Thomas County, KS

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Population

7,847

0.784% decline

Poverty Rate

11.1%


Median Age

36.3


Median Household Income

$52,465

0.751% growth

Number of Employees

4,393

0.0455% decline

Median Property Value

$114,000

3.54% growth

About

In 2017, Thomas County, KS had a population of 7.85k people with a median age of 36.3 and a median household income of $52,465. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Thomas County, KS declined from 7,909 to 7,847, a -0.784% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,074 to $52,465, a 0.751% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Thomas County, KS are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.2%), White (Hispanic) (2.85%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (1.78%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.39%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.816%). N/A% of the people in Thomas County, KS speak a non-English language, and 97.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Thomas County, KS are Colby Community College (359 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Thomas County, KS is $114,000, and the homeownership rate is 74.4%. Most people in Thomas County, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 10.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Thomas County, KS is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Thomas County, KS employs 4.39k people. The largest industries in Thomas County, KS are Health Care & Social Assistance (654 people), Educational Services (607 people), and Retail Trade (513 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,598), Wholesale Trade ($49,107), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($45,250).

Median household income in Thomas County, KS is $52,465. Males in Thomas County, KS have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,397. The income inequality in Thomas County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,465

2017 value

± $7,317

0.751%

1 Year Growth

± 18.1%

Households in Thomas County, KS have a median annual income of $52,465, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,074 in 2016, which represents a 0.751% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Thomas County, KS compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,808

Average Male Salary

± $1,876

$43,397

Average Female Salary

± $1,361

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kansas made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $49,738 ± $7,478

  2. White

    $46,915 ± $1,173

  3. American Indian

    $42,999 ± $12,605

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Thomas County, KS is from Kansas.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.417% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kansas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Kansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9534

  2. Census Tract 9531

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Thomas County, KS was Census Tract 9534 with a value of $62,875, followed by Census Tract 9531 and N/A, with respective values of $50,080 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Thomas County, KS (827 out of 7.48k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    723 ± 191

  2. Hispanic

    94 ± 75

  3. Other

    40 ± 88

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.39k

2017 Value

± 438

-0.0455%

1 Year decline

± 13.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Thomas County, KS declined at a rate of -0.0455%, from 4.4k employees to 4.39k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Thomas County, KS, are Management Occupations (564 people), Sales & Related Occupations (541 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (527 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Thomas County, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Thomas County, KS, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (564 people), Sales & Related Occupations (541 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (527 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Thomas County, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.2 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (2 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.79 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Thomas County, KS, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($61,136), Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($50,528), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($49,464).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.39k

2017 Value

± 438

-0.0455%

1 Year decline

± 13.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Thomas County, KS declined at a rate of -0.0455%, from 4.4k employees to 4.39k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Thomas County, KS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (654 people), Educational Services (607 people), and Retail Trade (513 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Thomas County, KS, though some of these residents may live in Thomas County, KS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Thomas County, KS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (654 people), Educational Services (607 people), and Retail Trade (513 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Thomas County, KS has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.83 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.94 times), and Educational Services (1.49 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Thomas County, KS, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,598), Wholesale Trade ($49,107), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($45,250).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30B

  2. $25B

  3. $23.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $30B, followed by Cereal grains ($25B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($23.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$265B

2020 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

35% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kansas trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 35% to $357B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $27.7B

  2. $19.5B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $27.7B, followed by Texas with $19.5B and Nebraska and $18.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.6% of the population of Thomas County, KS has health coverage, with 51.6% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 10.4% on Medicare, 19.4% on non-group plans, and 0.802% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Thomas County, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Thomas County, KS see 1976 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.152% increase from the previous year (1973 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1578 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 789 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,976 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Thomas County, KS see an average of 1,976 patients per year. This represents a 0.152% increase from the previous year (1,973 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.36%

Uninsured

51.6%

Employer Coverage

10.4%

Medicaid

10.4%

Medicare

19.4%

Non-Group

0.802%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Thomas County, KS grew by 5.77% from 6.96% to 7.36%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Thomas County, KS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kansas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Thomas County, KS is home to a population of 7.85k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.56% of Thomas County, KS residents were born outside of the country (279 people).

In 2017, there were 32 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.16k people) in Thomas County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 224 White (Hispanic) and 140 Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 17.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Thomas County, KS was 36.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Thomas County, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Thomas County, KS residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.56%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

279 people

2.43%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

192 people

As of 2017, 3.56% of Thomas County, KS residents (279 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Thomas County, KS was 2.43%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    85,360 ± 7,067 people

  2. India

    11,676 ± 2,648 people

  3. Vietnam

    10,096 ± 2,463 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 85,360 Kansas residents, followed by India with 11,676 and Vietnam with 10,096.

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Citizenship

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.5% of Thomas County, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Thomas County, KS was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Thomas County, KS

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    7.16k ± 15

  2. White (Hispanic)

    224 ± 90

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    140 ± 74

In 2017, there were 32 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.16k people) in Thomas County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 224 White (Hispanic) and 140 Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    214 ± 62

  2. Korea

    53 ± 35

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    28 ± 34

Thomas County, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Thomas County, KS awarded 359 degrees. The student population of Thomas County, KS is skewed towards women, with 402 male students and 943 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Thomas County, KS are White (222 and 64.9%), followed by Unknown (100 and 29.2%), Hispanic or Latino (16 and 4.68%), and Asian (2 and 0.585%).

The largest universities in Thomas County, KS by number of degrees awarded are Colby Community College (359 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Thomas County, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (134 and 37.3%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (75 and 20.9%), and Registered Nursing (37 and 10.3%).

The median tuition costs in Thomas County, KS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 134 degrees awarded

  2. 37 degrees awarded

  3. 20 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Thomas County, KS was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 134 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

359 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Thomas County, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colby Community College with 359 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

90

Degrees Awarded to Men

269

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 90 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Thomas County, KS, which is 0.335 times less than the 269 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Thomas County, KS by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    222 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    100 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    16 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Thomas County, KS were to White students. These 222 degrees mean that there were 2.22 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 100 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Thomas County, KS was $114,000 in 2017, which is 0.496 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $110,100 to $114,000, a 3.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Thomas County, KS is 74.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Thomas County, KS have an average commute time of 10.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Thomas County, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$114,000

2017 Median

± $11,257

$110,100

2016 Median

± $11,020

In 2017, the median property value in Thomas County, KS grew to to $114,000 from the previous year's value of $110,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Thomas County, KS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Thomas County, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$52,465

Median Household Income

± $7,317

3.26k

Number of Households

± 375

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.26k households in Thomas County, KS grew to $52,465 from the previous year's value of $52,074.

The following chart displays the households in Thomas 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Thomas County, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Thomas County, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

74.4%

2017 Homeownership

73.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.4% of the housing units in Thomas County, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Thomas County, KS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

10.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Thomas County, KS have a shorter commute time (10.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.598% of the workforce in Thomas County, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.2%

  2. Carpooled

    7.57%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.57%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Thomas County, KS was Drove Alone (79.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.57%) and those who Worked At Home (6.57%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Thomas County, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Thomas County, KS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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