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State Demographics Data - NE
 

Nebraska

Demographics & Social
2022
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 142,569
% Foreign Born 7.2%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2022 91.0%
% change: 1990-2000 164.7%
Race (%)  
One race 79.7%
White
18.0%
Black or African American
10.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native
2.6%
Asian
24.1%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
24.7%
Two or more races 20.3%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 73,771
% Latino 51.7%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.8%
5-17 7.1%
18-64 81.4%
65 and older 10.7%
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 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 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.

40.9
Gender (% female) 49.4%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 24.7%
Married 61.0%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 14.3%

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 1,825,354
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 11.5%
% change: 1990-2000 5.6%
Race (%)  
One race 92.0%
White 83.2%
Black or African American 4.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9%
Asian 0.8%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 2.9%
Two or more races 8.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 168,127
% Latino 9.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.6%
5-17 18.8%
18-64 57.1%
65 and older 17.5%
Median Age 36.8
Gender (% female) 49.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.2%
Married 50.9%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 16.9%
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.

142,569
Born in Africa 13,565
Born in Asia 40,190
Born in Europe 11,200
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 75,614
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,721
Born in Oceania 279
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.

142,569
Europe 11,200
Northern Europe 1,664
United Kingdom
1,028
Ireland
214
Other Northern Europe
422
Western Europe 3,111
France
81
Germany
2,256
Other Western Europe
774
Southern Europe 1,042
Italy
524
Portugal
N
Other Southern Europe
518
Eastern Europe 5,180
Poland
412
Russia
607
Other Eastern Europe
4,161
Other Europe (no country specified) 203
Asia 40,190
Eastern Asia 6,904
China
5,031

China, excluding Taiwan

4,528

Taiwan

503
Japan
872
Korea
1,001
Other Eastern Asia
N
South Central Asia 13,883
India
6,725
Iran
1,300
Other South Central Asia
5,858
Southeastern Asia 15,339
Philippines
3,343
Vietnam
6,934
Other Southeastern Asia
5,062
Western Asia 4,064
Israel
303
Lebanon
380
Other Western Asia
3,381
Other Asia (no country specified) N
Africa 13,565
Eastern Africa 4,716
Northern Africa 2,948
Western Africa 3,357
Middle and Southern Africa 2,118
Other Africa (no country specified) 426
Oceania 279
Australia and New Zealand subregion 147
Oceania (no country specified) 132
Americas 77,335
Latin America 75,614
Caribbean
5,213

Cuba

3,262

Jamaica

133

Other Caribbean

1,818
Central America
66,330

Mexico

43,001

El Salvador

5,175

Other Central America

18,154
South America
4,071

Brazil

657

Colombia

771

Other South America

2,643
Northern America 1,721
Canada
1,721
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 23,257
1990-1999 25,148
2000-2009 38,042
Since 2010 56,122
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 9.5%
Born in Asia 28.2%
Born in Europe 7.9%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 53.0%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.2%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 7.9%
Northern Europe 1.2%
United Kingdom 0.7%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.3%
Western Europe 2.2%
France 0.1%
Germany 1.6%
Other Western Europe 0.5%
Southern Europe 0.7%
Italy 0.4%
Portugal N
Other Southern Europe 0.4%
Eastern Europe 3.6%
Poland 0.3%
Russia 0.4%
Other Eastern Europe 2.9%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.1%
Asia 28.2%
Eastern Asia 4.8%
China 3.5%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.2%
Taiwan 0.4%
Japan 0.6%
Korea 0.7%
Other Eastern Asia N
South Central Asia 9.7%
India 4.7%
Iran 0.9%
Other South Central Asia 4.1%
Southeastern Asia 10.8%
Philippines 2.3%
Vietnam 4.9%
Other Southeastern Asia 3.6%
Western Asia 2.9%
Israel 0.2%
Lebanon 0.3%
Other Western Asia 2.4%
Other Asia (no country specified) N
Africa 9.5%
Eastern Africa 3.3%
Northern Africa 2.1%
Western Africa 2.4%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.5%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.3%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.1%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 54.2%
Latin America 53.0%
Caribbean 3.7%
Cuba 2.3%
Jamaica 0.1%
Other Caribbean 1.3%
Central America 46.5%
Mexico 30.2%
El Salvador 3.6%
Other Central America 12.7%
South America 2.9%
Brazil 0.5%
Colombia 0.5%
Other South America 1.9%
Northern America 1.2%
Canada 1.2%
Other Northern America N
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 16.3%
1980-1989 17.6%
1990-1999 26.7%
Since 2000 39.4%
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 142,569
Naturalized citizens 63,513
Noncitizens 79,056
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 63,513
Before 1990 7,836
1990-1999 8,369
2000-2009 18,168
2010-2014 8,377
Since 2015 20,763
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 44.5%
Noncitizens 55.5%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 12.3%
1980-1989 13.2%
1990-1999 28.6%
2000-2009 13.2%
Since 2010 32.7%
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) 44,677
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 4,437
% married among women who gave birth
84.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
15.3%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 403,652
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 22,674
% married among women who gave birth 73.8%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 26.2%
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 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 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 3.29
Average family size 3.79
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.32
Average family size 2.94
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 to children between ages 0 and 17 (regardless of their nativity) who reside with at least one parent. This means that the number of children shown here is smaller than the overall number of U.S. children under 18. Since 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau includes children of same-sex married couples in its count of children in families and subfamilies.

 
Children under age 18 with 454,272
Only native parent(s)
379,156
One or more foreign-born parents
75,116

Child is native

65,713

Child is foreign born

9,403
Children under age 6 with 140,736
Only native parent(s)
116,987
One or more foreign-born parents
23,749

Child is native

22,593

Child is foreign born

1,156
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 313,536
Only native parent(s)
262,169
One or more foreign-born parents
51,367

Child is native

43,120

Child is foreign born

8,247
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers to children between ages 0 and 17 (regardless of their nativity) who reside with at least one parent. This means that the number of children shown here is smaller than the overall number of U.S. children under 18. Since 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau includes children of same-sex married couples in its count of children in families and subfamilies. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

143,049
Only native parents 103,215
One or more foreign-born parents 39,834
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.5%
Child is native 14.5%
Child is foreign born 2.1%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.9%
Child is native 16.1%
Child is foreign born 0.8%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.4%
Child is native 13.8%
Child is foreign born 2.6%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 72.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 27.8%
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’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2022 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, click here. For ACS 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, Matthew Sobek, Daniel Backman, Annie Chen, Grace Cooper, Stephanie Richards, Renae Rogers, and Megan Schouweiler. IPUMS USA: Version 14.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2023. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V14.0​.

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.
  • Race and Hispanic origin: In preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census, the Census Bureau has made some improvements and changes in how the respondents were asked about their race and Hispanic origin on the 2020 decennial Census form. The goal was to achieve a more accurate portrait of how U.S. residents self-identify. The same changes in the questionnaire design were implemented in the subsequent ACS as well. Note that the racial composition of the U.S. population in the current ACS looks different from pre-2020 data. For instance, the proportion of people who reported “two or more races” has increased, while the proportion of “white alone” decreased, reflecting both the growth of a more racially diverse population and the changes in the questionnaire design. Race and Hispanic origin comparisons between the current ACS and pre-2020 data should be made with caution, taking into account the changes in the questionnaire design. For more details, visit the Census Bureau’s Resource Library.
  • 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 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 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.
  • Children: The data here include children between ages 0 and 17 (regardless of their nativity) who reside with at least one parent. This means that the number of children shown here is smaller than the overall number of U.S. children under 18. Since 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau has included children of same-sex married couples in its count of children in families and subfamilies.