Ford County, KS

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Population

34,658

0.481% growth

Median Age

31.1


Median Household Income

$49,890

0.407% growth

Poverty Rate

16.2%


Number of Employees

16,655

1.95% growth

Median Property Value

$108,400

4.63% growth

About

In 2017, Ford County, KS had a population of 34.7k people with a median age of 31.1 and a median household income of $49,890. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ford County, KS grew from 34,492 to 34,658, a 0.481% increase and its median household income grew from $49,688 to $49,890, a 0.407% increase.

The population of Ford County, KS is 53.9% Hispanic or Latino, 40.8% White Alone, and 2.27% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Ford County, KS speak a non-English language, and 78.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ford County, KS are Dodge City Community College (319 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Ford County, KS is $108,400, and the homeownership rate is 62.6%. Most people in Ford County, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Ford County, KS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Ford County, KS employs 16.7k people. The largest industries in Ford County, KS are Manufacturing (4,570 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,425 people), and Educational Services (1,354 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($69,147), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,917), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,211).

Median household income in Ford County, KS is $49,890. Males in Ford 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 Ford County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,890

2017 value

± $3,711

0.407%

1 Year Growth

± 9.6%

Households in Ford County, KS have a median annual income of $49,890, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,688 in 2016, which represents a 0.407% annual growth.

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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 Ford 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 9616

  2. Census Tract 9617

  3. Census Tract 9619

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ford County, KS was Census Tract 9616 with a value of $70,724, followed by Census Tract 9617 and Census Tract 9619, with respective values of $59,750 and $58,663.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ford 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

16.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ford County, KS (5.5k out of 33.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males < 5.

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

    4,893 ± 565

  2. Hispanic

    3,992 ± 540

  3. Other

    410 ± 204

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ford 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

16.7k

2017 Value

± 933

1.95%

1 Year growth

± 7.72%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ford County, KS grew at a rate of 1.95%, from 16.3k employees to 16.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ford County, KS, are Production Occupations (3,324 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,427 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,258 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ford County, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ford County, KS, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,324 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,427 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,258 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ford County, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.61 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (3.44 times), and Material Moving Occupations (2.2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ford County, KS, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($73,750), Legal Occupations ($61,518), and Management Occupations ($61,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

16.7k

2017 Value

± 933

1.95%

1 Year growth

± 7.72%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ford County, KS grew at a rate of 1.95%, from 16.3k employees to 16.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ford County, KS, are Manufacturing (4,570 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,425 people), and Educational Services (1,354 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ford County, KS, though some of these residents may live in Ford 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 Ford County, KS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,570 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,425 people), and Educational Services (1,354 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ford County, KS has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.96 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.71 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.87 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ford County, KS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($69,147), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,917), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,211).

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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. $27.8B

  2. $24.1B

  3. $22B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.8B, followed by Cereal grains ($24.1B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($22B).

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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$245B

2015 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kansas trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 46.1% 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. $25.9B

  2. $18.4B

  3. $17.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $25.9B, followed by Texas with $18.4B and Nebraska and $17.7B.

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

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Health

84.2% of the population of Ford County, KS has health coverage, with 51.6% on employee plans, 13.7% on Medicaid, 7.53% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 1.09% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Ford County, KS see 2032 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.57% decrease from the previous year (2175 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1699 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1132 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

2,032 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ford County, KS see an average of 2,032 patients per year. This represents a 6.57% decrease from the previous year (2,175 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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

15.8%

Uninsured

51.6%

Employer Coverage

13.7%

Medicaid

7.53%

Medicare

10.3%

Non-Group

1.09%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ford County, KS declined by 4.89% from 16.6% to 15.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ford 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

Ford County, KS is home to a population of 34.7k people, from which 78.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 27.9% of Ford County, KS residents were born outside of the country (9.67k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ford County, KS is composed of 18.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (53.9%), 14.1k White Alone residents (40.8%), 787 Black or African American Alone residents (2.27%), 493 Asian Alone residents (1.42%), 416 Two or More Races residents (1.2%), 132 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.381%), 24 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0692%), and 8 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0231%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ford County, KS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

26

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.9

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ford County, KS was 31.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 26, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Ford County, KS are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Ford County, KS residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

27.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.67k people

27.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

9.36k people

As of 2017, 27.9% of Ford County, KS residents (9.67k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ford County, KS was 27.1%, 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

78.9%

2017 Citizenship

79.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 78.9% of Ford County, KS residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ford County, KS was 79.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    18.7k ± 706

  2. White Alone

    14.1k ± 26

  3. Black or African American Alone

    787 ± 136

In 2017, there were 1.32 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (18.7k people) in Ford County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.1k White Alone and 787 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ford County, KS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Ford County, KS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Ford County, KS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ford County, KS are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    407 ± 92

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    163 ± 100

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    128 ± 75

Ford County, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ford County, KS awarded 319 degrees. The student population of Ford County, KS is skewed towards men, with 950 male students and 854 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ford County, KS are White (156 and 48.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (134 and 42%), Black or African American (25 and 7.84%), and Asian (2 and 0.627%).

The largest universities in Ford County, KS by number of degrees awarded are Dodge City Community College (319 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Ford County, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (73 and 22.9%), Flight Instructor (21 and 6.58%), and Welding Technology (20 and 6.27%).

The median tuition costs in Ford 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. 73 degrees awarded

  2. 21 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Ford County, KS was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 73 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

319 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Ford County, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Dodge City Community College with 319 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

184

Degrees Awarded to Men

135

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 184 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ford County, KS, which is 1.36 times more than the 135 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    156 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    134 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    25 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ford County, KS were to White students. These 156 degrees mean that there were 1.16 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 134 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ford County, KS was $108,400 in 2017, which is 0.498 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $103,600 to $108,400, a 4.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Ford County, KS is 62.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ford County, KS have an average commute time of 14.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ford County, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$49,890

Median Household Income

± $3,711

11.3k

Number of Households

± 756

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.3k households in Ford County, KS grew to $49,890 from the previous year's value of $49,688.

The following chart displays the households in Ford 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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Housing

Property Value

$108,400

2017 Median

± $4,725

$103,600

2016 Median

± $5,636

In 2017, the median property value in Ford County, KS grew to to $108,400 from the previous year's value of $103,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ford 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 Ford County, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

62.6%

2017 Homeownership

61.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.6% of the housing units in Ford County, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.5%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

14.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ford County, KS have a shorter commute time (14.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.901% of the workforce in Ford County, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.2%

  2. Carpooled

    17%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.29%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ford County, KS was Drove Alone (77.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (17%) and those who Worked At Home (2.29%).

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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