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STATISTICS TELL STORY OF COUNTY RESIDENTS

June 1, 1995

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The Kansas Statistical Abstract has all the numbers you'd ever want for research on the economy, health, population and other areas.

Douglas County has $453.9 million in bank deposits, 110 high school dropouts, 197 registered day-care homes, 128 oil wells and one dentist for every 500 people.

And just what do all those numbers mean?

Almost anything you want.

The figures are contained in the Kansas Statistical Abstract 1993-94, compiled by Kansas University's Institute for Public Policy and Business Research.

The 406-page abstract contains a deluge of numbers on business, employment, population, health, housing, elections and education for the nation and state, and Kansas counties and cities.

It's used by hospitals, banks, libraries, schools, businesses, politicians, government agencies and news organizations, said Thelma Helyar, editor of the abstract.

"When you look at the abstract, you can almost look at the quality of life in a county," she said. "You can make a picture of the county, whether it would be a good place to live, or a good place to start an industry."

Among the figures:

  • Douglas County's population -- 88,000 in 1994 -- is projected to be 104,199 by 2030, a 27.4 percent increase. Johnson and Shawnee counties, with current populations of 392,900 and 165,100, respectively, are projected to grow to 655,447 (84.6 percent increase) and 166,809 (3.6 percent), respectively.
  • The number of people age 65 and older in Douglas County is expected to increase from 7,680 this year to 19,300 in 2030.
  • In Douglas County, 88.8 percent of all residents age 25 or older have a high school diploma. Only Johnson (92.9 percent) and Riley (91.7 percent) counties had higher figures.
  • Lawrence was fourth of all Kansas cities in the number of building permits for housing units in 1993 with 791. Only Olathe (852), Overland Park (1,433) and Wichita (1,448) had more. Lawrence's figure was far ahead of Topeka (538), Manhattan (418) and Kansas City, Kan. (130).
  • Of 309 abortions in Douglas County in 1993, 160 were for women ages 20-24; 71 for ages 15-19; 40 for ages 25-29; 17 for ages 30-34; 10 for ages 35-39; nine for ages 40-44; and one each were for ages 10-14 and for 45 and over.
  • The number of births each year in the county has hovered from 1,065 in 1990 to 1,078 in 1993. The number of deaths has risen slightly from 419 to 480, during the same period.

Hard copies and an expanded CD ROM version of the abstract are available for a price, from the IPPBR office, 864-3701.

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