Kansas

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State Highlights
  • Total Latino Population

    329,627

  • Median Age of Latinos

    23.6

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $39,869

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    70,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    24.2%

  • Latino Homeownership

    51.4%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    18.0%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Kansas increased by 64.2% and accounted for 61.3% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Kansas’s Latino population totaled 329,627 and constituted 11.4% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Wichita, Kansas City, and Topeka. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Sedgwick and Wyandotte. 4

In 2014, Kansas’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 125,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 70,000 and constituted 5.2% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 62.9% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2015

Kansas passed legislation (KS S105) that allows the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act for use in proceedings related to foreign support issues. 8

Regarding the issue of voting, KS S34 defined the term “voting without being qualified” to include individuals who vote, yet are not U.S. citizens. 9

Kansas was one of twenty-six states that filed a lawsuit against the federal government, arguing that President Obama’s suspension of immigration laws was unconstitutional. 10

76.2% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (67.2% were native born and 9.0% were naturalized). 11

32.8% of Latinos were foreign born. 12

64.8% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 13

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 58.9% spoke English “very well”, 19.9% spoke English “well”, 15.4% spoke English “not well”, and 5.9% spoke English “not at all.” 14

The median age of Latinos was 23.6 years compared to 38.1 years for Whites. 15

39.5% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 23.5% of Whites. 16

Latinos comprise 18.0% of all persons under the age of 18. 17

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 38.8% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 8.5% of Whites), 26.1% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 26.7% of Whites), 22.7% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 32.3% of Whites), 8.2% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 21.2% of Whites), and 4.2% had a Graduate degree (compared to 11.3% of Whites). 18

Median household incomes totaled $39,869 for Latinos and $54,702 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 19

24.2% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 7.6% of Whites. 20

51.4% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 69.6% of White households) and 48.6% were renter occupied (compared to 30.4% of White households). 21

7.6% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 4.4% of Whites. 22

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 144.4% over a 10-year period, going from 4,176 in 2002 to 10,206 in 2012. 23 24

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $1.6 million, representing an increase of 25.2% from 2007. 25 26

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 10,340 people with an annual payroll of $307,454. 27

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Kansas totaled $7.2 billion. 28

From 2000 to 2014, Kansas’s immigrant population increased 51.7%, growing from 134,735 in 2000 to 204,420 in 2014 (immigrant share of 7.0% in 2014). 29

In 2014, 26.9% of immigrants living in Kansas entered the U.S. before 1990, 26.3% entered between 1990 and 1999, 31.2% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 15.6% entered after 2010. 30

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 54.3% of immigrants living in Kansas were born in Latin America, 29.9% were born in Asia, 7.2% were born in Europe, 6.5% were born in Africa, and 2.1% were born in other regions. 31

37.9% of all immigrants in Kansas were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 32

In 2012, 60,152 people (or 4.1% of all registered voters in Kansas) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 33

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 132,008 and made-up 8.3% of Kansas’s workforce. 34

Between 2009 and 2013, 39,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Kansas, representing 66% of the undocumented civilian population. 35 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Kansas would result in a $1.8 billion loss in economic activity and a $807.2 million loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 11,879 jobs. 36

Undocumented immigrants in Kansas paid $69.4 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 37

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