Bureau of Business Research


Date of this Version



Published in Business in Nebraska (April 1966) No. 259, 6 pages.


Nebraska County and City Population Estimates for 1965 (Edward L. Hauswald)

Nebraska's population is estimated to have been 1,498,733 at the end of 1965. This represents an increase of 0.9 percent for the year as compared with an increase of 0.4 in 1964. In the five years since 1960, the state's population rose by about 6 percent. (A Census Bureau estimate places Nebraska's mid-year 1965 population at 1,477,000 of 0.4 percent above that at mid-year 1964 and 4.7 percent above that of April, 1960). Our county estimates appear in Table I, page 4; their pattern of change is shown in Figure I below. Our City estimates appear in Table II on page 5.

Business Summary (J. Timothy Wilson)

January's dollar volume of business in Nebraska increased 9.9% from January, 1965, and decreased 1.9% from December, 1965. The U.S. index showed a 10.5% increase from January, 1965, and a 2.2% increase from December, 1965. From January, 1965, physical volume rose in Nebraska 2.9% and in the U.S., 6.5%. In the individual series, Bank Debits, Construction Activity, Life Insurance Sales, and Newspaper Advertising showed substantial increases over January, 1965. Cash Farm Marketing's and Electricity Produced decreased from January, 1965. The rest of the series were steady.

Review (Dorothy Switzer)

Throughout Nebraska there is concern for community planning. In the cities this concern is understandably more acute than in the smaller communities because the situation in the cities is in a critical stage. This book by Victor Gruen, who is an active architect and planner, brings a practicality to the subject of urban analysis which should make it extremely useful to city planners and other city officials, as well as to community development committees. Mr. Gruen writes with considerable wit and charm and his book is highly readable, but its principal value lies in his clear analyses of urban problems, his incisive diagnoses of urban illnesses, and his sensible proposals to solve the problems and cure the ills. His suggestions are explained through actual workable examples, and his book includes 150 interesting and idea-provoking illustrations from his own files.

Dr. William D. Torrence