Riley County, KS

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Population

75,696

0.893% growth

Median Age

24.9


Median Household Income

$48,428

3.9% growth

Poverty Rate

22%


Number of Employees

35,629

1.43% growth

Median Property Value

$189,200

2.55% growth

About

In 2017, Riley County, KS had a population of 75.7k people with a median age of 24.9 and a median household income of $48,428. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Riley County, KS grew from 75,026 to 75,696, a 0.893% increase and its median household income grew from $46,609 to $48,428, a 3.9% increase.

The population of Riley County, KS is 76.9% White Alone, 8.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.25% Black or African American Alone. 9.19% of the people in Riley County, KS speak a non-English language, and 94.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Riley County, KS are Kansas State University (5,558 degrees awarded in 2016), Manhattan Area Technical College (437 degrees), and Bellus Academy (138 degrees).

The median property value in Riley County, KS is $189,200, and the homeownership rate is 42.3%. Most people in Riley County, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Riley County, KS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Riley County, KS employs 35.6k people. The largest industries in Riley County, KS are Educational Services (9,265 people), Retail Trade (4,125 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,820 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($48,833), Public Administration ($42,100), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,313).

Median household income in Riley County, KS is $48,428. Males in Riley 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 Riley County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,428

2017 value

± $2,099

3.9%

1 Year Growth

± 5.14%

Households in Riley County, KS have a median annual income of $48,428, 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 $46,609 in 2016, which represents a 3.9% 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 Riley County, KS made 1.4 times more than female 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 Riley County, KS 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 Riley 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 6

  2. Census Tract 13.02

  3. Census Tract 13.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Riley County, KS was Census Tract 6 with a value of $77,180, followed by Census Tract 13.02 and Census Tract 13.01, with respective values of $68,112 and $65,185.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Riley 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

22% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Riley County, KS (14.5k out of 66k 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 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    11,538 ± 854

  2. Hispanic

    1,164 ± 351

  3. Asian

    1,132 ± 185

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

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

35.6k

2017 Value

± 1,398

1.43%

1 Year growth

± 5.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Riley County, KS grew at a rate of 1.43%, from 35.1k employees to 35.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Riley County, KS, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,886 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,549 people), and Management Occupations (3,643 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Riley County, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Riley County, KS, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,886 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,549 people), and Management Occupations (3,643 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Riley County, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.39 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.27 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Riley County, KS, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,525), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($53,415), and Legal Occupations ($49,667).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

35.6k

2017 Value

± 1,398

1.43%

1 Year growth

± 5.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Riley County, KS grew at a rate of 1.43%, from 35.1k employees to 35.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Riley County, KS, are Educational Services (9,265 people), Retail Trade (4,125 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,820 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Riley County, KS, though some of these residents may live in Riley 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 Riley County, KS, by number of employees, are Educational Services (9,265 people), Retail Trade (4,125 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,820 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Riley County, KS has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.81 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.41 times), and Public Administration (1.1 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Riley County, KS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($48,833), Public Administration ($42,100), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,313).

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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 with $24.1B and Coal-n.e.c. and $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

94% of the population of Riley County, KS has health coverage, with 49.8% on employee plans, 5.86% on Medicaid, 5.91% on Medicare, 20.6% on non-group plans, and 11.8% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Riley County, KS see 1601 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.08% decrease from the previous year (1635 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1630 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 509 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

1601 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Riley County, KS see an average of 1601 patients per year. This represents a 2.08% decrease from the previous year (1635 patients).

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

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Access and Quality

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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

5.98%

Uninsured

49.8%

Employer Coverage

5.86%

Medicaid

5.91%

Medicare

20.6%

Non-Group

11.8%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Riley County, KS declined by 5.33% from 6.32% to 5.98%.

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

Riley County, KS is home to a population of 75.7k people, from which 94.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.25% of Riley County, KS residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Riley County, KS is composed of 58.2k White Alone residents (76.9%), 6.13k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.1%), 4.73k Black or African American Alone residents (6.25%), 3.7k Asian Alone residents (4.89%), 2.37k Two or More Races residents (3.13%), 298 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.394%), 164 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.217%), and 96 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.127%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Riley County, KS are Spanish or Spanish Creole (2,341 speakers), Chinese (1,442 speakers), and Korean (381 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

30

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Riley County, KS was 24.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 30. But people in Riley County, KS are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Riley County, KS residents was 25.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.25%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 8.25% of Riley County, KS residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Riley County, KS was 8.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Riley County, KS was Mexico, the natal country of 85,360 Riley County, KS residents, followed by India with 11,676 and Vietnam with 10,096.

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Citizenship

94.2%

2017 Citizenship

94.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.2% of Riley County, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Riley County, KS was 94.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    58.2k ± 107

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6.13k ± 660

  3. Black or African American Alone

    4.73k ± 292

In 2017, there were 9.5 times more White Alone residents (58.2k people) in Riley County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.13k Hispanic or Latino and 4.73k 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 Riley County, KS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    2,341 speakers (3.35%)

  2. Chinese

    1,442 speakers (2.06%)

  3. Korean

    381 speakers (0.545%)

9.19% of Riley County, KS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Riley County, KS was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.35% of the overall population of Riley County, KS are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 2.06% speak Chinese and 0.545% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,895 ± 438

  2. Vietnam

    934 ± 157

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    667 ± 177

Riley County, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 3.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Riley County, KS awarded 6,196 degrees. The student population of Riley County, KS is skewed towards men, with 12,667 male students and 12,405 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Riley County, KS are White (4,904 and 84.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (355 and 6.11%), Black or African American (198 and 3.41%), and Two or More Races (141 and 2.43%).

The largest universities in Riley County, KS by number of degrees awarded are Kansas State University (5,558 and 89.7%), Manhattan Area Technical College (437 and 7.05%), and Bellus Academy (138 and 2.23%).

The most popular majors in Riley County, KS are General Human Development & Family Studies (227 and 3.66%), General Animal Sciences (224 and 3.62%), and General Business Administration & Management (197 and 3.18%).

The median tuition costs in Riley County, KS are $14,496 for private four year colleges, and $9,012 and $23,913 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Riley County, KS was General Business Administration & Management with 171 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,558 degrees awarded

  2. 437 degrees awarded

  3. 138 degrees awarded

$9,012

Median In-State Public

$14,496

Median Private

In 2016, the Riley County, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kansas State University with 5,558 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,855

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,341

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,855 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Riley County, KS, which is 0.855 times less than the 3,341 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

    4,904 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    355 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    198 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Riley County, KS were to White students. These 4,904 degrees mean that there were 13.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 355 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Riley County, KS was $189,200 in 2017, which is 0.869 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $184,500 to $189,200, a 2.55% increase. The homeownership rate in Riley County, KS is 42.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Riley County, KS have an average commute time of 14.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Riley 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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$48,428

Median Household Income

± $2,099

26.7k

Number of Households

± 1,126

In 2017, the median household income of the 26.7k households in Riley County, KS grew to $48,428 from the previous year's value of $46,609.

The following chart displays the households in Riley 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

$189,200

2017 Median

± $5,032

$184,500

2016 Median

± $5,159

In 2017, the median property value in Riley County, KS grew to to $189,200 from the previous year's value of $184,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Riley 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 Riley County, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Riley County, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Riley County, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

42.3%

2017 Homeownership

41.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 42.3% of the housing units in Riley County, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 41.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Riley 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 Riley County, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Riley 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 Riley County, KS have a shorter commute time (14.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.65% of the workforce in Riley County, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.71%

  3. Walked

    8.69%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Riley County, KS was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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