Lincoln, NE

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
336,541
0.772% 1-year growth
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Ben Sasse
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
34.1
0.292% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
12.2%
4.94% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$61,539
5.18% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$197,100
8.3% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
184,358
0.551% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Lincoln, NE had a population of 337k people with a median age of 34.1 and a median household income of $61,539. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Lincoln, NE grew from 333,964 to 336,541, a 0.772% increase and its median household income grew from $58,506 to $61,539, a 5.18% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lincoln, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.1%), White (Hispanic) (4.85%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.34%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.68%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.87%). 0% of the households in Lincoln, NE speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 96% of the residents in Lincoln, NE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lincoln, NE are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,266 degrees awarded in 2019), Southeast Community College Area (1,571 degrees), and Concordia University-Nebraska (691 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Lincoln, NE was $197,100, and the homeownership rate was 60.9%. Most people in Lincoln, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Lincoln, NE was 2 cars per household.

Lincoln, NE borders Beatrice, NE and Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Nebraska, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Nebraska (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Nebraska. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Lincoln, NE is home to a population of 337k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2019, 12.9% of Lincoln, NE residents were born outside of the country (43.5k people).

In 2019, there were 16.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (273k people) in Lincoln, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.3k White (Hispanic) and 14.6k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lincoln, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    273k ± 1.4k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    16.3k ± 2.04k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    14.6k ± 1.13k
7.22%
Hispanic Population
24.3k people

In 2019, there were 16.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (273k people) in Lincoln, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.3k White (Hispanic) and 14.6k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.22% of the people in Lincoln, NE are hispanic (24.3k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.9%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
43.5k people
7.27%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
24.3k people

As of 2019, 12.9% of Lincoln, NE residents (43.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lincoln, NE was 7.27%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

34
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
37
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.5

In 2019, the median age of all people in Lincoln, NE was 34.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Lincoln, NE are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Lincoln, NE residents was 34.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    48,045 ± 5,314 people
  2. Guatemala
    8,128 ± 2,209 people
  3. Vietnam
    6,854 ± 2,029 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 48,045 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,128 and Vietnam with 6,854.

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Citizenship

96%
2019 Citizenship
95.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96% of Lincoln, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Lincoln, NE was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,226 ± 885
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,650 ± 835
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,558 ± 688

Lincoln, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Lincoln, NE is $61,539. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Lincoln, NE was Sarpy County, NE with a value of $83,720, followed by Douglas County, NE and Lancaster County, NE, with respective values of $67,133 and $61,175.

Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,764. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.429, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Lincoln, NE employs 184k people. The largest industries in Lincoln, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,689 people), Educational Services (23,854 people), and Retail Trade (19,495 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($81,471), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,532), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,198).

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,539
2019 value
± $1,586
5.18%
1 Year Growth
± 5.2%

Households in Lincoln, NE have a median annual income of $61,539, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,506 in 2018, which represents a 5.18% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,251
Average Male Salary in Nebraska
± $2,074
$47,764
Average Female Salary in Nebraska
± $1,695

In 2019, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Nebraska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Nebraska
  1. White
    $49,567 ± $1,346
  2. Asian
    $39,382 ± $6,749
  3. Other
    $36,176 ± $3,835

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.26 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Nebraska.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lincoln, NE is from Nebraska.
0.429
2019 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.441
2018 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2019, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.429 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.76% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lincoln, NE was Sarpy County, NE with a value of $83,720, followed by Douglas County, NE and Lancaster County, NE, with respective values of $67,133 and $61,175.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lincoln, NE (38.5k out of 315k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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
    29,107 ± 1,257
  2. Hispanic
    5,142 ± 536
  3. Black
    2,950 ± 443

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lincoln, 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

184k
2019 Value
± 6,661
−0.551%
1 Year decline
± 5.02%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Lincoln, NE declined at a rate of −0.551%, from 185k employees to 184k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lincoln, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,313 people), Management Occupations (18,140 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,465 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lincoln, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lincoln, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,313 people), Management Occupations (18,140 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,465 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Lincoln, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.44 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.33 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lincoln, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,439), Legal Occupations ($70,321), and Management Occupations ($65,324).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

184k
2019 Value
± 6,661
−0.551%
1 Year decline
± 5.02%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Lincoln, NE declined at a rate of −0.551%, from 185k employees to 184k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lincoln, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,689 people), Educational Services (23,854 people), and Retail Trade (19,495 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lincoln, NE, though some of these residents may live in Lincoln, 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 Lincoln, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,689 people), Educational Services (23,854 people), and Retail Trade (19,495 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Lincoln, NE has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.38 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.31 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lincoln, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($81,471), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,532), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,198).

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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. $29.5B
  2. $21.8B
  3. $12.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $29.5B, followed by Meat/seafood ($21.8B) and Live animals/fish ($12.9B).

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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$161B
2018 Value in Nebraska
$260B
Projected 2045 Value in Nebraska
61.9% growth

In 2018, total outbound Nebraska trade was $161B. This is expected to increase 61.9% to $260B 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. $12.2B
  2. $11.1B
  3. $9.4B

In 2018, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $12.2B, followed by California with $11.1B and Kansas and $9.4B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Nebraska went to Donald J. Trump with 58.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (33.7%), followed by Gary Johnson (4.61%). The most partisan county was Keya Paha County, NE with 96% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse 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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Nebraska
58.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Nebraska
  1. 96% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 91.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 90.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Nebraska was Keya Paha County, NE with 96% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Nebraska colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Nebraska

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Deb Fischer
Senator from Nebraska1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ben Sasse
Senator from Nebraska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse are the senators currently representing Nebraska.

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

The following chart shows elected senators in Nebraska over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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Education

In 2019, universities in Lincoln, NE awarded 9,686 degrees. The student population of Lincoln, NE is skewed towards women, with 20,079 male students and 21,724 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lincoln, NE are White (7,297 and 82.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (518 and 5.84%), Black or African American (288 and 3.25%), and Asian (260 and 2.93%).

The largest universities in Lincoln, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,266 and 64.7%), Southeast Community College Area (1,571 and 16.2%), and Concordia University-Nebraska (691 and 7.13%).

The most popular majors in Lincoln, NE are General Business Administration & Management (653 and 6.74%), General Psychology (326 and 3.37%), and Registered Nursing (273 and 2.82%).

The median tuition costs in Lincoln, NE are $28,205 for private four year colleges, and $7,560 and $24,000 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 318 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 300 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 235 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lincoln, NE was General Business Administration & Management with 318 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,266 degrees awarded
  2. 1,571 degrees awarded
  3. 691 degrees awarded
$7,560
Median In-State Public
$28,205
Median Private

In 2019, the Lincoln, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 6,266 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,533
Degrees Awarded to Men
5,153
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 4,533 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lincoln, NE, which is 0.88 times less than the 5,153 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Lincoln, NE by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,297 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    518 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    288 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Lincoln, NE was White students. These 7,297 degrees mean that there were 14.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 518 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lincoln, NE was $197,100 in 2019, which is 0.82 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $182,000 to $197,100, a 8.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Lincoln, NE is 60.9%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Lincoln, NE have an average commute time of 18.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lincoln, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$197,100
2019 Median
± $5,989
$182,000
2018 Median
± $5,115

In 2019, the median property value in Lincoln, NE grew to to $197,100 from the previous year's value of $182,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lincoln, 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 Lincoln, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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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.
$61,539
Median Household Income
± $1,586
135k
Number of Households
± 5,639

In 2019, the median household income of the 135k households in Lincoln, NE grew to $61,539 from the previous year's value of $58,506.

The following chart displays the households in Lincoln, 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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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

60.9%
2019 Homeownership
60.5%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 60.9% of the housing units in Lincoln, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lincoln, NE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lincoln, NE have a shorter commute time (18.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 0.888% of the workforce in Lincoln, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.9%)
  2. Carpooled (9.66%)
  3. Walked (3.13%)

In 2019, 80.9% of workers in Lincoln, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.66%) and those who walked to work (3.13%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lincoln, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lincoln, NE have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

92.8% of the population of Lincoln, NE has health coverage, with 60.1% on employee plans, 8.14% on Medicaid, 10.2% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 1.16% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Nebraska see 1310 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.28% decrease from the previous year (1327 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1272 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 362 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.8%). Additionally, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,310 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Nebraska

Primary care physicians in Nebraska see an average of 1,310 patients per year. This represents a 1.28% decrease from the previous year (1,327 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,412
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Nebraska
$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

7.22%
Uninsured
60.1%
Employer Coverage
8.14%
Medicaid
10.2%
Medicare
13.1%
Non-Group
1.16%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lincoln, NE grew by 4.27% from 6.93% to 7.22%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lincoln, 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. 18.8% prevalence
  2. 16% prevalence
  3. 14.8% prevalence

Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska, at 18.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska by county over multiple years.

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