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June 1, 1992


Curious what Douglas County's population may be in 2020?

Wonder about rates of marriage and divorce in the county? What of births and deaths?

Per capita income? Precipitation? Unemployment?

Answers to these and many more questions about Douglas County and the state are tucked away in the latest edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract.

The 1990-91 collection of facts and figures was just published by Kansas University's Institute for Public Policy and Business Research.

"The purpose is to gather all the statistics possible about Kansas. So people don't have to go searching, we put them in one book," said Thelma Helyar, abstract editor.

Helyar, IPPBR information manager, said the 26th annual edition can be useful to libraries, schools, hospitals, newspapers, TV and radio stations and many businesses.

"IT'S A GOOD reference tool for a public library, because it can answer a lot of questions about the state," she said. "It can certainly save people a lot of time."

According to the abstract, Douglas County's population could increase from 81,800 to 84,100 residents by the year 2000 and to 99,900 by 2020. The headcount in 1920 was 23,998.

By the year 2000, the number of people aged 65 and over in the county is projected to reach 6,800. Twenty years later there may be 10,300 in that age category.

In 1989, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the county ranked 82nd among Kansas counties in per capita income at $13,886.

AVERAGE annual wages per job in Douglas County increased from $13,364 in 1983 to $16,052 in 1989, the report said.

The abstract shows the payroll for county residents doubled in the 1980s. In 1980, it was $177 million. That reached $364 million in 1990.

The number of business establishments in the county increased 50 percent from 1980 to 1989, from 1,246 to 1,878. Only Johnson County exceeded that rate of increase.

Marriage was more popular than divorce in Douglas County from 1988 to 1990, according to the abstract.

Divorces and annulments were 400 in 1988, 333 in 1989 and 398 in 1990. Marriages during those same years were 709 in 1988, 748 in 1989 and 712 in 1990.

The abstract showed births in those three years exceeded deaths. Births ranged from 1,039 in 1988 to 1,131 in 1989. Deaths were 393 in 1988 and increased to 419 in 1990.

IN 1990, there were 304 reported abortions in Douglas County. The 20- to 24-year age group accounted for 134 abortions. The 14- to 19-year age group totaled 91.

Housing construction during the past 40 years has more than tripled the number of units in the county, the abstract shows. There were 9,358 units in 1950, 18,275 in 1970 and 31,782 in 1990.

Rainfall in the county was average in 1987 and 1990, but below average in 1988 and 1989. Annual precipitation in the four consecutive years: 36.2 inches, 23.8, 29.1 and 36.3. The average from 1951 to 1980 was 36.8 inches.

Shoppers in Douglas County paid more in sales tax each year from 1983 to 1991. In 1983, $9.5 million in tax was collected. By 1987, the tax was $16.1 million. In 1991, $23.1 million was collected.

OIL PRODUCTION in the county increased from 75,000 barrels in 1989 to 83,000 barrels in 1990. However, the number of producing wells declined from 46 to 43.

Helyar said information for the abstract was gleaned from state and federal agency reports and other documents. KU has published an abstract annually since 1965.

"The first one was very thin," she said. "It's has grown steadily."

The abstract can be purchased from the KU institute in book or computer diskette forms.

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