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Population and Demography of Nebraska

Nebraska is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west.  

Nebraska is the 37th most populous state in the United States. The total Land area is 76,874 square miles (199,099 square kilometers) and there is an average of 25 people for every square mile. This makes Nebraska the 8th least densely populated state in the US. As per the  United States Census Bureau, the population of Nebraska in 2020 is 1,961,504 (1.96 million) 

Estimated Population of Nebraska in 2024:  1,978,379 (1.98 million)

Nebraska Population (2010-2020)

Nebraska has a population growth rate of 7.4% during 2010-2020. It has population increase of  135,163 since 2010.  The median age in Nebraska is approximately 36.2 years of age. The ratio of females to males is currently at approximately 50.3% females and 49.7% males.

NebraskaCensus 2020
Total Population1,961,504 (1.96 million)
Percentage Change7.4%
Population Rank37th
Total Land Area76,874 sq mi (199,099 km2)
Area Rank16th
Population Density24.94/sq mi (9.63/km2)
Capital CityLincoln
Largest CityOmaha

Nebraska Historical Population

In 1900 Population of Nebraska was 1 million and in the Year 2020, it reached  1.9 million, an increase of almost 1 million. 

Let’s look at decade population & percentage change 

Census YearPopulation% Change
Religion and affiliations

Christianity is the majority religion in Nebraska followed by 75% of the population. The largest Christian denomination in California is Protestant (51%); Roman Catholic (23%); Mormonism (1%), and Other Christians

Next comes the Unaffiliated population, 2o% of the population don’t follow or adhere to any faith or religion. Other non-Christian-based religions and faiths are followed by 4% of the population and include Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and other faiths.

For more details read Religion in Nebraska

Race and Ethnicity 

In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in Nebraska, comprising 75.69% of the total population. It was followed by the Hispanic or Latino population whose share was 11.97%. Black or African American was the third largest group at 4.81%. Two or more races are at 3.70% & Asians at 2.67%

Ancestry in Nebraska

As per Census Studies & estimates German, Irish, English, Czech, and American have made the five largest ancestry groups in Nebraska.

For more Details read Race and Ethnicity in Nebraska

Top Cities and Counties in Nebraska

As of 2022, Nebraska is divided into 93 counties. Douglas County is the most populous (585,008) and Cherry County (5961 sq mi) is the largest county by area.

Nebraska has a total of 147 cities and Omaha with a population of 486,051 is the most populous City. Its followed by Lincoln with 291,082 residents and Bellevue with 64,176 residents.

read about Cities and Counties in Nebraska

Nebraska Population 2024 | Nebraska Demographics