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Changing Demographics and Growth Patterns in Nebraska. Jerry Deichert UNO Center for Public Affairs Research [email protected] 402-554-2134 www.unomaha.edu/cpar www.facebook.com/unocpar Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry 2014 Legislative Caucus/Annual Meeting

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Changing demographics and growth patterns in nebraska

Changing Demographics and Growth Patternsin Nebraska

Jerry Deichert

UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

[email protected] 402-554-2134

www.unomaha.edu/cparwww.facebook.com/unocpar

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

2014 Legislative Caucus/Annual Meeting

January 30, 2014Lincoln, NE


Three major demographic trends

Three Major Demographic Trends

  • Nebraska’s population is becoming more and more concentrated in its most populous counties.

  • The state’s population is getting older and will continue to age.

  • The state’s population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse


State population summary

State Population Summary

  • In 2010, Nebraska had a population count of 1,826,341 persons, an increase of 115,076 or 6.7 percent from the 2000 count of 1,711,265

    • Nebraska ranked 30th in percentage change (an increase from 37th in 1990s)

  • Nebraska’s growth rate of 6.7 percent in the 2000s was not as strong as the 8.4 percent rise seen in the 1990s

    • However, it did exceed the average decade growth rate between 1950 and 2000 (5.3 percent)

    • Congressional District boundaries were redrawn by the Unicameral Legislature

  • In 2013, Nebraska’s population was 1,868,516

    • +2.3% since 2010 (ranks 26th)

    • Compares to 2.4% national growth rate


2000 2010 changes for nebraska s congressional districts

2000-2010 Changes for Nebraska’s Congressional Districts

District20002010ChangePercent Change

NE-1st570,421 626,092+ 55,671 + 9.8%

NE-2nd570,421 638,871+ 68,450 + 12.0%

NE-3rd570,421 561,378- 9,043 - 1.6%

Average district size based on 2010 census is 608,780

DistrictVS. averageEffect of Redistricting

NE-1st +17,312Gained territory from 2nd district &

lost territory to 3rd district

NE-2nd +30,091Lost territory

NE-3rd - 47,402Gained territory


County population summary

County Population Summary

  • 24 Nebraska counties gained population while 69 lost population between 2000 and 2010

    • Compares to 40 growing counties in the 1990s and only 10 in the 1980s

    • 23 counties lost 10% or more of their population between 2000 and 2010

  • Nebraska’s 3 most populous counties, Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy counties are among the state’s fastest growing

    • Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy accounted for 52.6 percent of Nebraska’s population in 2010, up from 48.9 percent in 2000

    • These 3 counties grew 14.9 percent between 2000 and 2010 while the remaining 90 counties lost 1.1 percent


County population summary continued

County Population Summary (Continued)

  • Metropolitan (2013 definition) counties added population, but nonmetropolitan counties lost population

    • Metropolitan13.0%

    • Nonmetropolitan -2.5%

      • Micropolitan 1.3%

      • Largest city 2,500 to 9,999 persons -4.4%

      • Largest city under 2,500 persons -7.7%

  • Nebraska’s legislative districts also were redrawn with metro areas gaining more representation.

    • Average legislative district size based on 2010 Census is 37,272 persons.

    • Legislative district 49 was moved from Northwest Nebraska to Sarpy County.


Changing demographics and growth patterns in nebraska

Center for Public Affairs Research


Changing demographics and growth patterns in nebraska

Impact of the 2010 Census on redistricting

Douglas14 districts fully within its borders

Lancaster7 fully in

2 partially in

Sarpy4 fully in

1 partially in

Prior to redistricting

Douglas11 districts fully within its borders

4 partially in

Lancaster6 fully in

2 partially in

Sarpy3 fully in

4 partially in


Natural change

Natural Change

  • Natural Change = Births - Deaths

  • 2012 births were 25,939

    • Slight increase from 2011 which was 3rd year of decline

    • 2011 was lowest number since 2002

  • 2000 to 2010

    • Much of the decade population growth stemmed from about 109,500 more births than deaths

    • The 2000s “natural change” rate of 6.4 percent was higher than the 1990s (5.4 percent)

    • 44 counties had more deaths than births


Net migration

Net Migration

  • 2010 to 2013 inmigration was 7,322

    • International 10,357

    • Domestic -3,035

  • 2000 to 2010

    • The state experienced a net inmigration of about 5,600 persons

    • The 2000s net migration rate of 0.3 percent was below a 3.1 percent inmigration in the 1990s

    • The 1990s and 2000s are the only decades since 1930 to have net inmigration

    • Only 14 counties had net inmigration

  • 1990 to 2000

    • Added about 48,000 persons during the decade (3.1 percent)

    • 42 counties had net inmigration or no net outmigration


Race and hispanic latino origin

Race and Hispanic/Latino Origin

  • Nebraska’s population growth is predominately in minority racial and ethnic groups

    • Hispanic or Latino (of any race) grew by 77 percent

      • Accounted for nearly two-thirds of state’s overall growth

    • The White, non Hispanic population barely increased (0.4%)

  • In 2010, Minority population was 17.9 percent of total

    • Up from 12.7 in 2000 and 7.4 percent in 1990

  • Minority population is much younger

    • Relatively more under 40

    • Relatively fewer 40+


Race and hispanic latino origin change 2000 2010

Race and Hispanic/Latino Origin Change 2000-2010

  • Total population 6.7 percent

  • Not Hispanic/Latino Origin 2.6 percent

    • White alone 0.4 percent

    • African American or Black alone 19.9 percent

    • American Indian & Alaska Native alone 9.9 percent

    • Asian alone 47.2 percent

    • Nat. Hawaiian, Pac. Islander alone49.3 percent

    • Some other race alone59.5 percent

    • Two or more races60.6 percent

  • Hispanic/Latino Origin 77.3 percent

  • Minority 50.7 percent


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