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Kansas Population by Race

Kansas the 35th largest U.S. state by population has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White (Non-Hispanic)  are the largest group in Kansas followed by Hispanic or Latino Americans. 

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Ethnic and Racial Percentage

In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in Kansas, comprising 72.55% of the total population. It was followed by the Hispanic or Latino population whose share was 13.02%.

Black or African American was the third largest group at 5.56%. Two or more races were at 5.07% & Asians at 2.90%

The ethnic composition of  Kansas is as follows

Race and OriginActual PopulationPercentage 2022
White alone2,122,57572.25%
Hispanic or Latino382,60313.02%
Black or African American alone163,3525.56%
Two or more races:149,0255.07%
Asian alone85,2252.90%
American Indians and Alaska Natives alone21,9210.75%
Some Other Race alone10,0640.34%
Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islanders3,1150.11%

Source: US Census 2020

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*US Census recognized five racial categories (White, Black or African American, Asian American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as people of two or more races. It also classified respondents as "Hispanic or Latino" or "Not Hispanic or Latino", identifying Hispanic and Latino as an ethnicity (not a race), which comprises the largest minority group in the nation.


Ancestry in Kansas

As per Census Studies & estimate German, Irish, English, American, and Italian have made the five largest ancestry groups in Kansas. In 2020, 6% of the population considered themselves to be of only American ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity). Many of these were of English or Scotch-Irish or European descent; however, their families have lived in the state for so long that they choose to identify as having “American” ancestry or do not know their ancestry.

The Largest Ancestry in Kansas is as follows

6French (except Basque)61,8402.1%
13Subsaharan African26,1790.9%
19French Canadian8,8860.3%
25West Indian 2,3110.1%

Source: US Census 2020

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European Ancestry in Kansas

Non-Hispanic Whites account for nearly 72.25% of Kansas’s population. German, Irish, and English Americans have made up the three largest European ancestry groups in Kansas. As per the Census report, German Americans made up 23.2% of the population and numbered 675,941 members.

Irish Americans made up 10.6% of the population and numbered 308,892. English Americans made up 10.3% of the population and numbered 299,760 followed by Italian ancestry at 2.3% of the population and number 65,978.

Hispanics and Latinos in Kansas

Hispanics and Latinos are the second-largest groups in Kansas after non-Hispanic Europeans. Around 13.02% of Kansas’s Population claims Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity. The Hispanic percentage of the American population grew from 16% in 2010 to 19% in 2020. In Kansas, Hispanics grew from 10.5% of the state to 13%.

The Hispanic population in Kansas is the 26th largest in the nation. Mexican Ancestry (79%) is the largest group followed by Preuto Rician (4.6%), Cuban (1%), Salvorodian (1%), and others. The Hispanic population makes up more than half the population in Seward (66%), Ford (57%), Grant (52%), and Finney (51%) counties. By numbers, Sedgwick (82,630) and Johnson (59,389) are the largest counties by Hispanic Population

African Americans in Kansas

African Americans are the third-largest group in Kansas. As of 2020, those of African ancestry accounted for 5.56% of Kansas’s population. They are concentrated in Wyandotte County and Geary County. The black settlement was concentrated primarily in the eastern part of the state, particularly in Wyandotte, Geary, Sedgwick, Leavenworth, and Shawne counties.  Among Cities in Kansas, Kansas City (155,745) has the highest black population followed by Junction City (23,033) and Lansing (11,321).

Asian Americans in Kansas

Asian Americans are a sizable minority group in Kansas. Americans of Asian descent formed 2.90 % of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; the majority are Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and ethnic Chinese.

The number of Asian immigrants has also grown in the major Kansas cities. More than 85,000 persons of Asian descent were identified in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Multi-Race in Kansas

Multiracial individuals are also a visible minority in Kansas. People identifying as multiracial form 5.07%  of the population, and number around 149,025  people. 

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