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Thursday, 02 April 2015 02:53

By Russ Pankonin

The Wauneta Breeze


Estimates released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that population in Chase County remained steady last year.

Each year, the Census Bureau releases population estimates from July to July of the previous years.

In July, 2013, the estimated population in Chase County stood at 3,977. In 2014, the county’s estimated population grew by one person to 3,978.

While the growth was only by one person, it ranked Chase County as one of only 43 Nebraska counties that showed either no decline or positive population growth for 2014.

Since the last Census in 2010, Chase County’s population has increased by 12 people, compared to the 3,966 figure in 2010.

In the four years since the last census, 63 of the state’s 93 counties have lost population while the state’s population has increased by more than 55,000.

That trend of falling population hit counties around Chase County as well.

To the south, Dundy County’s population declined by 83 people from July, 2013 to July 2014 to 1,886. Since the 2010 census, population has declined by 122 people from the 2,008 people recorded that year.

To the north, Perkins County saw a slight decline of 19 people as of July, 2014, with an estimated population of 2,891. Since the 2,970 count in the 2010 census, Perkins County has lost 79 people.

Keith County showed no decline in 2014, with a population of 8,121.  However, since the census, population there has declined by 247.

Chase County’s neighbor to the east, Hayes County, lost 40 people during 2014, making the estimated population 933. Since the last census, they are only down 34 people.

Hitchcock County was among those 43 counties showing growth last year, with an increase of 28 people to 2,901. That’s still seven below their county census in 2010.

Counties with regional trade centers, including McCook and North Platte, both showed population declines in 2014 and since the 2010 census.

Red Willow County, which includes McCook, fell by 156 people to 10,867 in 2014 and 188 people since 2010.

Lincoln County, home to North Platte, fell 277 in 2014 to 35,815 and is down 473 since 2010.

State population increases

With an increase of 12,354 people statewide, Nebraska’s estimated population stands at 1,881,503 as of July 1, 2014. That’s an increase of 55,162 people since the 2010 census. Douglas and Sarpy Counties, which encompasses Omaha and its suburb communities, and Lancaster County, which includes Lincoln, were the primary beneficiaries of Nebraska’s growth since the 2010 census.

The population in Douglas and Sarpy Counties now totals 715,437 people.

Douglas County grew by 5,715 people in 2014 and 26,314 since the last census. Sarpy County grew by 2,835 people in 2014 and a total of 13,353 since 2010.

The Capitol city of Lincoln experienced the second highest increase, adding 4,510 people in 2014 to make their population 301,795. That’s an increase of 16,388 since 2010.

Hall County, which includes Grand Island, showed the next highest growth with 569 more people in 2014.

David Drozd of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha said the estimates show that (county, county seat) Douglas (Omaha), Lancaster (Lincoln), Sarpy (Papillion),  Buffalo (Kearney), Cass (Plattsmouth), Platte (Columbus), and Seward (Seward) counties all hit all-time population highs in 2014.

Population estimates for Nebraska’s towns in 2014 will be released by the Census Bureau in the coming months.