Liberal, KS

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
21,942
1.26% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jerry Moran
Republican Party
US Senator
Roger Marshall
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
30.5
0.993% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13.6%
2.11% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$57,131
10.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$126,000
15.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
10,717
1.08% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Liberal, KS had a population of 21.9k people with a median age of 30.5 and a median household income of $57,131. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Liberal, KS declined from 22,223 to 21,942, a −1.26% decrease and its median household income grew from $51,809 to $57,131, a 10.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Liberal, KS are White (Non-Hispanic) (28.1%), Other (Hispanic) (27.1%), White (Hispanic) (18.1%), Two+ (Hispanic) (17.8%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.96%).

None of the households in Liberal, KS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

83.1% of the residents in Liberal, KS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Liberal, KS are Seward County Community College (410 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Liberal, KS was $126,000, and the homeownership rate was 65.3%.

Most people in Liberal, KS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 14.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Liberal, KS was 2 cars per household.

Liberal, KS borders Guymon, OK.

Population & Diversity

Liberal, KS is home to a population of 21.9k people, from which 83.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 29% of Liberal, KS residents were born outside of the country (6.37k people).

In 2022, there were 1.04 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.17k people) in Liberal, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.94k Other (Hispanic) and 3.96k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

83.1%
2022 Citizenship
82.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 83.1% of Liberal, KS residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Liberal, KS was 82.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Liberal, KS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    6.17k ± 66
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    5.94k ± 961
  3. White (Hispanic)
    3.96k ± 926
64.2%
Hispanic Population
14.1k people

In 2022, there were 1.04 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.17k people) in Liberal, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.94k Other (Hispanic) and 3.96k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

64.2% of the people in Liberal, KS are hispanic (14.1k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Liberal, KS as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    82,300 ± 6,944 people
  2. India
    14,639 ± 2,963 people
  3. Vietnam
    10,989 ± 2,569 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 82,300 Kansas residents, followed by India with 14,639 and Vietnam with 10,989.

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Foreign-Born Population

29%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.37k people
29%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
6.43k people

As of 2022, 29% of Liberal, KS residents (6.37k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Liberal, KS was 29%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    141 ± 70
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    67 ± 62
  3. Korea
    30 ± 25

Liberal, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Liberal, KS employs 10.7k people. The largest industries in Liberal, KS are Manufacturing (2,811 people), Educational Services (1,249 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,132 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($132,661), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($85,357), and Finance & Insurance ($65,430).

Males in Kansas have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,429. The income inequality in Kansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

10.7k
2022 Value
± 862
−1.08%
1 Year decline
± 11.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Liberal, KS declined at a rate of −1.08%, from 10.8k employees to 10.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Liberal, KS, are Production Occupations (2,014 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (974 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (821 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Liberal, KS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

10.7k
2022 Value
± 862
−1.08%
1 Year decline
± 11.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Liberal, KS declined at a rate of −1.08%, from 10.8k employees to 10.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Liberal, KS, are Manufacturing (2,811 people), Educational Services (1,249 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,132 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Liberal, KS, though some of these residents may live in Liberal, KS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,539
Median earning men ± $4,175
$28,746
Median earning women ± $2,376

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($92,000), Wholesale Trade ($81,964), and Public Administration ($56,094).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,508), Information ($50,662), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($47,646).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.11%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.44M people employed in Kansas. This represents a 3.11% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kansas.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 200
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 130
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 107
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Kansas went to Donald J. Trump with 56.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.23%).

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing the state of Kansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Kansas

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Jerry Moran
Senator from Kansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Roger Marshall
Senator from Kansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing Kansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kansas

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Liberal, KS awarded 410 degrees. The student population of Liberal, KS in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 604 male students and 1,059 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Liberal, KS are Hispanic or Latino (251 and 62.9%), followed by White (118 and 29.6%), Unknown (10 and 2.51%), and Asian (6 and 1.5%).

The largest universities in Liberal, KS by number of degrees awarded are Seward County Community College (410 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Liberal, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (115 and 28%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (84 and 20.5%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (34 and 8.29%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,663 students enrolled in Liberal, KS, 36.3% men and 63.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 885 records, of which 64.1% were women and 35.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 115 degrees awarded
  2. 22 degrees awarded
  3. 10 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Liberal, KS was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 115 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Liberal, KS according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
410 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Seward County Community College with 410 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 137 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Liberal, KS, which is 0.502 times less than the 273 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 251 degrees mean that there were 2.13 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 118 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,368) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,376) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,460) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.872% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.778% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (605k), Some college (553k), and Bachelors Degree (450k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Liberal, KS was $126,000 in 2022, which is 0.447 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $109,400 to $126,000, a 15.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Liberal, KS is 65.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Liberal, KS have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Liberal, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Liberal, KS is $57,131. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Liberal, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $103,644, followed by Miami County, KS and Pottawatomie County, KS, with respective values of $85,564 and $85,241.

Property

$126,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,806
$4,615
Median Property Taxes
±$505

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Liberal, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Liberal, KS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

65.3%
Homeownership
2022
64.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.3% of the housing units in Liberal, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Liberal, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $103,644, followed by Miami County, KS and Pottawatomie County, KS, with respective values of $85,564 and $85,241.

The following map shows all of the counties in Liberal, KS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$57,131
Median Household Income
± $4,351
7.07k
Number of Households
± 694

In 2022, the median household income of the 7.07k households in Liberal, KS grew to $57,131 from the previous year's value of $51,809.

The following chart displays the households in Liberal, KS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Liberal, KS is from Kansas.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in Kansas
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in Kansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.512% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.7%)
  2. Carpooled (17.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.41%)

In 2022, 75.7% of workers in Liberal, KS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17.2%) and those who worked at home (3.41%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

14.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Liberal, KS have a shorter commute time (14.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.36% of the workforce in Liberal, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Liberal, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Liberal, KS have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Liberal, KS (2.92k out of 21.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Liberal, KS is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

85.5% of the population of Liberal, KS has health coverage, with 52.8% on employee plans, 15% on Medicaid, 8.1% on Medicare, 9.32% on non-group plans, and 0.317% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kansas see 1271 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.548% decrease from the previous year (1278 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1630 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 467 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,271 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kansas

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1,271 patients per year. This represents a 0.548% decrease from the previous year (1,278 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kansas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 32.9% under 18 years, 23.4% between 18 and 34 years, 33.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 9.79% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51% were men and 49% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

14.5%
Uninsured
52.8%
Employer Coverage
15%
Medicaid
8.1%
Medicare
9.32%
Non-Group
0.317%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Liberal, KS declined by 0.0695% from 14.5% to 14.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Liberal, KS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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