Johnson County, Kansas

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Johnson county, Kansas, saw a growth rate of 30 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 591,178. For more information on Johnson County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2017

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Median Household Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Language Proficiency

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Educational Attainment

Johnson County has a high level of educational attainment in the region. More than fifty percent of the county's population has at least a bachelor's degree or above.

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are more than 363,000 jobs in Johnson County of those 188,694 are held by residents, an additional 156,566 non-residents commute in to work. While 106,702 residents work outside the county.

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2015

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Employment Centers

This map shows where large concentrations of employers reside within Johnson County.

Competitive Industries

Johnson County's top 10 competitive industries are listed by their location quotient. A location quotient shows how the county compares in a particular sector to national numbers. A quotient of one means the county has the same percentage of its workers in that industry as the nation. A number below that means the percentage is lower than the national number, and a number greater than one means the county has a higher percentage of workers employed in that sector.

Competitive Industries - 2018

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
551 Management of Companies and Enterprises 2.66 14,750
493 Warehousing and Storage 2.47 6,603
533 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 2.47 137
492 Couriers and Messengers 2.32 4,208
524 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities 2.30 13,669
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 2.17 2,353
425 Warehousing and Storage 2.16 3,313
482 Rail Transportation 2.08 1,053
523 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 1.72 4,100
541 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 1.57 38,951

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3


Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

* TCPU - Transportation, communication and public utilities
** FIRE - Finance, insurance and real estate

Hiring Demand Snapshot

Source: JobsEQ, 2018

The top occupations and skills below were compiled using JobsEQ and are being reported on a quarterly basis.

Top 20 Occupations Most in Demand

Retail Salespersons
Customer Service Representatives
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
Computer User Support Specialists
Registered Nurses
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Software Developers, Applications
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
Medical Secretaries
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard
Human Resources Specialists
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks


On Jan. 2, 2019, there were 12,017 job postings in Johnson County.

Source: Jobs EQ

Top 10 Skills

Customer Service
Cooperative/Team Player
Self-Motivated/Ability to Work Independently/Self Leadership
Detail Oriented/Meticulous
Adaptability/Flexibility/Tolerance of Change and Uncertainty
Ability to Work in a Fast Paced Environment
Problem Solving
Microsoft Excel

Source: Jobs EQ

Erika Garcia-Reyes, Workforce Development Coordinator
Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105 | 816-701-8308