Growth in Nebraska Centered in the State’s Largest Counties Regional government
Sarpy County saw 20% growth, by far the largest percentage gain. Both Douglas and Lancaster counties grew 13%. Buffalo and Hall counties ranked fourth and fifth in percentage growth, at 8.6% and 7.3%.
David Drozd, research coordinator at the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said it was “a little surprising” that the five largest counties were also the five fastest growing counties.
Lincoln has added nearly 33,000 people over the past 10 years, bringing its total population to just over 291,000. If recent growth patterns continue, the city is expected to surpass 300,000 in 2023, Drozd said.
The extraordinary legislative session in mid-September will address the redistribution
The Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lancaster and Seward counties, increased by 38,000 to just over 340,000.
The Omaha metropolitan area, which includes five counties in Nebraska and three in Iowa, has grown by more than 100,000 people to about 967,000. Drozd said if current growth rates continue, the region is expected to continue. exceed 1 million people by 2024.
Starting next month, lawmakers will use census data to redraw the state’s political boundaries, including legislative and congressional districts, in a special session. Advocacy groups, including Common Cause Nebraska, have urged lawmakers to conduct the process transparently.
In the months when the pandemic delayed the release of final figures, debate continued over which legislative seats could shift from rural to urban areas.