Scotts Bluff County, NE

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Population

36,509

0.246% decline

Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$47,975

2.88% growth

Poverty Rate

13.2%


Number of Employees

17,568

2.58% decline

Median Property Value

$116,600

4.86% growth

About

In 2017, Scotts Bluff County, NE had a population of 36.5k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $47,975. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Scotts Bluff County, NE declined from 36,599 to 36,509, a -0.246% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,632 to $47,975, a 2.88% increase.

The population of Scotts Bluff County, NE is 72.6% White Alone, 23.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.49% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Scotts Bluff County, NE speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Scotts Bluff County, NE are Western Nebraska Community College (288 degrees awarded in 2016), Summit Christian College (11 degrees), and Regional West Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology (3 degrees).

The median property value in Scotts Bluff County, NE is $116,600, and the homeownership rate is 68.9%. Most people in Scotts Bluff County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Scotts Bluff County, NE is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Scotts Bluff County, NE employs 17.6k people. The largest industries in Scotts Bluff County, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,884 people), Retail Trade (2,271 people), and Educational Services (1,484 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,125), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,114), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,629).

Median household income in Scotts Bluff County, NE is $47,975. Males in Scotts Bluff County, NE have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,865. The income inequality in Scotts Bluff County, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.446, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,975

2017 value

± $2,266

2.88%

1 Year Growth

± 6.23%

Households in Scotts Bluff County, NE have a median annual income of $47,975, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,632 in 2016, which represents a 2.88% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,849

Average Male Salary

± $2,084

$42,865

Average Female Salary

± $1,555

In 2017, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $46,766 ± $9,518

  2. White

    $44,931 ± $1,266

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $34,147 ± $19,585

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Scotts Bluff County, NE is from Nebraska.

0.446

2017 Wage GINI

0.447

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.446 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.189% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9534

  2. Census Tract 9532

  3. Census Tract 9539

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Scotts Bluff County, NE was Census Tract 9534 with a value of $59,758, followed by Census Tract 9532 and Census Tract 9539, with respective values of $59,375 and $54,440.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Scotts Bluff County, NE (4.7k out of 35.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females < 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

    4,176 ± 423

  2. Hispanic

    2,122 ± 302

  3. Native American

    156 ± 112

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Scotts Bluff County, NE is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

17.6k

2017 Value

± 798

-2.58%

1 Year decline

± 6.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Scotts Bluff County, NE declined at a rate of -2.58%, from 18k employees to 17.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Scotts Bluff County, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,524 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,863 people), and Management Occupations (1,674 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Scotts Bluff County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Scotts Bluff County, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,524 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,863 people), and Management Occupations (1,674 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Scotts Bluff County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.69 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.51 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.46 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Scotts Bluff County, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,303), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,607), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,053).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

17.6k

2017 Value

± 798

-2.58%

1 Year decline

± 6.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Scotts Bluff County, NE declined at a rate of -2.58%, from 18k employees to 17.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Scotts Bluff County, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,884 people), Retail Trade (2,271 people), and Educational Services (1,484 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Scotts Bluff County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Scotts Bluff 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 Scotts Bluff County, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,884 people), Retail Trade (2,271 people), and Educational Services (1,484 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Scotts Bluff County, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.37 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.47 times), and Construction (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Scotts Bluff County, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,125), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,114), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,629).

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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. $24.1B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $11.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.1B, followed by Meat/seafood ($20.7B) and Live animals/fish ($11.6B).

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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$149B

2015 Value

$229B

Projected 2045 Value

53.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Nebraska trade was $149B. This is expected to increase 53.9% to $229B 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. $12.4B

  2. $9.12B

  3. $8.39B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $12.4B, followed by Kansas with $9.12B and California and $8.39B.

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

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Health

88.2% of the population of Scotts Bluff County, NE has health coverage, with 43% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 15.5% on non-group plans, and 1.75% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Scotts Bluff County, NE was $8,412 in 2014. This is a 3.43% increase from the previous year ($8,133).

Primary care physicians in Scotts Bluff County, NE see 1343 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.592% decrease from the previous year (1351 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1401 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 424 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.5%). Additionally, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,343 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Scotts Bluff County, NE see an average of 1,343 patients per year. This represents a 0.592% decrease from the previous year (1,351 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Scotts Bluff County, NE in comparison to neighboring states.

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,412

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

11.8%

Uninsured

43%

Employer Coverage

14.4%

Medicaid

13.5%

Medicare

15.5%

Non-Group

1.75%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Scotts Bluff County, NE declined by 13.9% from 13.7% to 11.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Scotts Bluff 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. 16.5% prevalence

  2. 14.8% prevalence

  3. 13.5% prevalence

Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska, at 16.5%.

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

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Diversity

Scotts Bluff County, NE is home to a population of 36.5k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.04% of Scotts Bluff County, NE residents were born outside of the country (1.47k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Scotts Bluff County, NE is composed of 26.5k White Alone residents (72.6%), 8.55k Hispanic or Latino residents (23.4%), 544 Two or More Races residents (1.49%), 427 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.17%), 228 Asian Alone residents (0.625%), 225 Black or African American Alone residents (0.616%), 23 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.063%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Scotts Bluff County, NE are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Scotts Bluff County, NE was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Scotts Bluff County, NE are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Scotts Bluff County, NE residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.04%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.47k people

4.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.71k people

As of 2017, 4.04% of Scotts Bluff County, NE residents (1.47k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Scotts Bluff County, NE was 4.67%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    47,787 ± 5,299 people

  2. Guatemala

    8,331 ± 2,236 people

  3. Vietnam

    6,596 ± 1,990 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 47,787 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,331 and Vietnam with 6,596.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of Scotts Bluff County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Scotts Bluff County, NE was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    26.5k ± 41

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8.55k ± 455

  3. Two or More Races

    544 ± 157

In 2017, there were 3.1 times more White Alone residents (26.5k people) in Scotts Bluff County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.55k Hispanic or Latino and 544 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Scotts Bluff County, NE as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Scotts Bluff County, NE citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Scotts Bluff County, NE was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Scotts Bluff County, NE are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    848 ± 111

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    431 ± 136

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    346 ± 131

Scotts Bluff County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Scotts Bluff County, NE awarded 302 degrees. The student population of Scotts Bluff County, NE is skewed towards women, with 695 male students and 1,061 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Scotts Bluff County, NE are White (223 and 76.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (55 and 18.9%), Black or African American (6 and 2.06%), and Unknown (3 and 1.03%).

The largest universities in Scotts Bluff County, NE by number of degrees awarded are Western Nebraska Community College (288 and 95.4%), Summit Christian College (11 and 3.64%), and Regional West Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology (3 and 0.993%).

The most popular majors in Scotts Bluff County, NE are Liberal Arts & Sciences (71 and 23.5%), General Business Administration & Management (26 and 8.61%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (22 and 7.28%).

The median tuition costs in Scotts Bluff County, NE are $5,600 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 20 degrees awarded

  2. 71 degrees awarded

  3. 22 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Scotts Bluff County, NE was General Business Administration & Management with 20 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Scotts Bluff County, NE according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 288 degrees awarded

  2. 11 degrees awarded

  3. 3 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$5,600

Median Private

In 2016, the Scotts Bluff County, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Nebraska Community College with 288 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

111

Degrees Awarded to Men

191

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 111 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Scotts Bluff County, NE, which is 0.581 times less than the 191 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    223 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    55 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    6 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Scotts Bluff County, NE were to White students. These 223 degrees mean that there were 4.05 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 55 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Scotts Bluff County, NE was $116,600 in 2017, which is 0.536 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $111,200 to $116,600, a 4.86% increase. The homeownership rate in Scotts Bluff County, NE is 68.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Scotts Bluff County, NE have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Scotts Bluff County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$47,975

Median Household Income

± $2,266

14.4k

Number of Households

± 689

In 2017, the median household income of the 14.4k households in Scotts Bluff County, NE grew to $47,975 from the previous year's value of $46,632.

The following chart displays the households in Scotts Bluff 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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Housing

Property Value

$116,600

2017 Median

± $4,119

$111,200

2016 Median

± $4,500

In 2017, the median property value in Scotts Bluff County, NE grew to to $116,600 from the previous year's value of $111,200.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.9%

2017 Homeownership

68.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.9% of the housing units in Scotts Bluff County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.3%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

14.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Scotts Bluff County, NE have a shorter commute time (14.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.57% of the workforce in Scotts Bluff County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.9%

  2. Carpooled

    9.79%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.13%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Scotts Bluff County, NE was Drove Alone (83.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.79%) and those who Worked At Home (3.13%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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