Liberal, KS

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2022 Population
19,099
1.25% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jerry Moran
Republican Party
US Senator
Roger Marshall
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
30.4
0.997% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.8%
6.51% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$55,602
9.66% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$128,900
19.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
9,315
1.94% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Liberal, KS had a population of 19.1k people with a median age of 30.4 and a median household income of $55,602. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Liberal, KS declined from 19,340 to 19,099, a −1.25% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,704 to $55,602, a 9.66% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Liberal, KS are Other (Hispanic) (27.1%), White (Non-Hispanic) (25.2%), White (Hispanic) (19.1%), Two+ (Hispanic) (18.6%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.4%).

None of the households in Liberal, KS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

82.8% of the residents in Liberal, KS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Liberal, KS are Seward County Community College (410 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Liberal, KS was $128,900, and the homeownership rate was 62.5%.

Most people in Liberal, KS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 13.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Liberal, KS was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Liberal, KS is home to a population of 19.1k people, from which 82.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 29.2% of Liberal, KS residents were born outside of the country (5.58k people).

In 2022, there were 1.08 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (5.17k people) in Liberal, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.81k White (Non-Hispanic) and 3.65k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

82.8%
2022 Citizenship
81.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 82.8% of Liberal, KS residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Liberal, KS was 81.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Liberal, KS
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    5.17k ± 835
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.81k ± 270
  3. White (Hispanic)
    3.65k ± 877
66.2%
Hispanic Population
12.6k people

In 2022, there were 1.08 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (5.17k people) in Liberal, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.81k White (Non-Hispanic) and 3.65k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

66.2% of the people in Liberal, KS are hispanic (12.6k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    82,300 ± 6,944 people
  2. India
    14,639 ± 2,963 people
  3. Vietnam
    10,989 ± 2,569 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 82,300 Kansas residents, followed by India with 14,639 and Vietnam with 10,989.

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Foreign-Born Population

29.2%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
5.58k people
29.7%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
5.75k people

As of 2022, 29.2% of Liberal, KS residents (5.58k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Liberal, KS was 29.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    111 ± 72
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    65 ± 61
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    22 ± 29

Liberal, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Liberal, KS employs 9.32k people. The largest industries in Liberal, KS are Manufacturing (2,597 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,062 people), and Retail Trade (949 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($133,529), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($100,208), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($68,137).

Males in Kansas have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,429. The income inequality in Kansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

9.32k
2022 Value
± 839
−1.94%
1 Year decline
± 12.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Liberal, KS declined at a rate of −1.94%, from 9.5k employees to 9.32k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Liberal, KS, are Production Occupations (1,914 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (820 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (723 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Liberal, KS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

9.32k
2022 Value
± 839
−1.94%
1 Year decline
± 12.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Liberal, KS declined at a rate of −1.94%, from 9.5k employees to 9.32k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Liberal, KS, are Manufacturing (2,597 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,062 people), and Retail Trade (949 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Liberal, KS, though some of these residents may live in Liberal, KS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,821
Median earning men ± $3,565
$29,242
Median earning women ± $2,860

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($132,647), Wholesale Trade ($90,446), and Public Administration ($55,781).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,430), Information ($50,956), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($48,178).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.11%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.44M people employed in Kansas. This represents a 3.11% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Kansas went to Donald J. Trump with 56.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.23%).

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.

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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Education

In 2022, universities in Liberal, KS awarded 410 degrees. The student population of Liberal, KS in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 604 male students and 1,059 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Liberal, KS are Hispanic or Latino (251 and 62.9%), followed by White (118 and 29.6%), Unknown (10 and 2.51%), and Asian (6 and 1.5%).

The largest universities in Liberal, KS by number of degrees awarded are Seward County Community College (410 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Liberal, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (115 and 28%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (84 and 20.5%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (34 and 8.29%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,663 students enrolled in Liberal, KS, 36.3% men and 63.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 885 records, of which 64.1% were women and 35.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 115 degrees awarded
  2. 22 degrees awarded
  3. 10 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Liberal, KS was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 115 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
410 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Seward County Community College with 410 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 137 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Liberal, KS, which is 0.502 times less than the 273 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 251 degrees mean that there were 2.13 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 118 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,368) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,376) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,460) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.872% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.778% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (605k), Some college (553k), and Bachelors Degree (450k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Liberal, KS was $128,900 in 2022, which is 0.457 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $107,800 to $128,900, a 19.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Liberal, KS is 62.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Liberal, KS have an average commute time of 13.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Liberal, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Liberal, KS is $55,602. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Liberal, KS was Census Tract 9657 with a value of $75,583, followed by Census Tract 9656 and Census Tract 9658, with respective values of $69,188 and $63,256.

Property

$128,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,945
$3,891
Median Property Taxes
±$483

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Liberal, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Liberal, KS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62.5%
Homeownership
2022
64.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 62.5% of the housing units in Liberal, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9657
  2. Census Tract 9656
  3. Census Tract 9658

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Liberal, KS was Census Tract 9657 with a value of $75,583, followed by Census Tract 9656 and Census Tract 9658, with respective values of $69,188 and $63,256.

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

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Household Income

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$55,602
Median Household Income
± $5,506
6.22k
Number of Households
± 664

In 2022, the median household income of the 6.22k households in Liberal, KS grew to $55,602 from the previous year's value of $50,704.

The following chart displays the households in Liberal, 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Liberal, KS is from Kansas.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in Kansas
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in Kansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.512% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.2%)
  2. Carpooled (17.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.06%)

In 2022, 75.2% of workers in Liberal, KS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17.7%) and those who worked at home (3.06%).

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Commute Time

13.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Liberal, KS have a shorter commute time (13.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.22% of the workforce in Liberal, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

14.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Liberal, KS (2.76k out of 18.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females < 5, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Liberal, KS is Hispanic, followed by White 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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Health

85.3% of the population of Liberal, KS has health coverage, with 52.5% on employee plans, 16% on Medicaid, 7.38% on Medicare, 9.08% on non-group plans, and 0.333% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Seward County, KS see 2678 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.62% decrease from the previous year (2722 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3005 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1052 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,678 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Seward County, KS

Primary care physicians in Seward County, KS see an average of 2,678 patients per year. This represents a 1.62% decrease from the previous year (2,722 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 32.6% under 18 years, 24.5% between 18 and 34 years, 33.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 9.16% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.7%
Uninsured
52.5%
Employer Coverage
16%
Medicaid
7.38%
Medicare
9.08%
Non-Group
0.333%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Liberal, KS declined by 0.122% from 14.7% to 14.7%.

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

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