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Latest NE population estimates show need to take part in 2020 census

Latest NE population estimates show need to take part in 2020 census
MGN Onlilne

The executive director of the Panhandle Area Development District says it will be vital that Panhandle residents participate fully in next year’s U-S Census.

The most recent population estimates by the Census Bureau showed a continued decline in the area in 2018, with the 11 Panhandle counties losing nearly 1,100 residents, down 1.27% from the 2017 estimate of 85,000.

Jeff Kelley tells KNEB News a declining future population count could be accompanied by less money for items such as roads and economic development. “What they see from those census numbers, has a direct impact on how much federal funding you see in the state or the Panhandle,” says Kelley. “So it’s very important with the census coming up that people take the time to participate in that.”

The Census estimates show Kimball County as the only one to have an increase in population, up half a percent in 2018 from the previous year.

Cheyenne County was estimated to have had the largest loss on both a number and percentage basis, losing nearly 350 people… a 3.59% drop, from the 2017 estimated population of 9,657.

U.S Census Bureau Estimates 2017 vs. 2018

Geography Population Estimate – July 1, 2017 Population Estimate – July 1, 2018 Change, 2017 to 2018 – Number Change, 2017 to 2018 – Percent [1]
Nebraska 1917575 1929268 11693 0.61%
Banner County 734 730 -4 -0.54%
Box Butte County 10860 10772 -88 -0.81%
Cheyenne County 9657 9310 -347 -3.59%
Dawes County 8885 8716 -169 -1.90%
Deuel County 1868 1825 -43 -2.30%
Garden County 1897 1897 0 0.00%
Kimball County 3601 3618 17 0.47%
Morrill County 4808 4686 -122 -2.54%
Scotts Bluff County 36213 35989 -224 -0.62%
Sheridan County 5278 5190 -88 -1.67%
Sioux County 1201 1187 -14 -1.17%
         
  85002 83920 -1082 -1.27%

Source: U.S Census Bureau website

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