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Nebraska's Population

In 2016, Nebraska's population made up 0.6 percent of the nation and used 0.9 percent of the nation's energy.1

Find the population of each county in Nebraska at the United States Census Bureau website. Additional information is also in the historical population counts (1900 to 1990) for all counties in Nebraska text file. To find your village, town, or city's population, use the guided search in the Census Bureau's American FactFinder.

1. If the "Guided Search" doesn't start with the "1 Start" at the top, click "1 Start".

2. Choose "I'm looking for information about people" - click 'next'.

3. (At this point, a box will appear on the right with a blue heading called "Your Selections". Anything you select will be dropped into this box. Click on an 'x' to delete a selection.)

4. On the left, click on the plus sign for "Basic Count/Estimate" - choose "Population Total" - click 'next'.

(Use 5. or 6.) 5. At the first bullet: Type in the city and state, or county and state, or the zip code - a dialog box will drop down with more choices to further define what you want - click 'go' and 'next'.

6. At the second bullet: Use this option if you would like one or more geographic areas - click 'add to your selections' and click 'next'.

7. Choose "Skip this step".

8. Choose a report.

Nebraska's Population
1960 – 2016

Year People Year People Year People Year People Year People Year People
1960 1,411,000 1970 1,485,333 1980 1,569,825 1990 1,578,385 2000 1,713,345 2010 1,830,051
1961 1,446,000 1971 1,504,604 1981 1,578,515 1991 1,590,805 2001 1,717,948 2011 1,842,283
1962 1,464,000 1972 1,519,013 1982 1,581,780 1992 1,602,406 2002 1,725,083 2012 1,855,725
1963 1,476,000 1973 1,529,567 1983 1,584,293 1993 1,612,149 2003 1,733,680 2013 1,868,559
1964 1,482,000 1974 1,539,191 1984 1,588,639 1994 1,621,551 2004 1,742,184 2014 1,881,145
1965 1,471,000 1975 1,543,117 1985 1,584,664 1995 1,635,142 2005 1,751,721 2015 1,893,765
1966 1,456,000 1976 1,550,911 1986 1,574,333 1996 1,647,657 2006 1,760,435 2016 1,907,116
1967 1,457,000 1977 1,556,842 1987 1,566,547 1997 1,656,042 2007 1,769,912 2017 NA
1968 1,467,000 1978 1,563,884 1988 1,571,477 1998 1,660,772 2008 1,781,949 2018 NA
1969 1,474,000 1979 1,567,344 1989 1,574,864 1999 1,666,028 2009 1,796,619 2019 NA

Sources: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015. U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: The U.S. Census Bureau numbers are as of July 1 of each year. P = Preliminary. NA = No data available.

1The most recent energy consumption data is used.

This table was updated on August 10, 2017.
Typically, there is one year between updates.