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Cowley County, KS&

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0.28% decline
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2.51% growth
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0.34% decline
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0.24% decline


The economy of Cowley County, KS employs 15,632 people. The economy of Cowley County, KS is specialized in Manufacturing; Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, which employ respectively 2.19; 2.09; and 1.74 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Cowley County, KS are Manufacturing (3,537), Healthcare & Social Assistance (2,145), and Educational Services (2,016), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($54,766), Utilities ($52,188), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($42,377).

Median household income in Cowley County, KS is $44,960. Males in Cowley County, KS have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $34,853. The income inequality of Cowley County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.451 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 Cowley County, KS. In Cowley County, KS the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 50 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,600. Wyandotte County, KS has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Kansas.


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Cowley County, KS is home to a population of 35,977 people, from which 97.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Cowley County, KS is composed of 28,994 White residents (80.6%), 3,689 Hispanic residents (10.3%), 1,058 Two+ residents (2.94%), 943 Black residents (2.62%), and 699 Native residents (1.94%). The most common foreign languages in Cowley County, KS are Spanish (1,987 speakers), Laotian (266 speakers), and Chinese (112 speakers), but compared to other places, Cowley County, KS has a relative high number of Laotian (266 speakers), Other Native North American (43 speakers), and Japanese (65 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Cowley County, KS awarded 1,301 degrees. The student population of Cowley County, KS is skewed towards females, with 621 male students and 680 female students. Most students in Cowley County, KS are White (895 and 68.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (108 and 8.3%), Black or African American (98 and 7.53%), and Unknown (72 and 5.53%). The largest universities in Cowley County, KS by number of graduates are Southwestern College (677 and 52%), Cowley County Community College (624 and 48%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Cowley County, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (468 and 36%), Industrial Radiologic Technology (34 and 2.61%), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (18 and 1.38%). The median tuition costs in Cowley County, KS are N/A for private four year colleges, and $27,100 and $27,100 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 Cowley County, KS is $83,000, which is 0.4 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $83,200 to $83,000, a 0.24% increase. The homeownership rate of Cowley County, KS is 65.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Cowley County, KS have an average commute time of 17.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cowley County, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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