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Riley County, KS&

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0.73% growth
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-0.19% decline
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0.98% growth
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3.66% growth


The economy of Riley County, KS employs 34,186 people. The economy of Riley County, KS is specialized in Educational Services; Accommodation & Food Service; and Public Admin., which employ respectively 2.58; 1.38; and 1.22 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Riley County, KS are Educational Services (8,260), Retail trade (4,389), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (3,553), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($63,662), Finance & Insurance ($40,667), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($38,750).

Median household income in Riley County, KS is $44,437. Males in Riley County, KS have an average income that is 1.21 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,453. The income inequality of Riley County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Riley County, KS. In Riley County, KS the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 18-24 and 18-24, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 61 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,104. Wyandotte County, KS has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Kansas.


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Riley County, KS is home to a population of 75,022 people, from which 94.8% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Riley County, KS is composed of 58,247 White residents (77.6%), 5,844 Hispanic residents (7.79%), 4,744 Black residents (6.32%), 3,369 Asian residents (4.49%), and 2,289 Two+ residents (3.05%). The most common foreign languages in Riley County, KS are Spanish (2,341 speakers), Chinese (1,442 speakers), and Korean (381 speakers), but compared to other places, Riley County, KS has a relative high number of Chinese (1,442 speakers), Thai (61 speakers), and Korean (381 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Riley County, KS awarded 6,291 degrees. The student population of Riley County, KS is skewed towards females, with 2,923 male students and 3,368 female students. Most students in Riley County, KS are White (4,902 and 77.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (303 and 4.82%), Black or African American (203 and 3.23%), and Two or more races (147 and 2.34%). The largest universities in Riley County, KS by number of graduates are Kansas State University (5,585 and 88.8%), Manhattan Area Technical College (398 and 6.33%), and Bellus Academy (174 and 2.77%). The most popular majors in Riley County, KS are General Animal Sciences (200 and 3.18%), General Human Development & Family Studies (186 and 2.96%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (157 and 2.5%). The median tuition costs in Riley County, KS are $13,800 for private four year colleges, and $8,517 and $22,596 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 Riley County, KS is $181,200, which is 0.93 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $174,800 to $181,200, a 3.66% increase. The homeownership rate of Riley County, KS is 41.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Riley County, KS have an average commute time of 14.4 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.


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