Bureau of Business Research


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Business in Nebraska vol. 51 no. 605


Copyright 1995 by Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska.


Counties across Nebraska have been steadily losing population throughout much of the 20th century. Projections into the next century, based on data through 1990, offer little hope for a reversal of this trend-more than two-thirds of the state's 93 counties ore expected to lose population through 2010. Recent intercensal estimates of population, however, provide indications that half, rather than two-thirds, of the state’s counties will experience population loss.

This article examines the recent history of county-level migration in the sixty-eight counties projected 10 lose population in the coming decades. levels of net migration that will be required to stop the projected population losses ore contrasted with estimated levels of net migration derived from current intercensal data. The migration patterns of persons in the study counties from 1 985 to 1990 also are presented.