Census Bureau estimates city’s growth slowed
De Soto added 52 new residents from July 2007 to July 2008, according to numbers the U.S. Census Bureau released July 1.
The Census Bureau now estimates the city’s population at 5,420, or 0.9 percent greater than it was on June 30, 2007.
The figures reflect the slumping housing market. It is the Census Bureau’s smallest estimated increase for De Soto in this decade.
With no new home permits issued in the first six months of 2009, the 2010 estimate — the last before the release of the official 2010 Census — will likely have an even smaller increase.
Lexington Township is estimated to have grown from 1,490 to 1,518 in the same 12-month span.
Despite the housing slump, Johnson County continued a nine-year trend of adding about 10,000 new residents a year. The latest estimate pegged Johnson County’s population on July 1, 2008, at 534,093. That compared to an estimate of 524,801 from a year ago.
The Census Bureau estimates 1,000 of those new residents live in Gardner, which has an estimated population of 17,462, 2,200 in Olathe, 1,200 in Shawnee, about 1,300 in Shawnee and about 3,000 in Overland Park.