Nebraska

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Population

1.92M

0.68% growth

Median Age

36.5


Median Household Income

$59,970

5.35% growth

Poverty Rate

12%


Number of Employees

959,243

1.82% growth

Median Property Value

$155,800

5.2% growth

About

In 2017, Nebraska had a population of 1.92M people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $59,970. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Nebraska grew from 1.91M to 1.92M, a 0.68% increase and its median household income grew from $56,927 to $59,970, a 5.35% increase.

The population of Nebraska is 79% White Alone, 10.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.54% Black or African American Alone. 11.1% of the people in Nebraska speak a non-English language, and 95.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Nebraska are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (5,249 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Nebraska at Omaha (3,497 degrees), and Bellevue University (3,047 degrees).

The median property value in Nebraska is $155,800, and the homeownership rate is 66.3%. Most people in Nebraska commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Nebraska is 2 cars per household.

Nebraska borders Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Economy

The economy of Nebraska employs 959k people. The largest industries in Nebraska are Elementary & secondary schools (61,043 people), Construction (57,152 people), and Hospitals (49,016 people), and the highest paying industries are Drinking places, alcoholic beverages ($182,219), Miscellaneous paper & pulp products ($158,801), and Miscellaneous petroleum & coal products ($137,395).

Median household income in Nebraska is $59,970. Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,416. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.439, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,970

2017 value

± $1,014

5.35%

1 Year Growth

± 2.05%

Households in Nebraska have a median annual income of $59,970, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,927 in 2016, which represents a 5.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$59,385

Average Male Salary

± $2,094

$44,416

Average Female Salary

± $1,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $49,131 ± $8,928

  2. White

    $46,037 ± $1,284

  3. Black

    $39,146 ± $6,924

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

0.439

2017 Wage GINI

0.449

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.439 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.36% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Nebraska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Nebraska was Sarpy County, NE with a value of $80,694, followed by Douglas County, NE and Lancaster County, NE, with respective values of $61,531 and $59,306.

The following map shows all of the counties in Nebraska colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Nebraska (220k out of 1.84M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    166,699 ± 2,661

  2. Hispanic

    43,933 ± 1,416

  3. Black

    24,345 ± 1,052

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Nebraska is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

959k

2017 Value

1.82%

1 Year growth

± 1.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Nebraska grew at a rate of 1.82%, from 942k employees to 959k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Nebraska, are Elementary & middle school teachers (25,986 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (24,238 people), and Retail salespersons (21,748 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Nebraska.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Nebraska, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers (25,986 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (24,238 people), and Retail salespersons (21,748 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Nebraska has an unusually high number of residents working as Buyers & purchasing agents, farm products (8.75 times higher than expected), Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers (6.7 times), and Locomotive engineers & operators (5.5 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Nebraska, by average salary, are Physicians & surgeons ($271,235), Chief executives & legislators ($156,103), and Personal financial advisors ($150,207).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

959k

2017 Value

1.82%

1 Year growth

± 1.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Nebraska grew at a rate of 1.82%, from 942k employees to 959k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Nebraska, are Elementary & secondary schools (61,043 people), Construction (57,152 people), and Hospitals (49,016 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Nebraska, though some of these residents may live in Nebraska and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Nebraska, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools (61,043 people), Construction (57,152 people), and Hospitals (49,016 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Nebraska has an unusually high number of Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers (11.7 times higher than expected), Animal slaughtering & processing (8.26 times), and Other transportation equipment manufacturing (7.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Nebraska, by average salary, are Drinking places, alcoholic beverages ($182,219), Miscellaneous paper & pulp products ($158,801), and Miscellaneous petroleum & coal products ($137,395).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.1B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $11.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.1B, followed by Meat/seafood with $20.7B and Live animals/fish and $11.6B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Nebraska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

$149B

2015 Value

$229B

Projected 2045 Value

53.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Nebraska trade was $149B. This is expected to increase 53.9% to $229B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Nebraska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.4B

  2. $9.12B

  3. $8.39B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $12.4B, followed by Kansas with $9.12B and California and $8.39B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Nebraska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.7% of the population of Nebraska has health coverage, with 54.2% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 2.39% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the state of Nebraska was $8,412 in 2014. This is a 3.43% increase from the previous year ($8,133).

Primary care physicians in Nebraska see 1339 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.45% increase from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1358 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 421 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.5%). Additionally, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,339 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Nebraska see an average of 1,339 patients per year. This represents a 0.45% increase from the previous year (1,333 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

$8,412

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,536

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,964

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,956

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Nebraska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.43%, from $8,133 to $8,412.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.29%

Uninsured

54.2%

Employer Coverage

10.4%

Medicaid

11%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

2.39%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Nebraska declined by 3.07% from 8.55% to 8.29%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.5% prevalence

  2. 14.8% prevalence

  3. 13.5% prevalence

Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska, at 16.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Nebraska is home to a population of 1.92M people, from which 95.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.8% of Nebraska residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Nebraska is composed of 1.52M White Alone residents (79%), 210k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.9%), 87.1k Black or African American Alone residents (4.54%), 46.8k Asian Alone residents (2.44%), 42.9k Two or More Races residents (2.24%), 12.8k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.668%), 1.66k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0866%), and 1.13k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0589%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Nebraska are Spanish or Spanish Creole (131,176 speakers), Other Asian Languages (8,078 speakers), and Vietnamese (6,707 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Nebraska was 36.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Nebraska are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Nebraska residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.63%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 6.8% of Nebraska residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Nebraska was 6.63%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    53,259 ± 5,587 people

  2. Guatemala

    8,952 ± 2,318 people

  3. China

    7,008 ± 2,052 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 53,259 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,952 and China with 7,008.

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Citizenship

95.5%

2017 Citizenship

95.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.5% of Nebraska residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Nebraska was 95.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    1.52M ± 920

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    210k ± 7.35k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    87.1k ± 3.03k

In 2017, there were 7.23 times more White Alone residents (1.52M people) in Nebraska than any other race or ethnicity. There were 210k Hispanic or Latino and 87.1k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Nebraska as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    131,176 speakers (7.43%)

  2. Other Asian Languages

    8,078 speakers (0.458%)

  3. Vietnamese

    6,707 speakers (0.38%)

11.1% of Nebraska citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Nebraska was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 7.43% of the overall population of Nebraska are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.458% speak Other Asian Languages and 0.38% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    40,725 ± 2,127

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    21,554 ± 1,927

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    17,947 ± 1,877

Nebraska has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.89 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Nebraska awarded 31,343 degrees. The student population of Nebraska is skewed towards women, with 60,580 male students and 76,337 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Nebraska are White (23,822 and 79%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,324 and 7.71%), Black or African American (1,262 and 4.19%), and Unknown (1,207 and 4%).

The largest universities in Nebraska by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (5,249 and 16.7%), University of Nebraska at Omaha (3,497 and 11.2%), and Bellevue University (3,047 and 9.72%).

The most popular majors in Nebraska are General Business Administration & Management (2,476 and 7.9%), Registered Nursing (1,509 and 4.81%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,073 and 3.42%).

The median tuition costs in Nebraska are $21,088 for private four year colleges, and $5,460 and $11,888 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,012 degrees awarded

  2. 760 degrees awarded

  3. 1,103 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Nebraska was General Business Administration & Management with 1,012 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Nebraska according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,249 degrees awarded

  2. 3,497 degrees awarded

  3. 3,047 degrees awarded

$5,460

Median In-State Public

$21,088

Median Private

In 2016, the Nebraska institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 5,249 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

13,538

Degrees Awarded to Men

17,805

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 13,538 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Nebraska, which is 0.76 times less than the 17,805 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Nebraska by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    23,822 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,324 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    1,262 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Nebraska were to White students. These 23,822 degrees mean that there were 10.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,324 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Nebraska was $155,800 in 2017, which is 0.716 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $148,100 to $155,800, a 5.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Nebraska is 66.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Nebraska have an average commute time of 17.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Nebraska is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$59,970

Median Household Income

± $1,014

754k

Number of Households

± 11,559

In 2017, the median household income of the 754k households in Nebraska grew to $59,970 from the previous year's value of $56,927.

The following chart displays the households in Nebraska distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$155,800

2017 Median

± $1,954

$148,100

2016 Median

± $1,675

In 2017, the median property value in Nebraska grew to to $155,800 from the previous year's value of $148,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Nebraska compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Nebraska the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Nebraska distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Nebraska the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

66.3%

2017 Homeownership

65.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.3% of the housing units in Nebraska were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Nebraska compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Nebraska distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Nebraska have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

17.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Nebraska have a shorter commute time (17.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.994% of the workforce in Nebraska have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.08%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.7%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Nebraska was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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