Custer County, NE

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2022 Population
10,566
0.555% 1-year decline
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Pete Ricketts
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42.1
1.41% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
11.3%
5.81% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$62,288
7.92% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$133,400
15.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Custer County, NE had a population of 10.6k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $62,288. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Custer County, NE declined from 10,625 to 10,566, a −0.555% decrease and its median household income grew from $57,715 to $62,288, a 7.92% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Custer County, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (93.1%), White (Hispanic) (2.11%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.82%), Other (Hispanic) (0.842%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.615%).

None of the households in Custer 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.

98.8% of the residents in Custer County, NE are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Custer County, NE was $133,400, and the homeownership rate was 69.6%.

Most people in Custer County, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Custer County, NE was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Custer County, NE is home to a population of 10.6k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.57% of Custer County, NE residents were born outside of the country (166 people).

In 2022, there were 44.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.84k people) in Custer County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 223 White (Hispanic) and 192 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.8%
2022 Citizenship
98.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.8% of Custer County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Custer County, NE was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Custer County, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    9.84k ± 39
  2. White (Hispanic)
    223 ± 80
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    192 ± 38
3.67%
Hispanic Population
388 people

In 2022, there were 44.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.84k people) in Custer County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 223 White (Hispanic) and 192 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.67% of the people in Custer County, NE are hispanic (388 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

1.57%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
166 people
1.44%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
153 people

As of 2022, 1.57% of Custer County, NE residents (166 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Custer County, NE was 1.44%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    214 ± 56
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    76 ± 44
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    75 ± 53

Custer County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Custer County, NE employs 5.26k people. The largest industries in Custer County, NE are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (978 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (680 people), and Educational Services (509 people), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($115,441), Utilities ($63,036), and Manufacturing ($61,250).

Occupations

5.26k
2022 Value
± 352
−2.48%
1 Year decline
± 9.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Custer County, NE declined at a rate of −2.48%, from 5.4k employees to 5.26k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Custer County, NE, are Management Occupations (778 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (519 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (367 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Custer County, NE.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

5.26k
2022 Value
± 352
−2.48%
1 Year decline
± 9.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Custer County, NE declined at a rate of −2.48%, from 5.4k employees to 5.26k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Custer County, NE, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (978 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (680 people), and Educational Services (509 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Custer County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Custer 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

$47,416
Median earning men ± $2,393
$33,329
Median earning women ± $2,707

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,944), Manufacturing ($65,256), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($58,125).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($63,750), Manufacturing ($60,536), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,615).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.25%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.03M people employed in Nebraska. This represents a 2.25% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.87%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 103
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 86
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 83
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Custer County, NE went to Donald J. Trump with 84.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (13.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.95%).

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 12, 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.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.09% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.952% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (381k), Some college (364k), and Bachelors Degree (309k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Custer County, NE was $133,400 in 2022, which is 0.473 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $115,600 to $133,400, a 15.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Custer County, NE is 69.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Custer County, NE have an average commute time of 16.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Custer County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Custer County, NE is $62,288. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Custer County, NE was Census Tract 9720 with a value of $66,339, followed by Census Tract 9718 and Census Tract 9717, with respective values of $64,630 and $59,643.

Property

$133,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$11,643
$3,160
Median Property Taxes
±$240

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 Custer County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.6%
Homeownership
2022
62%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.6% of the housing units in Custer County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9720
  2. Census Tract 9718
  3. Census Tract 9717

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Custer County, NE was Census Tract 9720 with a value of $66,339, followed by Census Tract 9718 and Census Tract 9717, with respective values of $64,630 and $59,643.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,288
Median Household Income
± $4,725
4.54k
Number of Households
± 313

In 2022, the median household income of the 4.54k households in Custer County, NE grew to $62,288 from the previous year's value of $57,715.

The following chart displays the households in Custer 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 Custer County, NE is from Nebraska.
0.444
2022 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.444
2021 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2022, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0995% growth from 2021 to 2022, 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 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.6%)
  2. Carpooled (10.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.93%)

In 2022, 78.6% of workers in Custer County, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.1%) and those who worked at home (5.93%).

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

16.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Custer County, NE have a shorter commute time (16.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.68% of the workforce in Custer 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 Custer County, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Custer County, NE have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Custer County, NE (1.18k out of 10.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 75+ and then Males 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Custer 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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Health

92.3% of the population of Custer County, NE has health coverage, with 37% on employee plans, 13.4% on Medicaid, 15% on Medicare, 24.7% on non-group plans, and 2.25% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Custer County, NE see 1347 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.59% decrease from the previous year (1355 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2125 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1181 patients per year.

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

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,347 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Custer County, NE

Primary care physicians in Custer County, NE see an average of 1,347 patients per year. This represents a 0.59% decrease from the previous year (1,355 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.3% under 18 years, 17.2% between 18 and 34 years, 35.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.5% over 64 years.

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

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Uninsured People

7.74%
Uninsured
37%
Employer Coverage
13.4%
Medicaid
15%
Medicare
24.7%
Non-Group
2.25%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Custer County, NE declined by 5.09% from 8.15% to 7.74%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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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 35.6% in Custer County, NE.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.2% in Custer County, NE.

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