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Shawnee County, KS&

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0.13% decline
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3.39% growth
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0.21% growth
Median Property Value
3.03% growth


The economy of Shawnee County, KS employs 84,380 people. The economy of Shawnee County, KS is specialized in Public Admin.; Utilities; and Management of Companies & Enterprises, which employ respectively 1.9; 1.71; and 1.43 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Shawnee County, KS are Healthcare & Social Assistance (14,295), Retail trade (9,205), and Educational Services (8,127), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($73,188), Utilities ($57,756), and Transportation & Warehousing ($49,919).

Median household income in Shawnee County, KS is $52,088. Males in Shawnee County, KS have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,985. The income inequality of Shawnee County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.412 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Shawnee County, KS. In Shawnee County, KS the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 70 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,374. Wyandotte County, KS has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Kansas.


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Shawnee County, KS is home to a population of 178,567 people, from which 97.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Shawnee County, KS is composed of 133,541 White residents (74.8%), 20,903 Hispanic residents (11.7%), 13,086 Black residents (7.33%), 7,411 Two+ residents (4.15%), and 2,036 Asian residents (1.14%). The most common foreign languages in Shawnee County, KS are Spanish (10,246 speakers), German (613 speakers), and Tagalog (429 speakers), but compared to other places, Shawnee County, KS has a relative high number of German (613 speakers), Other Indic (345 speakers), and Other Native North American (72 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Shawnee County, KS awarded 2,852 degrees. The student population of Shawnee County, KS is skewed towards females, with 929 male students and 1,923 female students. Most students in Shawnee County, KS are White (1,430 and 50.1%), followed by Unknown (882 and 30.9%), Hispanic or Latino (212 and 7.43%), and Black or African American (155 and 5.43%). The largest universities in Shawnee County, KS by number of graduates are Washburn University (1,424 and 49.9%), Washburn Institute of Technology (1,080 and 37.9%), and Marinello Schools of Beauty-Topeka (197 and 6.91%). The most popular majors in Shawnee County, KS are Registered Nursing (136 and 4.77%), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (47 and 1.65%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (44 and 1.54%). The median tuition costs in Shawnee County, KS are N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,644 and $17,276 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Shawnee County, KS is $125,900, which is 0.61 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $122,200 to $125,900, a 3.03% increase. The homeownership rate of Shawnee County, KS is 64.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Shawnee County, KS have an average commute time of 17.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Shawnee County, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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