The U.S. Census Bureau estimates four counties in Kansas have reached “minority-majority” status.


The U.S. Census Bureau estimates four counties in Kansas have reached “minority-majority” status.

According to figures released May 14, Finney County between 2007 and 2008 joined the counties of Seward, Ford and Wyandotte where non-Hispanic whites were minorities. Grant and Hamilton counties are expected to join them in 2021 if population growth patterns continue. Their fellow southwestern Kansas counties of Stevens and Stanton will reach that point in the early 2030s, the estimates predicted.

The statewide minority total grew 3.1 percent, faster than the national rate of 2.3 percent. Minorities make up almost 20 percent of the Kansas population, compared with 34 percent nationwide.

Geary County was the state’s fastest-growing county from 2007 to 2008, largely because of an increase in troops based at Fort Riley.