Comparing Nebraska Population Change by Race and Ethnicity
A large portion of Nebraska is experiencing a significant demographic shift that has the potential to impact local economies.
Our report, "Comparing Nebraska Population Change by Race and Ethnicity,” highlights that while Nebraska added 115,000 to its population between 2000 and 2010, only 24 of the state’s 93 counties experienced a population gain. This means that nearly 75 percent of Nebraska counties had a population decline during the decade, stemming predominately from net outmigration.
Of the 24 Nebraska counties that gained population during the 2000s, 11 had population gains among both non-Hispanic Whites and minority population groups. Eleven other counties increased solely because population gains among minorities exceeded a population decline among non-Hispanic Whites. This report details these changes, and “unmasks” such changes that are otherwise unknown if only analyzing total population change, including net migration and the levels of births versus deaths by race and ethnicity.
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