Merrick County, NE

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Population
7,803
0.332% 1-year decline
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Ben Sasse
Republican Party
Median Age
43.6

Poverty Rate
10.6%

Median Household Income
$54,197
1.23% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$100,800
10.9% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
4,091
2.46% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Merrick County, NE had a population of 7.8k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $54,197. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Merrick County, NE declined from 7,829 to 7,803, a -0.332% decrease and its median household income grew from $53,536 to $54,197, a 1.23% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Merrick County, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (92.8%), White (Hispanic) (2.64%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.7%), Other (Hispanic) (1.32%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.859%). 0% of the households in Merrick County, NE speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 97.9% of the residents in Merrick County, NE are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Merrick County, NE was $100,800, and the homeownership rate was 73.2%. Most people in Merrick County, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Merrick County, NE was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Nebraska. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Merrick County, NE went to Donald J. Trump with 77.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (15.9%), followed by Other (6.86%). 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Merrick County, NE
77.2% 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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Diversity

Merrick County, NE is home to a population of 7.8k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 2.7% of Merrick County, NE residents were born outside of the country (211 people).

In 2018, there were 35.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.24k people) in Merrick County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 206 White (Hispanic) and 133 Two+ (Non-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)
    7.24k ± 13
  2. White (Hispanic)
    206 ± 68
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    133 ± 68.2
4.25%
Hispanic Population
332 people

In 2018, there were 35.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.24k people) in Merrick County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 206 White (Hispanic) and 133 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.25% of the people in Merrick County, NE are hispanic (332 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

2.7%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
211 people
1.71%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
134 people

As of 2018, 2.7% of Merrick County, NE residents (211 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merrick County, NE was 1.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Merrick County, NE was 43.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Merrick County, NE are getting getting older. In 2017, 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
    48,994 ± 5,364 people
  2. Guatemala
    8,374 ± 2,242 people
  3. India
    6,543 ± 1,983 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 48,994 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,374 and India with 6,543.

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Citizenship

97.9%
2018 Citizenship
98.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.9% of Merrick County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Merrick County, NE was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    220 ± 59
  2. Korea
    88 ± 32
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    74 ± 35

Merrick County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Merrick County, NE is $54,197. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Merrick County, NE was Census Tract 9667 with a value of $60,938, followed by Census Tract 9666 and Census Tract 9668, with respective values of $54,707 and $47,721.

Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,453. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Merrick County, NE employs 4.09k people. The largest industries in Merrick County, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (682 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (618 people), and Manufacturing (524 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($78,516), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,625), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,750).

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,197
2018 value
± $3,897
1.23%
1 Year Growth
± 7.78%

Households in Merrick County, NE have a median annual income of $54,197, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $53,536 in 2017, which represents a 1.23% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,233
Average Male Salary in Nebraska
± $2,227
$46,453
Average Female Salary in Nebraska
± $1,721

In 2019, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.34 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
    $48,483 ± $1,383
  2. Asian
    $45,945 ± $9,205
  3. Two or More Races
    $36,413 ± $8,665

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.06 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Nebraska.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Nebraska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Merrick County, NE is from Nebraska.
0.444
2019 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.445
2018 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2019, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.297% 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.

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 9667
  2. Census Tract 9666
  3. Census Tract 9668

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merrick County, NE was Census Tract 9667 with a value of $60,938, followed by Census Tract 9666 and Census Tract 9668, with respective values of $54,707 and $47,721.

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 Gender

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merrick County, NE (806 out of 7.63k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 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
    718 ± 133
  2. Black
    62 ± 85
  3. Hispanic
    30 ± 61

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

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

4.09k
2018 Value
± 302
-2.46%
1 Year decline
± 10.7%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Merrick County, NE declined at a rate of -2.46%, from 4.19k employees to 4.09k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merrick County, NE, are Management Occupations (634 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (399 people), and Production Occupations (376 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 (634 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (399 people), and Production Occupations (376 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 (6.65 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.97 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.8 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Merrick County, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,781), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($77,898), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,018).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.09k
2018 Value
± 302
-2.46%
1 Year decline
± 10.7%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Merrick County, NE declined at a rate of -2.46%, from 4.19k employees to 4.09k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merrick County, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (682 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (618 people), and Manufacturing (524 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 (682 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (618 people), and Manufacturing (524 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Merrick County, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (12.5 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.79 times), and Utilities (1.78 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Merrick County, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($78,516), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,625), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,750).

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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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merrick County, NE was $100,800 in 2018, which is 0.439 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $90,900 to $100,800, a 10.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Merrick County, NE is 73.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Merrick County, NE have an average commute time of 18.6 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

$100,800
2018 Median
± $9,232
$90,900
2017 Median
± $7,462

In 2018, the median property value in Merrick County, NE grew to to $100,800 from the previous year's value of $90,900.

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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$54,197
Median Household Income
± $3,897
3.32k
Number of Households
± 273

In 2018, the median household income of the 3.32k households in Merrick County, NE grew to $54,197 from the previous year's value of $53,536.

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 $75k - $100k 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

73.2%
2018 Homeownership
74.8%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 73.2% of the housing units in Merrick County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.8%.

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

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merrick County, NE have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 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 2018
  1. Drove Alone (83.9%)
  2. Carpooled (7.48%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.58%)

In 2018, 83.9% of workers in Merrick County, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.48%) and those who worked at home (5.58%).

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 3 cars.

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Health

92.6% of the population of Merrick County, NE has health coverage, with 46.2% on employee plans, 10.5% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 20.9% on non-group plans, and 2.15% 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

7.36%
Uninsured
46.2%
Employer Coverage
10.5%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
20.9%
Non-Group
2.15%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merrick County, NE declined by 13.9% from 8.55% to 7.36%.

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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