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Comparing the growth in Northeast Kansas

March 22, 2001

The 2000 federal census proved that Northeast Kansas was a growth area.

Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas and Leavenworth counties all showed populations increases in the census, and several towns in those counties shared in the growth.

Here are the census figures for a sampling of those towns.

Baldwin City

2000 population: 3,400

1990 population: 2,961

While Baldwin City showed a 14.8 percent jump in population from 1990, city and school officials don't think that's completely accurate.

The census bureau counted 3,400 people in Baldwin in 2000, up from 2,961 in 1990, but the feeling is there may have been a few "noses" missed in the count.

"I think that's certainly possible," said James White, superintendent of schools. "I thought we would have been a little higher."

Baldwin's biggest growth has occurred in the last two to three years with several housing developments established.

City officials are so concerned by the rapid growth that they established a building moratorium late last year to limit the number of new housing starts.

Bonner Springs

2000 population: 6,768

1990 population: 6,413

Bonner Springs saw a 5.5 percent increase in population, adding 355 residents in the past 10 years. Although the increase was slight 6,413 in 1990 and 6,768 in 2000 Bonner Springs remains the largest city in western Wyandotte County, excluding Kansas City, Kan.

Eudora

2000 population: 4,307

1990 population: 3,006

The 2000 census showed Eudora had the highest percentage population increase in Douglas County.

Eudora's population increased from 3,006 in 1990 to 4,307 in 2000, an increase of 43.3 percent.

School officials and city planners expect the growth to continue, and school board members say facility improvements are needed because of the population growth that has occured in the last 10 years.

Tonganoxie

2000 population: 2,728

1990 population: 2,347

The city of Tonganoxie grew from 2,347 residents in 1990 to 2,728 residents in 2000, an increase of 16.2 percent.

City officials believe that growth trend will continue - and likely at a faster clip.

In 2000, the city issued 99 building permits, and only a small fraction of that growth likely was reflected in the 2000 census count, taken last spring.

In Leavenworth County, the population increased 8.26 percent since the 1990 census.

Much of that increase came in the southern portion of the county, including the cities of Tonganoxie and Basehor, as well as rural areas surrounding those cities.

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