Douglas County, NE

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Population

561,620

1.19% growth

Median Age

34.7


Median Household Income

$61,531

4.31% growth

Poverty Rate

13.5%


Number of Employees

297,030

4.2% growth

Median Property Value

$167,600

3.39% growth

About

In 2017, Douglas County, NE had a population of 562k people with a median age of 34.7 and a median household income of $61,531. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Douglas County, NE grew from 554,995 to 561,620, a 1.19% increase and its median household income grew from $58,990 to $61,531, a 4.31% increase.

The population of Douglas County, NE is 69.5% White Alone, 12.7% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.7% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Douglas County, NE speak a non-English language, and 92.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Douglas County, NE are University of Nebraska at Omaha (3,497 degrees awarded in 2016), Creighton University (2,487 degrees), and Metropolitan Community College Area (1,592 degrees).

The median property value in Douglas County, NE is $167,600, and the homeownership rate is 60.5%. Most people in Douglas County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Douglas County, NE is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Douglas County, NE employs 297k people. The largest industries in Douglas County, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (47,063 people), Retail Trade (35,402 people), and Finance & Insurance (27,213 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,250), Utilities ($81,250), and Wholesale Trade ($55,618).

Median household income in Douglas County, NE is $61,531. Males in Douglas County, NE have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,416. The income inequality in Douglas County, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.439, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,531

2017 value

± $1,844

4.31%

1 Year Growth

± 4.74%

Households in Douglas County, NE have a median annual income of $61,531, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,990 in 2016, which represents a 4.31% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,385

Average Male Salary

± $2,094

$44,416

Average Female Salary

± $1,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $49,131 ± $8,928

  2. White

    $46,037 ± $1,284

  3. Black

    $39,146 ± $6,924

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Douglas County, NE is from Nebraska.

0.439

2017 Wage GINI

0.449

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.439 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.36% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 75.14

  2. Census Tract 74.60

  3. Census Tract 47

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Douglas County, NE was Census Tract 75.14 with a value of $166,825, followed by Census Tract 74.60 and Census Tract 47, with respective values of $155,679 and $155,050.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Douglas County, NE (72.6k out of 538k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    44,663 ± 1,462

  2. Hispanic

    17,112 ± 882

  3. Black

    17,085 ± 884

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

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

297k

2017 Value

± 7,985

4.2%

1 Year growth

± 3.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Douglas County, NE grew at a rate of 4.2%, from 285k employees to 297k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Douglas County, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (41,487 people), Sales & Related Occupations (33,212 people), and Management Occupations (31,832 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Douglas County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Douglas County, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (41,487 people), Sales & Related Occupations (33,212 people), and Management Occupations (31,832 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Douglas County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.38 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.23 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Douglas County, NE, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($78,783), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,765), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,372).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

297k

2017 Value

± 7,985

4.2%

1 Year growth

± 3.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Douglas County, NE grew at a rate of 4.2%, from 285k employees to 297k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Douglas County, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (47,063 people), Retail Trade (35,402 people), and Finance & Insurance (27,213 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Douglas County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Douglas 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 Douglas County, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (47,063 people), Retail Trade (35,402 people), and Finance & Insurance (27,213 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Douglas County, NE has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.93 times higher than expected), Information (1.18 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Douglas County, NE, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,250), Utilities ($81,250), and Wholesale Trade ($55,618).

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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

$229B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

90.8% of the population of Douglas County, NE has health coverage, with 56.6% on employee plans, 12.5% on Medicaid, 9.5% on Medicare, 11% on non-group plans, and 1.29% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Douglas County, NE see 934 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.426% decrease from the previous year (938 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1110 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 275 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

934 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Douglas County, NE see an average of 934 patients per year. This represents a 0.426% decrease from the previous year (938 patients).

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

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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%).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,412

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

9.17%

Uninsured

56.6%

Employer Coverage

12.5%

Medicaid

9.5%

Medicare

11%

Non-Group

1.29%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Douglas County, NE declined by 6.28% from 9.78% to 9.17%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Douglas 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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Diversity

Douglas County, NE is home to a population of 562k people, from which 92.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.2% of Douglas County, NE residents were born outside of the country (51.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Douglas County, NE is composed of 390k White Alone residents (69.5%), 71.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (12.7%), 60k Black or African American Alone residents (10.7%), 21.6k Asian Alone residents (3.84%), 16k Two or More Races residents (2.85%), 1.89k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.337%), 395 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0703%), and 288 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0513%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Douglas County, NE are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Douglas County, NE was 34.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Douglas County, NE are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Douglas County, NE residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

51.7k people

9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

50k people

As of 2017, 9.2% of Douglas County, NE residents (51.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Douglas County, NE was 9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    53,259 ± 5,587 people

  2. Guatemala

    8,952 ± 2,318 people

  3. China

    7,008 ± 2,052 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 53,259 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,952 and China with 7,008.

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Citizenship

92.9%

2017 Citizenship

93.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.9% of Douglas County, NE residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Douglas County, NE was 93.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    390k ± 245

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    71.3k ± 3.21k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    60k ± 2.07k

In 2017, there were 5.47 times more White Alone residents (390k people) in Douglas County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 71.3k Hispanic or Latino and 60k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Douglas County, NE as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Douglas County, NE citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Douglas County, NE was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Douglas County, NE are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,557 ± 1,139

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,247 ± 911

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,735 ± 1,072

Douglas County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Douglas County, NE awarded 10,410 degrees. The student population of Douglas County, NE is skewed towards women, with 19,503 male students and 28,005 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Douglas County, NE are White (7,793 and 78.1%), followed by Black or African American (610 and 6.12%), Hispanic or Latino (496 and 4.97%), and Asian (398 and 3.99%).

The largest universities in Douglas County, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska at Omaha (3,497 and 33.6%), Creighton University (2,487 and 23.9%), and Metropolitan Community College Area (1,592 and 15.3%).

The most popular majors in Douglas County, NE are Registered Nursing (979 and 9.4%), General Business Administration & Management (481 and 4.62%), and General Studies (375 and 3.6%).

The median tuition costs in Douglas County, NE are $21,088 for private four year colleges, and $7,073 and $22,033 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 239 degrees awarded

  2. 219 degrees awarded

  3. 826 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Douglas County, NE was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 239 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,497 degrees awarded

  2. 2,487 degrees awarded

  3. 1,592 degrees awarded

$7,073

Median In-State Public

$21,088

Median Private

In 2016, the Douglas County, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska at Omaha with 3,497 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,903

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,507

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,903 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Douglas County, NE, which is 0.6 times less than the 6,507 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,793 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    610 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    496 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Douglas County, NE were to White students. These 7,793 degrees mean that there were 12.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 610 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Douglas County, NE was $167,600 in 2017, which is 0.77 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $162,100 to $167,600, a 3.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Douglas County, NE is 60.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Douglas County, NE have an average commute time of 18.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Douglas County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$61,531

Median Household Income

± $1,844

218k

Number of Households

± 6,645

In 2017, the median household income of the 218k households in Douglas County, NE grew to $61,531 from the previous year's value of $58,990.

The following chart displays the households in Douglas 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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Housing

Property Value

$167,600

2017 Median

± $2,648

$162,100

2016 Median

± $2,391

In 2017, the median property value in Douglas County, NE grew to to $167,600 from the previous year's value of $162,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Douglas 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 Douglas County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

60.5%

2017 Homeownership

61.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.5% of the housing units in Douglas County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.2%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Douglas County, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Douglas County, NE have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

18.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Douglas County, NE have a shorter commute time (18.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.611% of the workforce in Douglas County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.4%

  2. Carpooled

    8.73%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.12%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Douglas County, NE was Drove Alone (82.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.73%) and those who Worked At Home (4.12%).

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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