Independence, KS

Census Place

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Population
8,847
1.51% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jerry Moran
Republican Party
US Senator
Roger Marshall
Republican Party
Median Age
37.2

Poverty Rate
22.2%

Median Household Income
$40,523
5.04% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$80,300
14.4% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
4,147
4.07% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Independence, KS had a population of 8.85k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $40,523. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Independence, KS declined from 8,983 to 8,847, a -1.51% decrease and its median household income grew from $38,577 to $40,523, a 5.04% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Independence, KS are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.22%), White (Hispanic) (5.99%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.1%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.44%). 0% of the people in Independence, KS speak a non-English language, and 98.3% are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Independence, KS was $80,300, and the homeownership rate was 59.6%. Most people in Independence, KS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 14.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Independence, KS was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Kansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Kansas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Kansas. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kansas.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Kansas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Montgomery County, KS went to Donald J. Trump with 72.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (22%), followed by Other (5.73%). The most partisan county was Wallace County, KS with 90.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing the state of Kansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Montgomery County, KS
72.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Kansas
  1. 90.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 87.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 84.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Kansas was Wallace County, KS with 90.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Kansas colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Kansas

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Jerry Moran
Senator from Kansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Roger Marshall
Senator from Kansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing Kansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kansas

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Independence, KS is home to a population of 8.85k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.67% of Independence, KS residents were born outside of the country (325 people).

In 2018, there were 12.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.03k people) in Independence, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 550 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 530 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Independence, KS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.03k ± 320
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    550 ± 209
  3. White (Hispanic)
    530 ± 185
7.26%
Hispanic Population
642 people

In 2018, there were 12.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.03k people) in Independence, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 550 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 530 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.26% of the people in Independence, KS are hispanic (642 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.67%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
325 people
4.15%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
373 people

As of 2018, 3.67% of Independence, KS residents (325 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Independence, KS was 4.15%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Independence, KS compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 2.6
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 24.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Independence, KS was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Independence, KS are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Independence, KS residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    84,130 ± 7,017 people
  2. India
    14,053 ± 2,903 people
  3. Vietnam
    10,675 ± 2,532 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 84,130 Kansas residents, followed by India with 14,053 and Vietnam with 10,675.

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Citizenship

98.3%
2018 Citizenship
97.8%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.3% of Independence, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Independence, KS was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    182 ± 74
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    96 ± 50
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    71 ± 42

Independence, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.9 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Independence, KS is $40,523. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Independence, KS was Census Tract 9507 with a value of $62,545, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $53,679 and $50,844.

Males in Kansas have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,721. The income inequality in Kansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.458, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Independence, KS employs 4.15k people. The largest industries in Independence, KS are Manufacturing (945 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (648 people), and Retail Trade (544 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($50,958), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($44,141), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,438).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,523
2018 value
± $5,128
5.04%
1 Year Growth
± 18.4%

Households in Independence, KS have a median annual income of $40,523, 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 $38,577 in 2017, which represents a 5.04% annual growth.

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

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,354
Average Male Salary in Kansas
± $1,958
$45,721
Average Female Salary in Kansas
± $1,400

In 2019, full-time male employees in Kansas made 1.41 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 in Kansas
  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $56,139 ± $74,364
  2. Asian
    $52,393 ± $7,262
  3. White
    $49,769 ± $1,226

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Kansas.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Kansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Independence, KS is from Kansas.
0.458
2019 Wage GINI in Kansas
0.46
2018 Wage GINI in Kansas

In 2019, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.458 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.47% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 9507
  2. Census Tract 9501
  3. Census Tract 9503

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Independence, KS was Census Tract 9507 with a value of $62,545, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $53,679 and $50,844.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Independence, KS (1.91k out of 8.61k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males < 5, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    1,582 ± 252
  2. Hispanic
    199 ± 111
  3. Black
    138 ± 89

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

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

4.15k
2018 Value
± 392
4.07%
1 Year growth
± 12.6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Independence, KS grew at a rate of 4.07%, from 3.99k employees to 4.15k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Independence, KS, are Production Occupations (630 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (449 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (314 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Independence, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Independence, KS, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (630 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (449 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (314 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Independence, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.65 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.2 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.98 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Independence, KS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,857), Management Occupations ($55,000), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($53,864).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.15k
2018 Value
± 392
4.07%
1 Year growth
± 12.6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Independence, KS grew at a rate of 4.07%, from 3.99k employees to 4.15k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Independence, KS, are Manufacturing (945 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (648 people), and Retail Trade (544 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Independence, KS, though some of these residents may live in Independence, 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 Independence, KS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (945 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (648 people), and Retail Trade (544 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Independence, KS has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.5 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.26 times), and Retail Trade (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Independence, KS, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($50,958), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($44,141), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,438).

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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 in Kansas
$357B
Projected 2045 Value in Kansas
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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Independence, KS was $80,300 in 2018, which is 0.35 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $70,200 to $80,300, a 14.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Independence, KS is 59.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Independence, KS have an average commute time of 14.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Independence, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$80,300
2018 Median
± $5,956
$70,200
2017 Median
± $6,538

In 2018, the median property value in Independence, KS grew to to $80,300 from the previous year's value of $70,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Independence, 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 Independence, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k range.

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Household Income

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$40,523
Median Household Income
± $5,128
3.79k
Number of Households
± 361

In 2018, the median household income of the 3.79k households in Independence, KS grew to $40,523 from the previous year's value of $38,577.

The following chart displays the households in Independence, 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

59.6%
2018 Homeownership
61.3%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 59.6% of the housing units in Independence, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.3%.

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

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Commute Time

14.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Independence, KS have a shorter commute time (14.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 0.173% of the workforce in Independence, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (77.9%)
  2. Carpooled (16.5%)
  3. Walked (3.01%)

In 2018, 77.9% of workers in Independence, KS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (16.5%) and those who walked to work (3.01%).

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 Independence, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Independence, KS have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

91.2% of the population of Independence, KS has health coverage, with 44.3% on employee plans, 18.8% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 2.27% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Montgomery County, KS see 2677 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.56% decrease from the previous year (2960 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1872 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 482 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Elk County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.5%). Additionally, Osage County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,677 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Montgomery County, KS

Primary care physicians in Montgomery County, KS see an average of 2,677 patients per year. This represents a 9.56% decrease from the previous year (2,960 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Montgomery 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%).

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,651
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Kansas
$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

8.85%
Uninsured
44.3%
Employer Coverage
18.8%
Medicaid
13.2%
Medicare
12.6%
Non-Group
2.27%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Independence, KS declined by 10.4% from 9.88% to 8.85%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Independence, 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. 22.5% prevalence
  2. 20.7% prevalence
  3. 19% prevalence

Elk County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 22.5%.

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

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