Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics, February 25, 2015.


Copyright University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The 2015 edition of the Nebraska Rural Poll will be mailed to 6,000 non-Metropolitan Nebraska house-holds in March. Having run every year since 1996, the Poll is the largest and oldest annual survey of its kind in the nation. Over the Poll’s nineteen years, surveys have been completed by over 49,000 respondents in 84 non-Metropolitan Counties. This amounts to roughly 6.6% of that population (755,000 in 2010). In a number of very small rural counties, the portion of the population reached is closer to 10%. More im-portantly, the Poll has reached over 16% of all non-Metropolitan Nebraska households (305,891 in 2010).

The Nebraska Rural Poll had its origins with the Center for Rural Revitalization and Development (later the Center for Applied Rural Innovation), housed within the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics and was originally led by Dr. Sam Cordes and Dr. John Allen, faculty members within that department. In the Poll’s first year, survey data were summarized in four reports, dealing with work patterns and bene-fits, state and federal taxes, environmental issues and the quality of life in rural communities.