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Kansas City's Economic Heart May be Moving to Johnson County,Kansas


According to the 2008 census many are moving to the suburbs and away from Kansas City’s downtown areas.  The population of Kansas City,MO.  gained approximately 2% since 2000 whereas Spring Hill,KS.  was up 92%,  Gardner,KS. was up 86%,Olathe,KS. was up 29%,Desoto,KS. was up 19%,Lenexa,KS. was up 16% and Overland Park,KS. was up 15%. 

What does all of this mean?   My guess is the prospect of a light rail system in the near term is comatose if not dead.  As much as the Sprint Center and the Power and Light district have created a reason to go downtown,apparently it is not enough to motivate people to m0ve there. 

According to a Kansas City Star article ”…employment in Johnson County exploded 70.7% from 1990 to 2008 compared to Jackson Counties’scant growth of 2.3% job growth.   In the Star article Doug Davidson,president of CERI, said  “Johnson County is a desirable place to live and raise a family.”   “It has great school systems. Its adult population is one of the most highly educated in the nation.  Employers that want highly educated workers are attracted to Johnson County.”

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