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Nebraska Population by Percentage

Nebraska the 37th largest U.S. state by population has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White (Non-Hispanic) are the largest group in Nebraska followed by Hispanic or Latino Americans. 

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Ethnic and Racial Percentage

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% and Asians at 2.67%

The ethnic composition of Nebraska is as follows

Race and OriginActual PopulationPercentage 2020
White alone1,484,68775.69%
Hispanic or Latino234,71511.97%
Black or African American alone94,4054.81%
Two or more races:72,6343.70%
Asian alone52,3592.67%
American Indians and Alaska Natives alone15,0510.77%
Some Other Race alone6,3350.32%
Native Hawaiian &  Pacific Islanders 1,3180.07%

Source: US Census  2020

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*US Census recognized five racial categories (White, Black or African American, Asian American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as people of two or more races. It also classified respondents as "Hispanic or Latino" or "Not Hispanic or Latino", identifying Hispanic and Latino as an ethnicity (not a race), which comprises the largest minority group in the nation.

Ancestry in Nebraska

As per Census Studies & estimate German, Irish, English, Czech, and American have made the five largest ancestry groups in Nebraska. In 2020, 3.9% of the population considered themselves to be of only American ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity). Many of these were of English or Scotch-Irish or European descent; however, their families have lived in the state for so long that they choose to identify as having “American” ancestry or do not know their ancestry.

The Largest Ancestry in Nebraska is as follows

10French (except Basque)38,2692.0%
13Subsaharan African28,5661.5%
20French Canadian6,1220.3%
26West Indian1,3990.1%

Source: US Census 2020

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European ancestry in Nebraska

Non-Hispanic Whites account for nearly 75.69% of Nebraska’s population. German, Irish, and English Americans have made up the three largest European ancestry groups in Nebraska. As per the Census report, German Americans made up 30.9% of the population and numbered 597,127 members.

Irish Americans made up 11.5% of the population and numbered 223,145. English Americans made up 7.4% of the population and number 142,766 followed by Czech ancestry at 4.1 % of the population and number 79,177.

Hispanics and Latinos in Nebraska

Hispanics and Latinos are the second-largest groups in Nebraska. Around 11.97% of Nebraska’s Population claims Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity.  Mexican (7.8%), Puerto Rican (0.2%), Cuban (0.2%), and other Hispanic or Latino origin (2.0%).

African Americans in Nebraska

African Americans are the third-largest group in Nebraska. As of 2020, those of African ancestry accounted for 4.81% of Nebraska’s population.

Asian Americans in Nebraska

Asian Americans are a sizable minority group in Nebraska. Americans of Asian descent formed 2.67 % of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; the majority are Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and ethnic Chinese.

Native Americans in Nebraska

Native Americans are a smaller minority in the state. Native Americans made up 0.77 % of Nebraska’s population and number 15,000 individuals as of 2020. 

Pacific Islanders in Nebraska

Americans with origins from the Pacific Islands are the smallest minority in Nebraska.  They made up 0.07% of Nebraska’s population and number 1318 individuals as of 2020. 

Multi-Race in Nebraska

Multiracial individuals are also a visible minority in Nebraska. People identifying as multiracial form 3.70%  of the population, and number around 72,634  people. 

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