Buffalo County, NE

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Population

48,834

0.893% growth

Poverty Rate

14.4%


Median Age

32.9


Median Household Income

$55,053

1.77% growth

Number of Employees

27,447

0.38% growth

Median Property Value

$161,200

3.4% growth

About

In 2017, Buffalo County, NE had a population of 48.8k people with a median age of 32.9 and a median household income of $55,053. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Buffalo County, NE grew from 48,402 to 48,834, a 0.893% increase and its median household income grew from $54,098 to $55,053, a 1.77% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Buffalo County, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.4%), White (Hispanic) (5.58%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (2.29%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.44%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.28%). N/A% of the people in Buffalo County, NE speak a non-English language, and 97.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Buffalo County, NE are University of Nebraska at Kearney (1,420 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Buffalo County, NE is $161,200, and the homeownership rate is 63.1%. Most people in Buffalo County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Buffalo County, NE is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Buffalo County, NE employs 27.4k people. The largest industries in Buffalo County, NE are Retail Trade (4,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,417 people), and Manufacturing (3,297 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($82,679), Utilities ($66,389), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,080).

Median household income in Buffalo County, NE is $55,053. Males in Buffalo County, NE have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,865. The income inequality in Buffalo County, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.446, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,053

2017 value

± $2,413

1.77%

1 Year Growth

± 6.3%

Households in Buffalo County, NE have a median annual income of $55,053, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $54,098 in 2016, which represents a 1.77% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,849

Average Male Salary

± $2,084

$42,865

Average Female Salary

± $1,555

In 2017, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Nebraska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $46,766 ± $9,518

  2. White

    $44,931 ± $1,266

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $34,147 ± $19,585

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buffalo County, NE is from Nebraska.

0.446

2017 Wage GINI

0.447

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.446 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.189% 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)

  1. Census Tract 9692.04

  2. Census Tract 9690

  3. Census Tract 9692.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buffalo County, NE was Census Tract 9692.04 with a value of $80,483, followed by Census Tract 9690 and Census Tract 9692.02, with respective values of $68,221 and $64,219.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Buffalo County, NE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buffalo County, NE (6.67k out of 46.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. 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

    5,940 ± 481

  2. Hispanic

    1,068 ± 192

  3. Black

    325 ± 163

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buffalo County, NE 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

27.4k

2017 Value

± 984

0.38%

1 Year growth

± 5.04%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buffalo County, NE grew at a rate of 0.38%, from 27.3k employees to 27.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buffalo County, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,714 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,246 people), and Management Occupations (2,872 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buffalo County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Buffalo County, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,714 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,246 people), and Management Occupations (2,872 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Buffalo County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.65 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.35 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.24 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Buffalo County, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($69,276), Legal Occupations ($56,012), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($55,577).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

27.4k

2017 Value

± 984

0.38%

1 Year growth

± 5.04%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buffalo County, NE grew at a rate of 0.38%, from 27.3k employees to 27.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buffalo County, NE, are Retail Trade (4,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,417 people), and Manufacturing (3,297 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buffalo County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Buffalo County, NE 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 Buffalo County, NE, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (4,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,417 people), and Manufacturing (3,297 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Buffalo County, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.61 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.42 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Buffalo County, NE, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($82,679), Utilities ($66,389), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,080).

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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. $24.4B

  2. $22.4B

  3. $12.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.4B, followed by Meat/seafood ($22.4B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($12.9B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$162B

2020 Value

$229B

Projected 2045 Value

41.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Nebraska trade was $162B. This is expected to increase 41.8% 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. $13.3B

  2. $10B

  3. $9.14B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $13.3B, followed by Kansas with $10B and California and $9.14B.

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 Buffalo County, NE has health coverage, with 56.4% on employee plans, 8.46% on Medicaid, 9.25% on Medicare, 15.9% on non-group plans, and 1.71% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Buffalo County, NE see 1111 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.64% increase from the previous year (1072 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1372 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 311 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

1,111 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Buffalo County, NE see an average of 1,111 patients per year. This represents a 3.64% increase from the previous year (1,072 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Buffalo County, NE in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

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Access and Quality

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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

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$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

8.26%

Uninsured

56.4%

Employer Coverage

8.46%

Medicaid

9.25%

Medicare

15.9%

Non-Group

1.71%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buffalo County, NE declined by 0.0427% from 8.26% to 8.26%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Buffalo County, NE changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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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

Buffalo County, NE is home to a population of 48.8k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.31% of Buffalo County, NE residents were born outside of the country (2.11k people).

In 2017, there were 15.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (42.7k people) in Buffalo County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.72k White (Hispanic) and 1.12k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Buffalo County, NE was 32.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Buffalo County, NE are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Buffalo County, NE residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.31%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.11k people

4.07%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.97k people

As of 2017, 4.31% of Buffalo County, NE residents (2.11k people) 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 Buffalo County, NE was 4.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    47,787 ± 5,299 people

  2. Guatemala

    8,331 ± 2,236 people

  3. Vietnam

    6,596 ± 1,990 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 47,787 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,331 and Vietnam with 6,596.

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Citizenship

97.2%

2017 Citizenship

97%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.2% of Buffalo County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Buffalo County, NE was 97%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Buffalo County, NE

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    42.7k ± 8

  2. White (Hispanic)

    2.72k ± 320

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    1.12k ± 226

In 2017, there were 15.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (42.7k people) in Buffalo County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.72k White (Hispanic) and 1.12k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Buffalo County, NE as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    921 ± 169

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    510 ± 145

  3. Korea

    293 ± 89

Buffalo County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Buffalo County, NE awarded 1,420 degrees. The student population of Buffalo County, NE is skewed towards women, with 2,614 male students and 4,030 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Buffalo County, NE are White (1,209 and 88.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (92 and 6.73%), Asian (21 and 1.54%), and Unknown (16 and 1.17%).

The largest universities in Buffalo County, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska at Kearney (1,420 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Buffalo County, NE are General Business Administration & Management (157 and 11.1%), Elementary Education & Teaching (146 and 10.3%), and General Biological Sciences (77 and 5.42%).

The median tuition costs in Buffalo County, NE are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,753 and $12,533 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Buffalo County, NE was Elementary Education & Teaching with 126 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,420 degrees awarded

$5,753

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Buffalo County, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska at Kearney with 1,420 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

522

Degrees Awarded to Men

898

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 522 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Buffalo County, NE, which is 0.581 times less than the 898 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,209 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    92 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    21 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Buffalo County, NE were to White students. These 1,209 degrees mean that there were 13.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 92 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buffalo County, NE was $161,200 in 2017, which is 0.702 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $155,900 to $161,200, a 3.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Buffalo County, NE is 63.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Buffalo County, NE have an average commute time of 14.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Buffalo County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$161,200

2017 Median

± $4,286

$155,900

2016 Median

± $3,916

In 2017, the median property value in Buffalo County, NE grew to to $161,200 from the previous year's value of $155,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Buffalo County, NE 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 Buffalo County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$55,053

Median Household Income

± $2,413

18.9k

Number of Households

± 804

In 2017, the median household income of the 18.9k households in Buffalo County, NE grew to $55,053 from the previous year's value of $54,098.

The following chart displays the households in Buffalo County, NE 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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

63.1%

2017 Homeownership

63.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.1% of the housing units in Buffalo County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Buffalo County, NE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

14.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buffalo County, NE have a shorter commute time (14.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.82% of the workforce in Buffalo County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82%

  2. Carpooled

    9.27%

  3. Walked

    3.47%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Buffalo County, NE was Drove Alone (82%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.27%) and those who Walked (3.47%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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