Cencus: County sees growth
Slowdown in growth hasn't struck all area counties, as Leavenworth County is experiencing some progress.
According to the new Census report, from July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007, Leavenworth County experienced a 1.4-percent growth rate.
In fact, Leavenworth County added 1,012 residents during the time period. That's nearly 100 more than Douglas County did, despite Leavenworth County being about 40,000 people smaller than Douglas County.
"We feel like we've really started to reverse a downward trend," said Chris Dunn, Leavenworth County's planning and zoning director.
Dunn said the county had become a popular place for military retirees, who were looking for lower land and home prices. There's also a large number of government contractors doing work at Ft. Leavenworth related to the War on Terror.
He also said the county continued to be well-situated for Kansas City commuters and employees of the growing Legends shopping center area in western Wyandotte County.
"If you have a job at the Legends, Basehor, Linwood, Tonganoxie are all good places to live," Dunn said.
Jefferson County, meanwhile, had little growth, but did not see a decline. The county had 18,467 in 2007, up by 23 people for a 0.1 percent increase.
Johnson County continued to chug along with a 1.9-percent growth rate, fourth best in the state.
Neighboring Douglas County, which for decades has been a leader in population growth in Kansas, is doing little more than keeping pace with the statewide average.
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