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Cornhusker Economics (March 5, 2014)
There is no doubt that Nebraska’s rural population has, in most cases, been in decline. Between the Census years of 2000 and 2010 the state saw a population increase of 6.7 percent, led by growth of 13.7 percent in nine Metropolitan counties. Over the same period, Nebraska’s 84 Non-Metropolitan counties saw their populations decline by 1.8 percent, led by an 8.5 percent population decline in the 28 most rural counties (labeled here as ‘Frontier’ counties; Table 1 on next page).