The Kansas census records from 1950 reported the population to have reached 1,905,299. Of those, 953,534 were men.
Many of the cities in Kansas, in 1940, were reporting a loss in population as compared to the decade before. Arkansas City and Independence City both reported losses in population of over eight percent.
Kansas did not see extraordinary growth in the twenties. The population went up by just over six and a half percent to reach 1,880,099 residents. The 81,774 square mile state could boast just twenty-three people per square mile.
In 1920, the census reported that there were 1,769,257 Kansas residents. Though the majority of those people were native-born, there was a population that was born outside the country. A total of 13,770 were born in Mexico and another 5,352, for instance, were born in Canada.
The population of Kansas was still showing steady growth in 1910, when the total number of residents was reported as 1,690,949. However, this growth was not necessarily due to births. A staggering 34.2 percent of the people born to the state of Kansas had reported moving to another state on that same census. That meant a total loss of population equating to 427,946 for the state.
Kansas had been growing by leaps and bounds during the whole of the nineteenth century. The growth of population had finally slowed a bit in the final decade. There were just over forty-three thousand new residents to account for in those ten years. The population was recorded as 1,470,495 people. Of those, however, a whopping 82,518 were considered to be illiterate.
The total population of the state in 1890 had sprung well past the one million mark. There were 1,427,096 residents reported. The county with the highest population was Wyandotte County. It accounted for 54,407, or about 3.8 percent of the population.
Though not as great a rate of growth, again the Kansas census records showed a tremendous difference in the number of people calling the state home. The number of residents is reported as 990,096. That is a 173.3% increase in population from the decade prior.
After the first census year in 1860, the state of Kansas sees rapid but steady growth for many years. One decade later, in 1870, the population was recorded as 364,399 people living within the state's borders. That number represented an unbelievable 289% increase in population in just ten years.
In 1860, the first census of this state was taken. The total population was recorded as 107,206 people. The vast majority were white settlers. In fact, 106,300 people are recorded as white males or females. Over fifteen thousand people that make up the labor force in that year were reported to be farmers and another three thousand are said to be "farm laborers."
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The Kansas State Data Center provides a page that makes looking for census records easier. The start page includes information at a glance, which provides some of the most commonly sought population information. This Kansas census information resource also includes a fact of the month and links to data and publications that can be used for additional research.
The Kansas Historical Society provides Kansas census information from 1855 to 1930. Both state and federal census information is available for download. State census microfilm can be requested by library loan, but federal census information is not available. The resource also includes links to out-of-state and special censuses and a link that describes the order request process.