Lancaster County, NE

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2021 Population
320,301
1.37% 1-year growth
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Pete Ricketts
Republican Party
2021 Median Age
34
0.592% 1-year increase
2021 Poverty Rate
12%
1.21% 1-year increase
2021 Median Household Income
$65,086
4.2% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$204,400
7.58% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
173,950
1.38% 1-year growth

About

In 2021, Lancaster County, NE had a population of 320k people with a median age of 34 and a median household income of $65,086. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Lancaster County, NE grew from 315,976 to 320,301, a 1.37% increase and its median household income grew from $62,464 to $65,086, a 4.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lancaster County, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (80%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.15%), White (Hispanic) (4.12%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.98%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.67%).

None of the households in Lancaster County, NE reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.7% of the residents in Lancaster County, NE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lancaster County, NE are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,179 degrees awarded in 2021), Southeast Community College Area (1,330 degrees), and Nebraska Wesleyan University (496 degrees).

In 2021, the median property value in Lancaster County, NE was $204,400, and the homeownership rate was 59.6%.

Most people in Lancaster County, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lancaster County, NE was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Lancaster County, NE is home to a population of 320k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2021, 8.35% of Lancaster County, NE residents were born outside of the country (26.7k people).

In 2021, there were 19.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (256k people) in Lancaster County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13.3k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 13.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.7%
2021 Citizenship
95.8%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 95.7% of Lancaster County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Lancaster County, NE was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lancaster County, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    256k ± 518
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    13.3k ± 666
  3. White (Hispanic)
    13.2k ± 1k
7.48%
Hispanic Population
24k people

In 2021, there were 19.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (256k people) in Lancaster County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13.3k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 13.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.48% of the people in Lancaster County, NE are hispanic (24k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    49,893 ± 5,413 people
  2. Guatemala
    9,174 ± 2,346 people
  3. India
    6,256 ± 1,939 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 49,893 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 9,174 and India with 6,256.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.35%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
26.7k people
8.28%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
26.2k people

As of 2021, 8.35% of Lancaster County, NE residents (26.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lancaster County, NE was 8.28%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,281 ± 421
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,300 ± 358
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,322 ± 375

Lancaster County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Lancaster County, NE employs 174k people. The largest industries in Lancaster County, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,669 people), Educational Services (22,455 people), and Retail Trade (19,369 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,133), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,519), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,144).

Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,864. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

174k
2021 Value
± 3,112
1.38%
1 Year growth
± 2.51%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Lancaster County, NE grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 172k employees to 174k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lancaster County, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,812 people), Management Occupations (17,447 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,369 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lancaster County, NE.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

174k
2021 Value
± 3,112
1.38%
1 Year growth
± 2.51%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Lancaster County, NE grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 172k employees to 174k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lancaster County, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,669 people), Educational Services (22,455 people), and Retail Trade (19,369 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lancaster County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Lancaster County, NE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$44,467
Median earning men ± $1,028
$32,222
Median earning women ± $708

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,575), Public Administration ($59,680), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,117).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,043), Public Administration ($42,083), and Wholesale Trade ($40,609).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in Nebraska. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Nebraska.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,684
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,432
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 2,013
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $2.91M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $2.82M
    Manufacturing
  3. $2.36M
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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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. $26B
  2. $14.9B
  3. $13.5B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Meat/seafood with $26B, followed by Live animals/fish ($14.9B) and Cereal grains ($13.5B).

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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$145B
2020 Value in Nebraska
$286B
Projected 2050 Value in Nebraska
97.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Nebraska trade was $145B. This is expected to increase 97.1% to $286B by 2050.

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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. $10.2B
  2. $7.65B
  3. $6.86B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $10.2B, followed by Kansas with $7.65B and Texas and $6.86B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Nebraska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lancaster County, NE went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 52.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.37%).

Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts 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.

US Senators from Nebraska

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Senator from Nebraska1
  1. Deb Fischer
    Assumed office on January 3, 2013
  2. Pete Ricketts
    Assumed office on January 23, 2023
    Appointed to the seat on January 12, 2023 following the resignation of Ben Sasse.

Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts are the senators currently representing Nebraska.

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

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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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In 2021, universities in Lancaster County, NE awarded 8,591 degrees. The student population of Lancaster County, NE in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 17,927 male students and 19,599 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lancaster County, NE are White (6,388 and 82.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (598 and 7.7%), Two or More Races (265 and 3.41%), and Asian (222 and 2.86%).

The largest universities in Lancaster County, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,179 and 71.9%), Southeast Community College Area (1,330 and 15.5%), and Nebraska Wesleyan University (496 and 5.77%).

The most popular majors in Lancaster County, NE are General Business Administration & Management (647 and 7.53%), General Psychology (312 and 3.63%), and General Finance (247 and 2.88%).

The median tuition costs in Lancaster County, NE are $24,960 for private four year colleges, and $7,770 and $24,900 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2021 in Lancaster County, NE, the percentage of applicants admitted was 81.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 30.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 37,526 (47.8% men and 52.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 37,526 students enrolled in Lancaster County, NE, 47.8% men and 52.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 27,993 records, of which 52.8% were women and 47.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 295 degrees awarded
  2. 288 degrees awarded
  3. 238 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lancaster County, NE was General Business Administration & Management with 295 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,179 degrees awarded
  2. 1,330 degrees awarded
  3. 496 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 6,179 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 4,148 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lancaster County, NE, which is 0.934 times less than the 4,443 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,388 degrees mean that there were 10.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 598 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($24,960) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,820) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($1,734) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.964% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.968% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (380k), Some college (367k), and Bachelors Degree (301k).

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Lancaster County, NE was $204,400 in 2021, which is 0.835 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $190,000 to $204,400, a 7.58% increase. The homeownership rate in Lancaster County, NE is 59.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Lancaster County, NE have an average commute time of 19.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lancaster County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lancaster County, NE is $65,086. In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lancaster County, NE was Census Tract 37.18 with a value of $131,667, followed by Census Tract 36.09 and Census Tract 37.14, with respective values of $129,250 and $124,615.

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lancaster County, NE. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.282%.

Property

$204,400
Median Property Value 2021
±$3,284
$76,187
Median Property Taxes
±$1,641

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lancaster County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

59.6%
Homeownership
2021
64.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 59.6% of the housing units in Lancaster County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 37.18
  2. Census Tract 36.09
  3. Census Tract 37.14

In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lancaster County, NE was Census Tract 37.18 with a value of $131,667, followed by Census Tract 36.09 and Census Tract 37.14, with respective values of $129,250 and $124,615.

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

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Household Income

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$65,086
Median Household Income
± $1,136
1.09M
Number of Households
± 6,686

In 2021, the median household income of the 1.09M households in Lancaster County, NE grew to $65,086 from the previous year's value of $62,464.

The following chart displays the households in Lancaster 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lancaster County, NE is from Nebraska.
0.444
2021 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2021, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.499% growth from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (78.5%)
  2. Carpooled (8.89%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.28%)

In 2021, 78.5% of workers in Lancaster County, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.89%) and those who worked at home (7.28%).

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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Commute Time

19.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lancaster County, NE have a shorter commute time (19.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 1.28% of the workforce in Lancaster County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lancaster County, NE. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.282%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lancaster County, NE (36.9k out of 307k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lancaster County, NE is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 9.1% of the children was living in poverty in Lancaster County, NE. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 326 in Lancaster County, NE. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 78.7 per 100,000 population.

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93% of the population of Lancaster County, NE has health coverage, with 58.3% on employee plans, 10.1% on Medicaid, 10.4% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lancaster County, NE see 1375 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.9% decrease from the previous year (1416 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 253 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,375 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lancaster County, NE

Primary care physicians in Lancaster County, NE see an average of 1,375 patients per year. This represents a 2.9% decrease from the previous year (1,416 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.9% under 18 years, 26.7% between 18 and 34 years, 34.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 14% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.96%
Uninsured
58.3%
Employer Coverage
10.1%
Medicaid
10.4%
Medicare
12.9%
Non-Group
1.23%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lancaster County, NE declined by 4.42% from 7.29% to 6.96%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 42.6 in Lancaster County, NE.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 34.3% in Lancaster County, NE.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.17% in Lancaster County, NE.

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