Bureau of Business Research


Date of this Version



Business in Nebraska vol. 53, no. 630


Copyright 1998 by Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska.


Nebraska's population grew by more than 76,000 persons from 1990 to 1997. The pattern of population change varied considerably across the state’s 93 counties. Some counties experienced rapid growth, others substantial declines, still others experienced almost no population change at all.

Components of Change

Population change is driven by a combination of four components: births, deaths, inmigration (people moving in), and outmigration (people moving out). The first two factors- births and deaths---combine to determine the natural rate of change. The remaining factors-inmigration and outmigration-combine to determine net migration. The natural rate of change and net migration can be either positive or negative.