Race and ethnicity are highly correlated with poverty and thus often with health outcomes. How minority populations are growing, moving and changing has a significant impact on society, including health and how we address health issues.
|Total Population by Race/Ethnicity, 2015|
In general, the 11-county region is somewhat less racially and ethnically diverse than the national average of 37.7 percent. Only the two most urban counties, Wyandotte and Jackson, with 57.4 and 37.2 percent non-white populations respectively, equal or exceed the MSA average (26.6 percent).
|Population Totals by County, 2015|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 ACS, 5-year data
There is a significant variation among the 11 counties in the change in non-white population between 2000 and 2015, as shown in this chart. The non-white population more than doubled during this period in the suburban counties of Johnson, Cass, Clay, and Platte. Non-white populations also increased substantially, although at lesser rates, in other counties.
Non-white populations in the Kansas City MSA grew by 41.6 percent from 2000 to 2015.
The absolute change in non-whites shows a somewhat different picture than percentage change. The urban counties of Jackson and Wyandotte saw substantial absolute gains in the non-white population from 2000 to 2015. However, the largest absolute gain came in suburban Johnson County, and a substantial gain occurred in Clay County as well.
|Change in Non-White Population, 2000-2015|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Decennial Census and 2015 ACS, 5-year data
The makeup of the growing diversity in the region varies across counties. From 2000 to 2015, the Hispanic population grew significantly in every county, outpacing overall growth by a wide margin in each county. The growth of the black population varied across the counties, but was substantial in percentage terms in Johnson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties.
Data is the most current available as of September 2017.
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