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“On the contrary, it sends a strong message that the community must seize the development opportunities that come our way,” he said. “If we complete them, the 2030 census will tell a different story.”
Lincoln County’s population in 2020 was 4.4% lower than in 2010, dropping from 36,288 to 34,676. The 2010 figure was just below the county’s all-time high of 36,455 in 1980.
Sutherland was the only one of the county’s seven incorporated towns to gain population over the past decade. Its total in 2020 was 1,313, up from 1,286 in 2010.
The population of the state of Nebraska recorded a third consecutive decade of strong growth, increasing by 7.4% from 2010 to 2020 after increasing by 8.4% in the 1990s and 6.7% in the 2000s .
Again, however, the state’s population growth was concentrated in its three metropolitan counties. The latest census showed growth of 20% in Sarpy County and 13% in Douglas and Lancaster counties over 2010 totals.
Thomas County was the only west-central Nebraska county to gain population from 2010 to 2020. Its 3.4% growth, however, pushed the county’s total from 647 to 669 after three straight decades of losses. as a two-digit percentage.
Four regional counties lost 10% or more of their population in 2010, with McPherson County dropping 26% to displace Arthur County as Nebraska’s least populous.