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Lincoln, Nebraska

The capital city of Nebraska is Lincoln (in the above picture). This state is the 15th largest (76,824 square miles) and the 37th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. Black or African American is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Nebraska is management and professional (33.90%), followed by sales and office (25.50%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Nebraska is also known as the Beef State, Blackwater State, Tree Planter’s State and Cornhusker State
  2. Nebraska has one of the lowest dioxin releases, in grams
  3. Nebraska has one of the highest number of homicide by firearm
  4. Nebraska has one of the lowest unemployment rate (3.40% while USA average 5.90%)
  5. Nebraska has one of the lowest travel time to work, in minutes (18 compared to USA median 25)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Nebraska population was 1,868,516 which ranks the 37th among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Nebraska is Omaha. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 2.30%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Nebraska population represents only 0.59% of the entire population in the USA as pictured in the following chart.

Nebraska total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Nebraska (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 89.70%
  • Black or African American 4.80%
  • Asian ethnicity 2.10%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.00%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 1.30%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Nebraska population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Nebraska population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 7.00% of Nebraska population are under 5 years old, 24.90% are under 18 years and 14.10% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 10.40% of Nebraska population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 50.20% which is slightly more than male population. Nebraska female population number ranks the 40th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Nebraska and the USA.

Female and male population in Nebraska vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 90.40% which is higher than US average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 28.10% which is lower than national average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 67.60%, this is higher than US median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 12.40%, lower than US median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Nebraska Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 2.18% of total land area
  • Nebraska has less population density than the USA average (23.8 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Nebraska is higher by .98 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Nebraska land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Nebraska USA
Land area (square miles) 76,824.17 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 23.8 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 79.8 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Nebraska unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 3.40% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Nebraska is $7.25 per hour, which ranks the 30th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Nebraska based on Census 2010
Occupation Nebraska USA
Management or professional-related job 33.90% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.30% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.50% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 1.50% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 8.70% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 14.00% 12.50%
Comparison of Nebraska Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Nebraska usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Nebraska was 18.1 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 1.80%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.40%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 1.40%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 1.90%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 25.70%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. This information highlights which specific business area Nebraska is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Nebraska USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 40,157,999 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 24,019,868 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 26,486,612 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 2,685,580 613,795,732
Nebraska Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $14,965.00, which is higher than U.S average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Nebraska was 6,116.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Nebraska has one of the highest number of storm events (2,365 while country median 1,137)
  2. Nebraska has one of the lowest number of teenagers not in school and not working (3.95% compared to country average 7.95%)

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