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A quick review of the latest certified population figures from the Kansas Secretary of State does not paint a pretty picture for most communities but Moundridge is a bright spot! Over 36 pages of data on every city, county and township in the state shows a wide majority of the state saw declining population numbers in 2015 to 2016. But during that same time period Moundridge stood out as one of five communities with more than 1,000 residents that saw an increase of 2.4 percent or more. In addition to this report the latest U.S. Census estimates put the population for Moundridge at 1,814 in 2017.
According to the Secretary of State's office Basehor, Kansas in Leavenworth County saw an increase of 4.6 percent with 249 new residents. Spring Hill, Kansas in Johnson County had an increase of 3.9 percent with 97 new residents. Bel Aire which is located in Sedgewick County had a 3.0 percent growth with 226 new residents and Syracuse had a 2.5 percent increase with 42 new residents. Rounding out the top five is Moundridge which had a 2.4 percent increase with 41 new residents moving in 2015 to 2016.
Overall the state of Kansas had an increase of 0.1 percent in this time period. Wichita had no change in population, McPherson had an increase of 0.2 percent, Newton and Hutchinson both had an increase of 0.6 percent and Salina had a population increase of 1.0 percent.
Several years ago the City of Moundridge commissioned a study and learned that approximately 68% of our workforce drives into Moundridge every day to work. There is a strong demand for workforce housing. The City responded with programs to help spur new housing development. As a result there was a 7% increase in new housing construction in 2016 with 55 new housing units completed including 42 new residences constructed with the assistance of a tax credit program and the creation of a Rural Housing Incentive District (RHID).
Today the call for more construction and market rate housing continues as The Bradbury Company recently added a third shift and other employers continue to seek quality workers. We anticipate more growth as we see interest from existing businesses that want to grow and new businesses are looking at our community as a place to take root.
The City has land available for development and offers competitive incentives to help attract more growth.
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