These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nebraska


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Omaha and Lincoln, while others want peace and quiet like in Gretna and Holdrege, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Nebraska have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Cornhusker State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Gretna
  2. Ralston
  3. La Vista
  4. Papillion
  5. Omaha
  6. Grand Island
  7. Kearney
  8. Lincoln
  9. Bellevue
  10. Schuyler

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Nebraska are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Cornhusker State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 32 Nebraska cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Cornhusker State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Gretna

Gretna, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,416
Population 2010: 4,164
Growth Rate: 30.07%
Absolute Growth: 1,252

2. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,826
Population 2010: 5,961
Growth Rate: 14.51%
Absolute Growth: 865

3. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,125
Population 2010: 15,044
Growth Rate: 13.83%
Absolute Growth: 2,081

4. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,100
Population 2010: 18,829
Growth Rate: 12.06%
Absolute Growth: 2,271

5. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 435,454
Population 2010: 407,334
Growth Rate: 6.9%
Absolute Growth: 28,120

6. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,059
Population 2010: 46,975
Growth Rate: 6.57%
Absolute Growth: 3,084

7. Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,759
Population 2010: 30,214
Growth Rate: 5.11%
Absolute Growth: 1,545

8. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 265,811
Population 2010: 253,035
Growth Rate: 5.05%
Absolute Growth: 12,776

9. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,690
Population 2010: 50,241
Growth Rate: 4.87%
Absolute Growth: 2,449

10. Schuyler

Schuyler, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,195
Population 2010: 5,931
Growth Rate: 4.45%
Absolute Growth: 264

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Nebraska are led by Gretna which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nebraska

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Gretna 1 5,416 4,164 1,252 30.1%
Ralston 2 6,826 5,961 865 14.5%
La Vista 3 17,125 15,044 2,081 13.8%
Papillion 4 21,100 18,829 2,271 12.1%
Omaha 5 435,454 407,334 28,120 6.9%
Grand Island 6 50,059 46,975 3,084 6.6%
Kearney 7 31,759 30,214 1,545 5.1%
Lincoln 8 265,811 253,035 12,776 5.0%
Bellevue 9 52,690 50,241 2,449 4.9%
Schuyler 10 6,195 5,931 264 4.5%
Crete 11 7,055 6,801 254 3.7%
Columbus 12 22,436 21,640 796 3.7%
South Sioux City 13 13,375 12,977 398 3.1%
Seward 14 7,050 6,846 204 3.0%
Gering 15 8,463 8,271 192 2.3%
Norfolk 16 24,364 23,961 403 1.7%
Hastings 17 25,030 24,717 313 1.3%
Scottsbluff 18 14,998 14,841 157 1.1%
Fremont 19 26,483 26,223 260 1.0%
Sidney 20 6,801 6,748 53 0.8%
Lexington 21 10,189 10,111 78 0.8%
Chadron 22 5,829 5,812 17 0.3%
Holdrege 23 5,506 5,499 7 0.1%
Blair 24 7,990 7,980 10 0.1%
York 25 7,878 7,869 9 0.1%
Wayne 26 5,578 5,585 -7 -0.1%
Alliance 27 8,501 8,524 -23 -0.3%
Nebraska City 28 7,279 7,300 -21 -0.3%
Mccook 29 7,670 7,729 -59 -0.8%
North Platte 30 24,532 24,722 -190 -0.8%
Plattsmouth 31 6,473 6,599 -126 -1.9%
Beatrice 32 12,183 12,584 -401 -3.2%

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