Nebraska

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2019 Population
1.93M
0.266% 1-year growth
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Ben Sasse
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
36.8
0.272% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
11.1%
3.86% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$63,229
6.15% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$172,700
6.74% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
959,323
1.17% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Nebraska had a population of 1.93M people with a median age of 36.8 and a median household income of $63,229. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Nebraska grew from 1.93M to 1.93M, a 0.266% increase and its median household income grew from $59,566 to $63,229, a 6.15% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Nebraska are White (Non-Hispanic) (78.4%), White (Hispanic) (7.81%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.76%), Other (Hispanic) (2.58%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.45%). 11.8% of the households in Nebraska speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

95.7% of the residents in Nebraska are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Nebraska are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,266 degrees awarded in 2019), University of Nebraska at Omaha (3,415 degrees), and Creighton University (2,720 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Nebraska was $172,700, and the homeownership rate was 66.3%. Most people in Nebraska drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Nebraska was 2 cars per household.

Nebraska borders Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Diversity

Nebraska is home to a population of 1.93M people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2019, 18.2% of Nebraska residents were born outside of the country (352k people).

In 2019, there were 10 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.52M people) in Nebraska than any other race or ethnicity. There were 151k White (Hispanic) and 92.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common foreign languages spoken in Nebraska are Spanish (137,592 speakers), Vietnamese (9,667 speakers), and Amharic, Somali, or Other Afro-Asiatic Languages (7,297 speakers).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Nebraska
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.52M ± 1.18k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    151k ± 5.95k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    92.1k ± 3.32k
11.3%
Hispanic Population
219k people

In 2019, there were 10 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.52M people) in Nebraska than any other race or ethnicity. There were 151k White (Hispanic) and 92.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.3% of the people in Nebraska are hispanic (219k people).

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages
  1. Spanish
    137,592 speakers (7.62%)
  2. Vietnamese
    9,667 speakers (0.536%)
  3. Amharic, Somali, or Other Afro-Asiatic Languages
    7,297 speakers (0.404%)

11.8% of Nebraska citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 22%.

In 2019, the most common non-English language spoken in Nebraska was Spanish. 7.62% of the overall population of Nebraska are native Spanish speakers. 0.536% speak Vietnamese and 0.404% speak Amharic, Somali, or Other Afro-Asiatic Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.2%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
352k people
6.92%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
133k people

As of 2019, 18.2% of Nebraska residents (352k 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 Nebraska was 6.92%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Nebraska was 36.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Nebraska are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Nebraska residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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

95.7%
2019 Citizenship
95.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 95.7% of Nebraska residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Nebraska was 95.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    38,201 ± 2,244
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    24,976 ± 2,504
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    15,928 ± 1,705

Nebraska has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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 Nebraska is $63,229. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Nebraska 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 Nebraska employs 959k people. The largest industries in Nebraska are Elementary & secondary schools (67,092 people), Construction (64,249 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (50,511 people), and the highest paying industries are Business, professional, political, & similar organizations ($110,944), Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($105,297), and Pipeline transportation ($101,997).

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,229
2019 value
± $936
6.15%
1 Year Growth
± 2.2%

Households in Nebraska have a median annual income of $63,229, 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 $59,566 in 2018, which represents a 6.15% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$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

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

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.

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)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Nebraska 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 Nebraska colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Nebraska (207k out of 1.86M 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
    155,056 ± 2,541
  2. Hispanic
    41,069 ± 1,426
  3. Black
    21,924 ± 1,089

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

959k
2019 Value
1.17%
1 Year growth
± 1.17%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Nebraska grew at a rate of 1.17%, from 948k employees to 959k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Nebraska, are Registered nurses (27,762 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (23,525 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (21,801 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Nebraska.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Nebraska, by number of employees, are Registered nurses (27,762 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (23,525 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (21,801 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Nebraska has an unusually high number of residents working as Buyers & purchasing agents, farm products (7.8 times higher than expected), Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers (5.63 times), and Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers (5.51 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Nebraska, by average salary, are Physicians ($297,535), Surgeons ($269,792), and Nurse anesthetists ($168,854).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

959k
2019 Value
1.17%
1 Year growth
± 1.17%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Nebraska grew at a rate of 1.17%, from 948k employees to 959k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Nebraska, are Elementary & secondary schools (67,092 people), Construction (64,249 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (50,511 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Nebraska, though some of these residents may live in Nebraska 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 Nebraska, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools (67,092 people), Construction (64,249 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (50,511 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Nebraska has an unusually high number of Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers (10.3 times higher than expected), Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (8 times), and Ordnance (7.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Nebraska, by average salary, are Business, professional, political, & similar organizations ($110,944), Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($105,297), and Pipeline transportation ($101,997).

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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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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

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 Nebraska awarded 32,113 degrees. The student population of Nebraska is skewed towards women, with 59,158 male students and 77,049 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Nebraska are White (23,579 and 76.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,579 and 8.41%), Black or African American (1,268 and 4.14%), and Unknown (1,087 and 3.55%).

The largest universities in Nebraska by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6,266 and 19.5%), University of Nebraska at Omaha (3,415 and 10.6%), and Creighton University (2,720 and 8.47%).

The most popular majors in Nebraska are General Business Administration & Management (2,899 and 9.03%), Registered Nursing (1,565 and 4.87%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,021 and 3.18%).

The median tuition costs in Nebraska are $20,750 for private four year colleges, and $6,090 and $13,290 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,182 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 1,159 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 632 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Nebraska was General Business Administration & Management with 1,182 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,266 degrees awarded
  2. 3,415 degrees awarded
  3. 2,720 degrees awarded
$6,090
Median In-State Public
$20,750
Median Private

In 2019, the Nebraska 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

14,152
Degrees Awarded to Men
17,961
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 14,152 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Nebraska, which is 0.788 times less than the 17,961 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Nebraska by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    23,579 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,579 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    1,268 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Nebraska was White students. These 23,579 degrees mean that there were 9.14 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,579 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Nebraska was $172,700 in 2019, which is 0.718 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $161,800 to $172,700, a 6.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Nebraska is 66.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Nebraska have an average commute time of 18.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Nebraska is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$172,700
2019 Median
± $1,716
$161,800
2018 Median
± $1,688

In 2019, the median property value in Nebraska grew to to $172,700 from the previous year's value of $161,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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.
$63,229
Median Household Income
± $936
771k
Number of Households
± 12,424

In 2019, the median household income of the 771k households in Nebraska grew to $63,229 from the previous year's value of $59,566.

The following chart displays the households in Nebraska 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 Nebraska distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Nebraska the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

66.3%
2019 Homeownership
66.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 66.3% of the housing units in Nebraska were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.1%.

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

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Nebraska have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 1.32% of the workforce in Nebraska have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (81.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.96%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.64%)

In 2019, 81.8% of workers in Nebraska drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.96%) and those who worked at home (4.64%).

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

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Health

91.7% of the population of Nebraska has health coverage, with 54.6% on employee plans, 10.3% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.88% 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

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

8.29%
Uninsured
54.6%
Employer Coverage
10.3%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.88%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Nebraska declined by 0.0156% from 8.29% to 8.29%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Nebraska 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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