Community Profile

The city has a home rule charter and is governed by a mayor and 6-member City Council, who appoints a professional City Administrator. The city has adopted a comprehensive plan and has a Unified Development Code. Councilmen serve 3-year terms, and the mayor serves a 4-year term.
  • Year of Incorporation: 1880
  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council-Administrator
  • Location: 20 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Land Size: 14,211 acres (22.2 square miles)
  • Population of Blue Springs (2013 Estimated Population): 53,014
History of Population Growth
Decade
Growth Rate
1970-1980
160.70%
1980-1990
43.34%
1990-2000
19.4%
2000-2010
9.2%

2020 Population Growth Estimates: 60,149

City Demographics
Ethnic Composition
Race
Percentage of Population
White
93.1%
Black or African American
3.1%
Hispanic or Latino
2.9%
Asian
1.0%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
0.1%
Other, not listed
0.9%

Household Characteristics
Category
Units
Total Occupied Housing Units
17,286
Average Household size
2.77
Owner-occupied housing units
12,833
Renter-occupied housing units 4,453
Vacant Housing units
447

All information extracted from 2000 US Census Bureau.

2006 Residential Building Permits
Category
Number of Permits
Single Family 306
2 Family
21
Multifamily (families of 3 or more)
9
Total
336

Social-Economic Characteristics
Category
Number
Median age (years)
33.1
High school graduate or higher
27,354
Bachelor’s degree or higher
8,108
Population in labor force (over 16 years old)
27,209
Median household income
55,402
Employees commuting to work (over 16 years old)
25,968

All information extracted from 2000 US Census Bureau.