic Population
6.14k people

In 2022, there were 12.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.5k people) in Riley County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.12k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

8.52% of the people in Riley County, KS are hispanic (6.14k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Riley County, KS as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    82,300 ± 6,944 people
  2. India
    14,639 ± 2,963 people
  3. Vietnam
    10,989 ± 2,569 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 82,300 Kansas residents, followed by India with 14,639 and Vietnam with 10,989.

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Foreign-Born Population

6.81%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
4.91k people
6.94%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
5.04k people

As of 2022, 6.81% of Riley County, KS residents (4.91k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Riley County, KS was 6.94%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,364 ± 416
  2. Vietnam
    939 ± 227
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    566 ± 188

Riley County, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Riley County, KS employs 35.1k people. The largest industries in Riley County, KS are Educational Services (8,791 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,202 people), and Retail Trade (4,013 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($79,028), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,849), and Public Administration ($49,643).

Males in Kansas have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,429. The income inequality in Kansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

35.1k
2022 Value
± 1,604
−4.26%
1 Year decline
± 6.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Riley County, KS declined at a rate of −4.26%, from 36.7k employees to 35.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Riley County, KS, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,730 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,271 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,937 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Riley County, KS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

35.1k
2022 Value
± 1,604
−4.26%
1 Year decline
± 6.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Riley County, KS declined at a rate of −4.26%, from 36.7k employees to 35.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Riley County, KS, are Educational Services (8,791 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,202 people), and Retail Trade (4,013 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Riley County, KS, though some of these residents may live in Riley County, KS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$35,193
Median earning men ± $2,509
$23,858
Median earning women ± $2,495

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($63,393), Public Administration ($63,101), and Wholesale Trade ($50,192).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($40,515), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($38,796), and Manufacturing ($36,708).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.11%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.44M people employed in Kansas. This represents a 3.11% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 777
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 546
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 325
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Riley County, KS went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (46.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (3.16%).

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing the state of Kansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Kansas

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Jerry Moran
Senator from Kansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Roger Marshall
Senator from Kansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing Kansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Kansas

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Riley County, KS awarded 6,600 degrees. The student population of Riley County, KS in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 9,885 male students and 11,081 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Riley County, KS are White (5,121 and 81.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (444 and 7.1%), Two or More Races (227 and 3.63%), and Black or African American (225 and 3.6%).

The largest universities in Riley County, KS by number of degrees awarded are Kansas State University (6,027 and 91.3%), Manhattan Area Technical College (382 and 5.79%), and Bellus Academy (151 and 2.29%).

The most popular majors in Riley County, KS are Elementary Education & Teaching (298 and 4.52%), General Business Administration & Management (229 and 3.47%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (210 and 3.18%).

The median tuition costs in Riley County, KS are $17,014 for private four year colleges, and $9,489 and $25,560 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Riley County, KS, the percentage of applicants admitted was 94.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 31.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 20,966 (47.1% men and 52.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 20,966 students enrolled in Riley County, KS, 47.1% men and 52.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 16,020 records, of which 53.4% were women and 46.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 182 degrees awarded
  2. 163 degrees awarded
  3. 156 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Riley County, KS was Mechanical Engineering with 182 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Riley County, KS according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,027 degrees awarded
  2. 382 degrees awarded
  3. 151 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kansas State University with 6,027 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,942 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Riley County, KS, which is 0.804 times less than the 3,658 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,121 degrees mean that there were 11.5 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 444 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($17,014) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,700) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,100) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.872% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.778% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (605k), Some college (553k), and Bachelors Degree (450k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Riley County, KS was $231,000 in 2022, which is 0.819 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $211,500 to $231,000, a 9.22% increase. The homeownership rate in Riley County, KS is 44%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Riley County, KS have an average commute time of 15.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Riley County, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Riley County, KS is $56,327. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Riley County, KS was Census Tract 13.01 with a value of $107,431, followed by Census Tract 13.02 and Census Tract 9, with respective values of $87,474 and $65,545.

In 2022, 20.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Riley County, KS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.58%.

Property

$231,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$11,706
$11,789
Median Property Taxes
±$767

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Riley County, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

44%
Homeownership
2022
62.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 44% of the housing units in Riley County, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 45.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 13.01
  2. Census Tract 13.02
  3. Census Tract 9

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Riley County, KS was Census Tract 13.01 with a value of $107,431, followed by Census Tract 13.02 and Census Tract 9, with respective values of $87,474 and $65,545.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Riley County, KS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$56,327
Median Household Income
± $1,958
26.8k
Number of Households
± 1,310

In 2022, the median household income of the 26.8k households in Riley County, KS grew to $56,327 from the previous year's value of $53,296.

The following chart displays the households in Riley County, KS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Riley County, KS is from Kansas.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in Kansas
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in Kansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.512% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (64.7%)
  2. Walked (12.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (11.3%)

In 2022, 64.7% of workers in Riley County, KS drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (12.3%) and those who worked at home (11.3%).

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Commute Time

15.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Riley County, KS have a shorter commute time (15.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.5% of the workforce in Riley County, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 20.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Riley County, KS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.58%.

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Poverty & Diversity

22.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Riley County, KS (13.9k out of 61.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Riley County, KS is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 17.9% of the children was living in poverty in Riley County, KS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 259 in Riley County, KS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 21.6 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.9% of the population of Riley County, KS has health coverage, with 52.4% on employee plans, 8.31% on Medicaid, 6.28% on Medicare, 19.4% on non-group plans, and 7.59% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Riley County, KS see 1428 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.12% decrease from the previous year (1474 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1664 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 373 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,428 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Riley County, KS

Primary care physicians in Riley County, KS see an average of 1,428 patients per year. This represents a 3.12% decrease from the previous year (1,474 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Riley County, KS in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21% under 18 years, 42.8% between 18 and 34 years, 26.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 10.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.06%
Uninsured
52.4%
Employer Coverage
8.31%
Medicaid
6.28%
Medicare
19.4%
Non-Group
7.59%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Riley County, KS declined by 0.557% from 6.1% to 6.06%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 53.2 in Riley County, KS.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 30% in Riley County, KS.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.3% in Riley County, KS.

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