NEJC cities showing population gains in updated Census estimates; Westwood up 14 percent since 2010

Dan Blom - June 9, 2016 9:00 am
Westwood will be looking to solidify a community master plan in the coming months.
Westwood showed a 14 percent jump in population in the Census update.

All of the cities in northeast Johnson county have increased in population since the 2010 Census, according to new population estimates that were released by the Census Bureau last month. The estimate reflects the population as of July 2015.

Among the increases was a substantial 14 percent jump in the population of Westwood. The estimate for Westwood may include 91 new units for the first phase of Woodside Village that were given permits for construction, according to Westwood’s chief administrative officer Fred Sherman in a statement on the city’s website.

The Westwood population shows a jump from 1,506 in 2010 to 1,719 in 2015.

The NEJC cities and their population gains from 2010 to 2015 include:

  • Fairway – 3,882 to 3,970
  • Merriam – 11,003 to 11,288
  • Mission – 9,323 to 9,491
  • Mission Hills – 3,498 to 3,601
  • Mission Woods – 178 to 182
  • Prairie Village – 21,447 to 21,877
  • Roeland Park – 6,731 to 6,827
  • Westwood – 1,506 to 1,719
  • Westwood Hills – 359 to 364

“Clearly, the demographic trends are reversing,” said Westwood Mayor John M. Yé.  “A decade ago Westwood was struggling to retain residents long term.”

The Census Bureau’s July 1, 2015 population estimate for all of Johnson County stands at 580,159, a 35,980 increase from the 544,179 Census population count in 2010.

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