Nebraska's population inches closer to 2 million

29 Jan 2018

Nebraska's population continues to inch closer to the 2 million mark.

Census figures released show the state added 12,473 people between July 1, 2016, and July 1 this year, an increase of 0.65 percent. That put the state's total at more than 1.92 million.

Nebraska's growth ranked 31st overall by numbers but 20th by percentage. Among bordering states, only Colorado and South Dakota grew faster on a percentage basis than Nebraska.

David Drozd of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha called it "another good year," even though the 0.65 percent growth rate was the second-lowest this decade.

Nebraska's growth was right on par with the nation as a whole, which grew to 325,719,178 people, up from 323,405,935. That's an increase of 0.7 percent.

Idaho was the nation's fastest-growing state, with a population increase of 2 percent, while Texas added the most people, nearly 400,000.

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