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State Demographics Data - NE
 

Nebraska

Demographics & Social
2019
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 142,468
% Foreign Born 7.4%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2019 90.9%
% change: 1990-2000 164.7%
Race (%)  
One race 98.6%
White
44.4%
Black or African American
14.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
24.1%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.2%
Other race
15.4%
Two or more races 1.4%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 72,654
% Latino 51.0%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.9%
5-17 9.8%
18-64 81.5%
65 and older 6.8%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau’s pooled 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

37.5
Gender (% female) 48.4%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 27.2%
Married 60.6%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 12.1%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 1,791,940
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 9.5%
% change: 1990-2000 5.6%
Race (%)  
One race 97.1%
White 89.5%
Black or African American 4.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0%
Asian 0.8%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.1%
Other race 1.6%
Two or more races 2.9%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 146,818
% Latino 8.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 7.1%
5-17 18.5%
18-64 57.5%
65 and older 16.9%
Median Age 36.7
Gender (% female) 50.2%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 30.7%
Married 52.2%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 17.1%
Foreign Born
Number 74,638
% Foreign Born 4.4%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 1,636,625
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Foreign Born
Number 28,198
% Foreign Born 1.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 1,550,187
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

142,468
Born in Africa 19,144
Born in Asia 40,468
Born in Europe 6,707
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 74,185
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,614
Born in Oceania 350
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

 
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

142,468
Europe 6,707
Northern Europe 1,357
United Kingdom
1,195
Ireland
89
Other Northern Europe
73
Western Europe 1,415
France
101
Germany
1,075
Other Western Europe
239
Southern Europe 511
Italy
151
Portugal
N
Other Southern Europe
360
Eastern Europe 3,424
Poland
235
Russia
324
Other Eastern Europe
2,865
Other Europe (no country specified) N
Asia 40,468
Eastern Asia 11,767
China
6,258

China, excluding Taiwan

5,130

Taiwan

1,128
Japan
1,756
Korea
3,753
Other Eastern Asia
N
South Central Asia 9,178
India
5,149
Iran
407
Other South Central Asia
3,622
Southeastern Asia 15,348
Philippines
1,511
Vietnam
7,304
Other Southeastern Asia
6,533
Western Asia 4,175
Israel
44
Lebanon
N
Other Western Asia
4,131
Other Asia (no country specified) N
Africa 19,144
Eastern Africa 8,701
Northern Africa
5,669
Western Africa
2,192
Middle and Southern Africa
1,535
Other Africa (no country specified)
1,047
Oceania 350
Australia and New Zealand subregion 189
Oceania (no country specified) 161
Americas 75,799
Latin America 74,185
Caribbean
5,150

Cuba

3,802

Jamaica

49

Other Caribbean

1,299
Central America
64,890

Mexico

46,400

El Salvador

5,016

Other Central America

13,474
South America
4,145

Brazil

996

Colombia

1,363

Other South America

1,786
Northern America 1,614
Canada
1,614
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 23,297
1990-1999 30,880
2000-2009 36,690
Since 2010 51,601
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 13.4%
Born in Asia 28.4%
Born in Europe 4.7%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 52.1%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.1%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 4.7%
Northern Europe 1.0%
United Kingdom 0.8%
Ireland 0.1%
Other Northern Europe 0.1%
Western Europe 1.0%
France 0.1%
Germany 0.8%
Other Western Europe 0.2%
Southern Europe 0.4%
Italy 0.1%
Portugal N
Other Southern Europe 0.3%
Eastern Europe 2.4%
Poland 0.2%
Russia 0.2%
Other Eastern Europe 2.0%
Other Europe (no country specified) N
Asia 28.4%
Eastern Asia 8.3%
China 4.4%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.6%
Taiwan 0.8%
Japan 1.2%
Korea 2.6%
Other Eastern Asia N
South Central Asia 6.4%
India 3.6%
Iran 0.3%
Other South Central Asia 2.5%
Southeastern Asia 10.8%
Philippines 1.1%
Vietnam 5.1%
Other Southeastern Asia 4.6%
Western Asia 2.9%
Israel N
Lebanon N
Other Western Asia 2.9%
Other Asia (no country specified) N
Africa 13.4%
Eastern Africa 6.1%
Northern Africa 4.0%
Western Africa 1.5%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.1%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.7%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.1%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 53.2%
Latin America 52.1%
Caribbean 3.6%
Cuba 2.7%
Jamaica N
Other Caribbean 0.9%
Central America 45.5%
Mexico 32.6%
El Salvador 3.5%
Other Central America 9.5%
South America 2.9%
Brazil 0.7%
Colombia 1.0%
Other South America 1.3%
Northern America 1.1%
Canada 1.1%
Other Northern America N
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 16.4%
1980-1989 21.7%
1990-1999 25.8%
Since 2000 36.2%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 74,638
Born in Africa 2,649
Born in Asia 19,202
Born in Europe 10,837
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 39,991
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,612
Cat28 347
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 3.5%
Born in Asia 25.7%
Born in Europe 14.5%
Born in Latin America 53.6%
Born in Northern America 2.2%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 27,472
Born in Africa 795
Born in Asia 8,538
Born in Europe 10,554
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 6,035
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,329
Cat21 221
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 2.9%
Born in Asia 31.1%
Born in Europe 38.4%
Born in Latin America 22.0%
Born in Northern America 4.8%
Born in Oceania 0.8%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 142,468
Naturalized citizens 59,681
Noncitizens 82,787
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 59,681
Before 1990 6,048
1990-1999 9,869
2000-2009 15,044
2010-2014 10,516
Since 2015 18,204
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 41.9%
Noncitizens 58.1%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 10.1%
1980-1989 16.5%
1990-1999 25.2%
2000-2009 17.6%
Since 2010 30.5%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 74,638
Naturalized citizens 23,918
Noncitizens 50,720
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 32.0%
Noncitizens 68.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 28,198
Naturalized citizens 15,312
Noncitizens 12,886
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 54.3%
Noncitizens 45.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 47,518
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 3,205
% married among women who gave birth
80.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
20.0%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 390,457
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 23,692
% married among women who gave birth 69.9%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 30.1%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S Census Bureau’s pooled 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 3.18
Average family size 3.56
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.38
Average family size 2.97
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau has excluded children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 448,930
Only native parent(s)
375,203
One or more foreign-born parents
73,727

Child is native

60,861

Child is foreign born

12,866
Children under age 6 with 149,576
Only native parent(s)
125,175
One or more foreign-born parents
24,401

Child is native

21,646

Child is foreign born

2,755
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 299,354
Only native parent(s)
250,028
One or more foreign-born parents
49,326

Child is native

39,215

Child is foreign born

10,111
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau has excluded children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

148,613
Only native parents 108,602
One or more foreign-born parents 40,011
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.4%
Child is native 13.6%
Child is foreign born 2.9%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.3%
Child is native 14.5%
Child is foreign born 1.8%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.5%
Child is native 13.1%
Child is foreign born 3.4%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 73.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 26.9%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 436,682
Only native parent(s) 403,311
One or more foreign-born parents 33,371
Child is native 25,576
Child is foreign born 7,795
Children under age 6 with 139,102
Only native parent(s) 124,623
One or more foreign-born parents 14,479
Child is native 13,000
Child is foreign born 1,479
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 297,580
Only native parent(s) 278,688
One or more foreign-born parents 18,892
Child is native 12,576
Child is foreign born 6,316
Children in Low-Income Families* 151,521
Only native parents 134,592
One or more foreign-born parents 16,929
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.6%
Child is native 5.9%
Child is foreign born 1.8%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.4%
Child is native 9.3%
Child is foreign born 1.1%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 93.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.3%
Child is native 4.2%
Child is foreign born 2.1%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 88.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.2%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 421,217
Only native parent(s) 409,046
One or more foreign-born parents 12,171
Child is native 10,401
Child is foreign born 1,770
Children under age 6 with 144,112
Only native parent(s) 140,122
One or more foreign-born parents 3,990
Child is native 3,721
Child is foreign born 269
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 277,105
Only native parent(s) 268,924
One or more foreign-born parents 8,181
Child is native 6,680
Child is foreign born 1,501
Children in Low-Income Families* 165,083
Only native parents 159,172
One or more foreign-born parents 5,911
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.9%
Child is native 2.5%
Child is foreign born 0.4%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.8%
Child is native 2.6%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.0%
Child is native 2.4%
Child is foreign born 0.5%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 96.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.6%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2019 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Sarah Flood, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, Erin Meyer, Jose Pacas and Matthew Sobek. IPUMS USA: Version 10.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2020. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V10.0.

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau has excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.