Kansas migration trends

The rate that Kansans leave for other states is slowing down, but the trend for Kansas income is not. These figures are based on statistics that the Internal Revenue Service collects collects, based on address changes noticed when people file tax returns. The IRS collects three statistics. The number of returns filed is an approximation of the number of households that changed addresses, while the number of exemptions approximates the number of people. The adjusted gross income measures the earnings that changed addresses.

The Tax Foundation collects these statistics from the IRS and makes them available on a page called State to State Migration Data.

For Kansas, the statistics for returns filed (approximating households) tell us that each year many households leave the state. The trend, however, is in a better direction as can be seen in the accompanying chart. Still, for the years 2007 to 2008, 37,842 households moved to Kansas from other states, while 39,415 households moved from Kansas to other states. The net out-migration was 1,573 households. (The trend in exemptions, representing people, is very similar.)

While the trend is that each year fewer households are leaving Kansas, the chart tells us that many have left, year after year. For the period from 2000 to 2008, a net of 34,259 returns (households) representing 55,370 exemptions (people) left Kansas. That’s like the entire city of Manhattan packing up and leaving Kansas — in less than a decade.

The trend in AGI (adjusted gross income), however, is not moving in a good direction. For the past several years the trend of income leaving Kansas has been on a downward trajectory, meaning that while each year there is an out-migration of income from Kansas, the pace of income leaving is increasing. This is at the same time the trend of people leaving Kansas is moving in a better direction. While it’s difficult to draw a conclusion from this data, a possibility is that Kansas is becoming poorer, relative to other states.

Kansas migration trendsKansas migration trends. Out-migration of households is slowing, while out-migration of income is not.

3 thoughts on “Kansas migration trends”

  1. Collective bargaining and unions are obviously needed to reverse this disappointing trend in gross household income.

  2. http://www.ncsl.org/documents/redistricting/kansas_census_data_2010.pdf

    The above link shows the Total population percentage increase for Kansas between years 2000 – 2010 was 6.10%

    The white population only grew 4.4% during this time, all other races increased dramatically, such as the Hispanics, which show a 59.4% increase with an additional 111,790 citizens between these years.

    The Asians increased by 49.7%, the African American increased by 18.5%

  3. From Kids count, the Annie E Casey Foundation:
    The number of white children in Kansas has decreased.
    In Kansas year 2000, the number of white children under the age of 18 was 550,452
    Year 2009, shows the number of white children was 503,900

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