Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

February 2004


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 02/25/2004. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


The release of the U.S. Census as well as Agricultural Census has recently been a time of anxiety for many policy makers and rural residents. The continued decline in rural population and in farm and ranch operators poses some serious questions about the demographic future of rural Nebraska. One way to gain a deeper understanding of how changes in population structure may affect Nebraska is to examine census data using a cohort methodology. By tracking a cohort of population over time we begin to understand how the structure is changing at a county and place (community) level.