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February 06, 2008

Nebraska Snapshot

Nebraska in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Caucus Snapshot

Nebraska, which is holding a Democratic caucus on Feb. 9 and a Republican primary on May 13, had a 2007 population of 1.8 million that includes a higher percentage of non-Hispanic whites and a lower percentage of blacks and Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 65 percent of Nebraska’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election; the national rate was 64 percent.

These and other statistics about Nebraska’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Nebraska U.S.
Median age 36.0 36.4
Women 50.4% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 84.9% 66.4%
Black alone 4.4% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 7.4% 14.8%
Median household income $45,474 $48,451
Foreign born 5.6% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 11.5% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 26.9% 27.0%
Median home value $119,200 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

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