Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics (April 2011)


Published by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics. Copyright © [2011] Board of Regents, University of Nebraska.


As has been reported elsewhere, Nebraska saw a second consecutive decade of population growth between 2000 and 2010. The 2010 Census counted 1,826,341 Nebraskans, an increase of 6.7 percent (+115,076 residents) since the 2000 Census. This growth, while somewhat slower than the growth of 8.4 percent observed during the 1990’s, was better than the Midwest regional average growth of 3.9 percent, and better than the growth of either Iowa or Kansas.

According to the University of Nebraska Center for Public Affairs Research, Nebraska’s population growth during the last decade resulted from both a natural increase (excess of births over deaths) of about 109,500 and net inmigration of about 5,600.