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November 2013 -

The American Community Survey is one of few sources that allow evaluation of migration by education level. Nebraska’s figures improved from an outmigration of around 1,600 people age 25+ with a Bacehlor’s Degree in 2007 to be an inmigration of about 1,600 in 2009. Nebraska has traditionally suffered from a “brain drain” and that has returned in 2011 and 2012, with the state having a net loss of about 4,000 people with higher education in each year. See a graph of the data here.

September 2013 -

Nebraska’s median household income ($50,695) is now above that for the entire U.S. ($50,502). However, the same figures from the 2007-11 ACS show that only 14 Nebraska counties exceed the statewide average. Many of those 14 are outlying metro counties led by Sarpy ($69,018), Washington ($64,737), and Cass ($63,608). At the opposite end of the spectrum, 4 counties had a median household income below $35,000 (Banner, Brown, Nuckolls, Sheridan). See the full list here.

August 2013 -

Nebraska ranks low for the percentage of households where grandparents live with grandchildren: By analyzing the relationship of household members to who fills out census forms, household type is established. In the 2007-11 American Community Survey 3.8% of U.S. households had a grandparent living with a grandchild. In Nebraska only 2.1% of households had such an arrangement, ranking 45th lowest among the states. See the ranking here. Additionally, Nebraska ranks 42nd lowest for the percentage of households that are “multigenerational” (only 1.9% - see here). Other nearby states like Iowa, Kansas and the Dakotas also rank relatively low on these measures.

June 2013 - Only 10 of Nebraska’s 93 counties had more children under age 18 in 2010 than what they did in 2000. While Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy Counties saw their number of children increase by nearly 27,000, the rest of the state saw their number of children decline by nearly 18,000 over the decade. Nebraska’s 13 metro counties as currently defined increased by 9.8% while nonmetro counties had an equal but opposite change, a -9.8% decline. The number of children declined by 20% or more in nearly a quarter of the state’s counties (22 of 93). See the datafile.

May 2013 - The Nebraska Hispanic/Latino population increased by 77% from 2000 to 2010, the fastest growth of any racial/ethnic group. That percent change was half of the 155% increase during the 1990s. However, percent changes are influenced by the starting value and when that base is small, larger percent changes occur. In such cases with fast growing populations, it helps to evaluate the numeric growth, which was about a 57,500 Hispanic person increase in the 90s versus a larger 73,000 person gain in the 2000s. What occurred in your county of interest? Click here to see a table with the changes for Hispanic/Latino since the 1980 Census.

March 2013 - The Omaha metro area ranks 28th among the 100 most populous metros regarding the percentage of the population age 25 and older who have a Bachelor’s Degree or more education. Based on surveying between 2009 and 2011, 32.5% of Omaha area residents had graduated college similar to the percentages in Charlotte, Kansas City, and Philadelphia. Omaha has a higher percentage of higher educated residents than the Milwaukee, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Cincinnati metros, among many others. For the full list see here.

November 29, 2012 - Nebraska ranks quite high regarding its percentage of households that are married couple families. The 2011 ACS showed that 51.1% of Nebraska households consist of married couples, ranking 7th highest among the states and higher than the U.S. average of 48.3%. Nebraska’s figure has declined since 2000, when 54.2% of all households were married couples.

November 8, 2012 – 2011 ACS data show Nebraska ranks #2 in the labor force participation rate of those aged 16-64; #4 regarding the percentage of children under age 6 with all parents in the labor force, and the top state for the percentage of married-couples with both spouses in the labor force.

October 19, 2012 – Nebraska’s real median household income increased 1.1% from 2010 to 2011, ranking 9th best in the U.S. Iowa barely changed (a 0.1% gain) while Kansas declined 1.5%, similar to the U.S. average of a 1.3% decline. This marks the second year in a row Nebraska’s income growth has been among the top states in the nation.

September 6, 2012 – The average age for mothers having their first birth increased sharply in Nebraska from 22.1 in 1970 to 24.2 in 1990, and then has more gradually increased to 24.9 in 2010. The value will likely hit or exceed 25 years of age in 2011. View a chart of the data.

August 16, 2012 – Think poverty in Omaha only exists in the eastern part of the city? Think again. There are 8 census tracts fully west of 90th Street that have a poverty rate of 15% or more, including 2 where the poverty rate is more than 20%. View the latest map of Percent of Persons in Poverty: 2006-2010 for Douglas County.

July 19, 2012 - Eighteen of Nebraska’s 93 counties had a poverty rate at or above 15% for the 2006-2010 timeframe. Six are located in the far western portion of the state. Each county along the southern border with Kansas has a poverty rate of 10% or higher.

July 9, 2012 - Over half (52%) of Native Americans in both Omaha and Lincoln reported having no healthcare coverage of any kind for themselves.[1]

This compares with an overall uninsured rate of 15.5% of all Nebraska adults.

[1] From the 2010 CPAR report prepared for the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition entitled Native American Health Needs Assessment: Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska by R.K. Piper.

July 2, 2011 - Nebraska has the 4th highest fertility rate among the states (births per thousand women aged 15-50). Additionally, it also has the 4th highest fertility rate among major racial and ethic groups as well – Black, Hispanic/Latino, and White non-Hispanic. Alaska is the only other state where the fertility rate ranks consistently high for each major racial group so Nebraska stands out in its consistently high fertility rate.

June 20, 2012 - Nebraska is often perceived as an "older state" regarding its population's age. However, certain 2010 Census data portray the opposite. Nebraska's median (midpoint) age of 36.2 years is a full year younger than the U.S. average and is the 14th youngest among all states. Nebraska has a higher percentage of its population under age 5, age 5-19, and age 20-34 than the U.S. average.

June 14, 2012 - Older Nebraskans work!! Nebraska ranks as the #1 state regarding participation in the labor force among leading edge baby boomers aged 55-64. Nearly 75% of people this age are working or looking for work versus a U.S. average of 64%. Nebraska ranks #3 in labor force participation of those aged 65 or older, trailing only harsh-weather Alaska and high cost of living Washington D.C. (work is the reason those relatively older would be residing in those "harder to live" locations). [Source: CPAR analysis of 2006-10 ACS data]

June 11, 2012- While Nebraska and Missouri had similar growth rates in the 2000s (6.7 and 7.0 percent respectively), nearly 75 percent of Nebraska counties lost population, versus only 26 percent of Missouri counties losing population from 2000 to 2010.

June 1, 2012 – Among the 50 states and D.C., Nebraska ranks 50th regarding the percentage of households that have “retirement income”, meaning ‘retirement, survivor, or disability benefits from companies/unions, federal/state/local government, and the military’ (pensions). The 13.5 percent of Nebraska households receiving such income was only trailed by 11.8 percent in North Dakota. [Source: 2006-10 ACS]

May 25, 2012 – The Census Bureau released estimates regarding accuracy in the 2010 census on May 22, 2012. Nebraska was one of 31 states to have an “overcount”, whereby more people were counted than were believed to be truly residing there. Overcounts stem primarily form duplicated records (i.e. college student claimed by parental household but also counted on campus). Nebraska’s overcount of 0.54 percent was smaller than the estimated overcount of 0.81 percent in 2000. Nationally, in 2010 the population was estimated to be overcounted by a mere 0.01 percent, which compares to a 0.49 percent overcount in 2000. By these and other measures, the 2010 census was a job well done regarding accuracy.

May 18, 2012 – Census estimates released May 17, 2012 showed the Nebraska Hispanic population increased by slightly less than 6,000 people from 2010 to 2011. That was the smallest annual growth in at least 10 years. [Source: 2011 Vintage estimates by Race/Ethnicity]