Dakota County, NE

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Population
20,317
1.03% 1-year decline
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Ben Sasse
Republican Party
Median Age
33.8

Poverty Rate
16.6%

Median Household Income
$55,017
4.99% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$114,900
1.29% 1-year decline
Number of Employees
10,275
1.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Dakota County, NE had a population of 20.3k people with a median age of 33.8 and a median household income of $55,017. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Dakota County, NE declined from 20,529 to 20,317, a -1.03% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,401 to $55,017, a 4.99% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dakota County, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (49%), White (Hispanic) (19.9%), Other (Hispanic) (17.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.42%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.23%). NaNk% of the people in Dakota County, NE speak a non-English language, and 85.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Dakota County, NE is $114,900, and the homeownership rate is 65.8%. Most people in Dakota County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Dakota County, NE is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Nebraska (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Nebraska across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Dakota County, NE went to Donald J. Trump with 57.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (36.9%), followed by Other (5.56%). The most partisan county was Keya Paha County, NE with 96% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse are the senators currently representing the state of Nebraska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Dakota County, NE
57.6% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Nebraska
  1. 96% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 91.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 90.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Nebraska was Keya Paha County, NE with 96% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Nebraska colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Nebraska

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Deb Fischer
Senator from Nebraska1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ben Sasse
Senator from Nebraska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse are the senators currently representing Nebraska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Nebraska over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Nebraska

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Nebraska have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Dakota County, NE is home to a population of 20.3k people, from which 85.7% are citizens. As of 2018, 24.1% of Dakota County, NE residents were born outside of the country (4.9k people).

In 2018, there were 2.46 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.95k people) in Dakota County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.05k White (Hispanic) and 3.51k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dakota County, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    9.95k ± 116
  2. White (Hispanic)
    4.05k ± 903
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    3.51k ± 919
38.5%
Hispanic Population
7.82k people

In 2018, there were 2.46 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.95k people) in Dakota County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.05k White (Hispanic) and 3.51k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

38.5% of the people in Dakota County, NE are hispanic (7.82k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

24.1%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
4.9k people
23.7%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
4.86k people

As of 2018, 24.1% of Dakota County, NE residents (4.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dakota County, NE was 23.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

29
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.6
39
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2

In 2018, the median age of all people in Dakota County, NE was 33.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 29, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Dakota County, NE are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Dakota County, NE residents was 34.

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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

85.7%
2018 Citizenship
85.3%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 85.7% of Dakota County, NE residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Dakota County, NE was 85.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    378 ± 100
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    187 ± 101
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    74 ± 50

Dakota County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Dakota County, NE is $55,017. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Dakota County, NE was Census Tract 104 with a value of $66,198, followed by Census Tract 103 and Census Tract 102, with respective values of $62,098 and $56,412.

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

The economy of Dakota County, NE employs 10.3k people. The largest industries in Dakota County, NE are Manufacturing (3,110 people), Construction (1,048 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (920 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($52,510), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,875), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,813).

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,017
2018 value
± $2,454
4.99%
1 Year Growth
± 7.55%

Households in Dakota County, NE have a median annual income of $55,017, 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 $52,401 in 2017, which represents a 4.99% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,849
Average Male Salary in Nebraska
± $2,084
$42,865
Average Female Salary in Nebraska
± $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 in Nebraska
  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 in Nebraska.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Nebraska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dakota County, NE is from Nebraska.
0.446
2017 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.447
2016 Wage GINI in Nebraska

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 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 104
  2. Census Tract 103
  3. Census Tract 102

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dakota County, NE was Census Tract 104 with a value of $66,198, followed by Census Tract 103 and Census Tract 102, with respective values of $62,098 and $56,412.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dakota County, NE (3.31k out of 20k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males < 5.

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
    1,566 ± 257
  2. Hispanic
    1,376 ± 338
  3. Other
    891 ± 301

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dakota County, NE is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

10.3k
2018 Value
± 695
1.1%
1 Year growth
± 9.42%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Dakota County, NE grew at a rate of 1.1%, from 10.2k employees to 10.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dakota County, NE, are Production Occupations (2,247 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,288 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (854 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dakota County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dakota County, NE, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,247 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,288 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (854 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dakota County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.81 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.65 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dakota County, NE, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($64,844), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,417), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($57,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.3k
2018 Value
± 695
1.1%
1 Year growth
± 9.42%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Dakota County, NE grew at a rate of 1.1%, from 10.2k employees to 10.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dakota County, NE, are Manufacturing (3,110 people), Construction (1,048 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (920 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dakota County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Dakota 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 Dakota County, NE, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,110 people), Construction (1,048 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (920 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dakota County, NE has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (3.01 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.95 times), and Construction (1.59 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dakota County, NE, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($52,510), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,875), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,813).

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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 ($20.7B) and Live animals/fish ($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

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$149B
2015 Value in Nebraska
$229B
Projected 2045 Value in Nebraska
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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dakota County, NE was $114,900 in 2018, which is 0.5 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $116,400 to $114,900, a 1.29% decrease. The homeownership rate in Dakota County, NE is 65.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dakota County, NE have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dakota County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$114,900
2018 Median
± $6,425
$116,400
2017 Median
± $6,478

In 2018, the median property value in Dakota County, NE declined from to $114,900 from the previous year's value of $116,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dakota 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 Dakota County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$55,017
Median Household Income
± $2,454
7.46k
Number of Households
± 617

In 2018, the median household income of the 7.46k households in Dakota County, NE grew to $55,017 from the previous year's value of $52,401.

The following chart displays the households in Dakota 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dakota County, NE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dakota County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

65.8%
2018 Homeownership
65.9%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 65.8% of the housing units in Dakota County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.9%.

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

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Commute Time

14.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dakota County, NE have a shorter commute time (14.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.44% of the workforce in Dakota County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    76.6%
  2. Carpooled
    15.2%
  3. Walked
    3.97%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Dakota County, NE was Drove Alone (76.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (15.2%) and those who Walked (3.97%).

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

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Health

85.8% of the population of Dakota County, NE has health coverage, with 51% on employee plans, 14.3% on Medicaid, 9.41% on Medicare, 9.8% on non-group plans, and 1.28% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Dakota County, NE see 20781 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.331% decrease from the previous year (20850 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2924 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 487 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

20,781 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dakota County, NE

Primary care physicians in Dakota County, NE see an average of 20,781 patients per year. This represents a 0.331% decrease from the previous year (20,850 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Dakota 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%).

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,412
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Nebraska
$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

14.2%
Uninsured
51%
Employer Coverage
14.3%
Medicaid
9.41%
Medicare
9.8%
Non-Group
1.28%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dakota County, NE declined by 8.68% from 15.6% to 14.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dakota 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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