Merrick County, NE

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2020 Population
7,826
0.359% 1-year growth
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Ben Sasse
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
43.1
1.15% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
12.2%
1.4% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$52,254
6.1% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$119,900
3.9% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
4,024
0.0249% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Merrick County, NE had a population of 7.83k people with a median age of 43.1 and a median household income of $52,254. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Merrick County, NE grew from 7,798 to 7,826, a 0.359% increase and its median household income declined from $55,649 to $52,254, a −6.1% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Merrick County, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.9%), White (Hispanic) (2.56%), Other (Hispanic) (1.38%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.37%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.14%).

None of the households in Merrick 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% of the residents in Merrick County, NE are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Merrick County, NE was $119,900, and the homeownership rate was 77.4%. Most people in Merrick County, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Merrick County, NE was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Merrick County, NE is home to a population of 7.83k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2020, 3.45% of Merrick County, NE residents were born outside of the country (270 people).

In 2020, there were 36 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.19k people) in Merrick County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 200 White (Hispanic) and 108 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Merrick County, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.19k ± 24
  2. White (Hispanic)
    200 ± 68
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    108 ± 73
4.86%
Hispanic Population
380 people

In 2020, there were 36 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.19k people) in Merrick County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 200 White (Hispanic) and 108 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.86% of the people in Merrick County, NE are hispanic (380 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.45%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
270 people
2.71%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
211 people

As of 2020, 3.45% of Merrick County, NE residents (270 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merrick County, NE was 2.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
34
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.3

In 2020, the median age of all people in Merrick County, NE was 43.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Merrick County, NE are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all Merrick County, NE residents was 44.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    50,860 ± 5,463 people
  2. Guatemala
    8,846 ± 2,304 people
  3. India
    6,901 ± 2,036 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 50,860 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,846 and India with 6,901.

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Citizenship

98%
2020 Citizenship
97.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98% of Merrick County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Merrick County, NE was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    182 ± 61
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    110 ± 45
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    31 ± 28

Merrick County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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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.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Nebraska across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Merrick County, NE is $52,254. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Merrick County, NE was Census Tract 9666 with a value of $54,853, followed by Census Tract 9668 and Census Tract 9667, with respective values of $52,500 and $47,159.

Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,710. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.441, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Merrick County, NE employs 4.02k people. The largest industries in Merrick County, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (611 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (524 people), and Manufacturing (505 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,778), Information ($54,107), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,250).

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,254
2020 value
± $3,833
−6.1%
1 Year Growth
± 12.3%

Households in Merrick County, NE have a median annual income of $52,254, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,649 in 2019, which represents a −6.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$63,805
Average Male Salary in Nebraska
± $2,271
$47,710
Average Female Salary in Nebraska
± $1,782

In 2020, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $50,206 ± $1,448
  2. Asian
    $46,517 ± $8,681
  3. Two or More Races
    $37,413 ± $6,138

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.08 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 Merrick County, NE is from Nebraska.
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.444
2019 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2020, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.441 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.534% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Nebraska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9666
  2. Census Tract 9668
  3. Census Tract 9667

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merrick County, NE was Census Tract 9666 with a value of $54,853, followed by Census Tract 9668 and Census Tract 9667, with respective values of $52,500 and $47,159.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merrick County, NE (933 out of 7.67k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males < 5.

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
    850 ± 159
  2. Hispanic
    56 ± 70
  3. Black
    43 ± 79

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

4.02k
2020 Value
± 300
0.0249%
1 Year growth
± 10.5%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Merrick County, NE grew at a rate of 0.0249%, from 4.02k employees to 4.02k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merrick County, NE, are Management Occupations (673 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (464 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (310 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Merrick County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Merrick County, NE, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (673 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (464 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (310 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Merrick County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (6 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (2.05 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.99 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Merrick County, NE, by median earnings, are Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($81,202), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($68,229), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.02k
2020 Value
± 300
0.0249%
1 Year growth
± 10.5%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Merrick County, NE grew at a rate of 0.0249%, from 4.02k employees to 4.02k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merrick County, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (611 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (524 people), and Manufacturing (505 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Merrick County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Merrick 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 Merrick County, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (611 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (524 people), and Manufacturing (505 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Merrick County, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (10.6 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.65 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Merrick County, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($87,778), Information ($54,107), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,250).

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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. $25.7B
  2. $15.7B
  3. $13B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Meat/seafood with $25.7B, followed by Live animals/fish ($15.7B) and Cereal grains ($13B).

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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$153B
2020 Value in Nebraska
$285B
Projected 2050 Value in Nebraska
86.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Nebraska trade was $153B. This is expected to increase 86.9% to $285B by 2050.

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. $11.7B
  2. $8.57B
  3. $7.11B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $11.7B, followed by Kansas with $8.57B and Texas and $7.11B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Merrick County, NE went to Donald J. Trump with 80.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (17.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.23%). The most partisan county was Grant County, NE with 93.3% 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Merrick County, NE
80.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Nebraska
  1. 93.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 92.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 91.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Nebraska was Grant County, NE with 93.3% 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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merrick County, NE was $119,900 in 2020, which is 0.522 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $115,400 to $119,900, a 3.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Merrick County, NE is 77.4%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Merrick County, NE have an average commute time of 19.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Merrick County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$119,900
2020 Median
± $8,209
$115,400
2019 Median
± $6,483

In 2020, the median property value in Merrick County, NE grew to to $119,900 from the previous year's value of $115,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Merrick 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 Merrick County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$52,254
Median Household Income
± $3,833
3.33k
Number of Households
± 284

In 2020, the median household income of the 3.33k households in Merrick County, NE declined from $52,254 from the previous year's value of $55,649.

The following chart displays the households in Merrick 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Merrick County, NE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merrick County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

77.4%
2020 Homeownership
74.5%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 77.4% of the housing units in Merrick County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Merrick County, NE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merrick County, NE have a shorter commute time (19.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.3% of the workforce in Merrick County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (86.3%)
  2. Carpooled (5.22%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.93%)

In 2020, 86.3% of workers in Merrick County, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (5.22%) and those who worked at home (4.93%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

92.2% of the population of Merrick County, NE has health coverage, with 45.9% on employee plans, 10.7% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 19.3% on non-group plans, and 1.17% 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 Merrick County, NE see 3866 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.9% decrease from the previous year (3941 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1939 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3878 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

3,866 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Merrick County, NE

Primary care physicians in Merrick County, NE see an average of 3,866 patients per year. This represents a 1.9% decrease from the previous year (3,941 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Merrick County, NE 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

7.78%
Uninsured
45.9%
Employer Coverage
10.7%
Medicaid
15.1%
Medicare
19.3%
Non-Group
1.17%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merrick County, NE declined by 14.8% from 9.13% to 7.78%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Merrick 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. 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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