Lincoln, NE

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
339,707
0.533% 1-year growth
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Pete Ricketts
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
34.2
0.293% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.5%
1.82% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$70,899
8.23% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$238,300
17.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
184,743
0.799% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Lincoln, NE had a population of 340k people with a median age of 34.2 and a median household income of $70,899. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lincoln, NE grew from 337,906 to 339,707, a 0.533% increase and its median household income grew from $65,508 to $70,899, a 8.23% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lincoln, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.17%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.91%), White (Hispanic) (3.61%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.48%).

None of the households in Lincoln, 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.

96% of the residents in Lincoln, NE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lincoln, NE are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,113 degrees awarded in 2022), Southeast Community College Area (1,344 degrees), and Concordia University-Nebraska (651 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Lincoln, NE was $238,300, and the homeownership rate was 60%.

Most people in Lincoln, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.1 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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Population & Diversity

Lincoln, NE is home to a population of 340k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.95% of Lincoln, NE residents were born outside of the country (27k people).

In 2022, there were 19.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (273k people) in Lincoln, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 13.3k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96%
2022 Citizenship
95.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96% of Lincoln, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lincoln, NE was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lincoln, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    273k ± 583
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    14.2k ± 1.07k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    13.3k ± 665
7.44%
Hispanic Population
25.3k people

In 2022, there were 19.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (273k people) in Lincoln, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 13.3k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.44% of the people in Lincoln, NE are hispanic (25.3k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    46,527 ± 5,232 people
  2. Guatemala
    10,472 ± 2,506 people
  3. India
    6,505 ± 1,977 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 46,527 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 10,472 and India with 6,505.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.95%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
27k people
7.97%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
26.9k people

As of 2022, 7.95% of Lincoln, NE residents (27k 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 Lincoln, NE was 7.97%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,194 ± 432
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,617 ± 453
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,773 ± 348

Lincoln, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lincoln, NE employs 185k people. The largest industries in Lincoln, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,082 people), Educational Services (23,517 people), and Retail Trade (20,320 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($93,500), Utilities ($82,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,529).

Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,834. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

185k
2022 Value
± 3,206
0.799%
1 Year growth
± 2.42%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lincoln, NE grew at a rate of 0.799%, from 183k employees to 185k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lincoln, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,572 people), Management Occupations (19,053 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,372 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lincoln, NE.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

185k
2022 Value
± 3,206
0.799%
1 Year growth
± 2.42%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lincoln, NE grew at a rate of 0.799%, from 183k employees to 185k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lincoln, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,082 people), Educational Services (23,517 people), and Retail Trade (20,320 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,599
Median earning men ± $1,365
$34,943
Median earning women ± $927

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($67,937), Public Administration ($64,685), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,503).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,611), Public Administration ($44,937), and Manufacturing ($44,297).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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%.

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. 3,833
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,556
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 2,071
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Nebraska went to Donald J. Trump with 58.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.12%).

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.

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 2022, universities in Lincoln, NE awarded 9,245 degrees. The student population of Lincoln, NE in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 18,812 male students and 20,943 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lincoln, NE are White (6,913 and 80.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (613 and 7.16%), Asian (297 and 3.47%), and Black or African American (259 and 3.03%).

The largest universities in Lincoln, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,113 and 66.1%), Southeast Community College Area (1,344 and 14.5%), and Concordia University-Nebraska (651 and 7.04%).

The most popular majors in Lincoln, NE are General Business Administration & Management (686 and 7.42%), General Psychology (330 and 3.57%), and Registered Nursing (233 and 2.52%).

The median tuition costs in Lincoln, NE are $31,460 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

University
Measure

In 2022 in Lincoln, NE, the percentage of applicants admitted was 80.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 28.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 39,755 (47.3% men and 52.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 39,755 students enrolled in Lincoln, NE, 47.3% men and 52.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 29,044 records, of which 53% were women and 47% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 314 degrees awarded
  2. 300 degrees awarded
  3. 226 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lincoln, NE was General Business Administration & Management with 314 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,113 degrees awarded
  2. 1,344 degrees awarded
  3. 651 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 6,113 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,290 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lincoln, NE, which is 0.866 times less than the 4,955 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,913 degrees mean that there were 11.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 613 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 ($31,460) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,850) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,601) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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.

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 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 Lincoln, NE was $238,300 in 2022, which is 0.845 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $202,300 to $238,300, a 17.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Lincoln, NE is 60%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lincoln, NE have an average commute time of 19.1 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.

Median household income in Lincoln, NE is $70,899. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Lincoln, NE was Sarpy County, NE with a value of $95,911, followed by Washington County, NE and Cass County, NE, with respective values of $89,671 and $87,673.

Property

$238,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,976
$81,810
Median Property Taxes
±$1,663

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 Lincoln, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lincoln, NE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60%
Homeownership
2022
64.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60% of the housing units in Lincoln, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 60.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lincoln, NE was Sarpy County, NE with a value of $95,911, followed by Washington County, NE and Cass County, NE, with respective values of $89,671 and $87,673.

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

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Household Income

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$70,899
Median Household Income
± $1,530
136k
Number of Households
± 2,612

In 2022, the median household income of the 136k households in Lincoln, NE grew to $70,899 from the previous year's value of $65,508.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lincoln, 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 (77.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.82%)
  3. Carpooled (8.66%)

In 2022, 77.2% of workers in Lincoln, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.82%) and those who carpooled to work (8.66%).

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

19.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lincoln, NE have a shorter commute time (19.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.11% of the workforce in Lincoln, 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 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.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lincoln, NE (37.6k out of 325k 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 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 Lincoln, 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

93.4% of the population of Lincoln, NE has health coverage, with 58.1% on employee plans, 10.2% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Nebraska see 1309 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0763% decrease from the previous year (1310 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1259 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 341 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,309 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Nebraska

Primary care physicians in Nebraska see an average of 1,309 patients per year. This represents a 0.0763% decrease from the previous year (1,310 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.7% under 18 years, 26.5% between 18 and 34 years, 34.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.9% were men and 50.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.56%
Uninsured
58.1%
Employer Coverage
10.2%
Medicaid
10.8%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
1.23%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lincoln, NE declined by 4.57% from 6.88% to 6.56%.

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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