Liberal, KS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Liberal, Kansas - Basic Facts

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The City of Liberal had a population of 21,013 as of July 1, 2016. Liberal ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Liberal is located at latitude 37.0461 and longitude -100.929 in Seward County. The formal boundaries for the City of Liberal (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.22 sq. miles. Seward County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 2,835 feet.

The City of Liberal (GNIS ID: 485613) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Liberal population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Liberal: Neutral City.

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Liberal, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 21,013
Population in Households 20,538
Population in Familes 17,516
Population in Group Qrtrs 475
Population Density1 1,822
Diversity Index2 77


Total Households 6,732
Average Household Size 3.05
Family Households 4,903
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 7,267 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,115 (56.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,617 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 535 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $95,103
Average Home Value $117,568


Median Household Income $42,670
Average Household Income $55,988
Per Capita Income $18,267
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.38% 0.57%
Households 0.26% 0.51%
Families 0.21% 0.48%
Median Household Income   3.25%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Liberal, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Liberal to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 21 97th
Population Density1 # 64 91st
Diversity Index2 # 4 100th
Median Household Income # 450 33rd
Per Capita Income # 639 5th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Kansas Census Data Comparison Tool.