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Nebraska State Profile

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Population

  • With 1,758,787 residents in 2005, Nebraska is the 38th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Nebraska grew 2.8 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Nebraska is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 87.5% 87.0% 86.5% 86.1% 85.7% 85.4%
Hispanic, Latino 5.6% 5.9% 6.3% 6.6% 6.9% 7.1%
African-American 4.0% 4.0% 4.1% 4.1% 4.1% 4.1%
Native American, AK Native 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%
Asian, Pacific Islander 1.3% 1.4% 1.4% 1.5% 1.5% 1.6%
Two or More Races 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 1.0% 1.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Nebraska - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The two largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Nebraska are Omaha-Council Bluffs, and Lincoln.
  • Omaha had an estimated population of 813,170 in 2005 – the 60th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • Lincoln (the capital of NE) had 281,553 residents – the 159th largest MSA in the U.S.

Nebraska - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Nebraska ranked 20th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($32,341 per resident).
  • Nebraska’s personal income per capita relative to the U.S. fluctuated between 90 and 100 percent of the U.S. average from 1960 to 2004 – and has risen in recent years (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Nebraska as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Nebraska per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Nebraska has the 14h lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (10.9%) and the 17th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (14.8%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Nebraska - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Nebraska ranked 12th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (91.8%).
  • Nebraska ranked 17th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (30.0%) and 27th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (8.9%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Nebraska has larger percentages of adults who have completed some college, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees and smaller percentages in the remaining educational attainment categories (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Nebraska and the U.S. Average
Nebraska education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Nebraska - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Nebraska had the 7th lowest unemployment rate of all states – 3.8 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Nebraska has a larger percentages of its workforce employed in management and business, farming and fishing, and production and transportation occupations and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Nebraska’s employment in education and health, finance and real estate, transportation, and agriculture industries relative to the U.S. average (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Nebraska ranked 33rd among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Nebraska - Health and Well-Being

  • 11.4 percent of Nebraska residents do not have health insurance – the 9th lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 23.1 percent of Nebraska residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – the same as the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Nebraska, 194 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – lower than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Nebraska residents (298 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – but the rate is lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Nebraska ranked 11th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Nebraska - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Nebraska had the 20th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (309 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 3,521 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Nebraska – slightly above the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Nebraska had the 6th lowest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 236 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Nebraska has remained well below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Nebraska and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Nebraska and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Nebraska Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Nebraska ranges from $13,372 in Loup County to $39,692 in Douglas County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 12.8 percent in Sherman County to 35.2 percent in Wayne County (a ratio of nearly 3 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Nebraska Counties

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