These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nebraska For 2018


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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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Nebraska for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Ralston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Gretna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Omaha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Grand Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Crete (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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

If you’re surprised–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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Nebraska or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Nebraska with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in nebraska

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1. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Population: 7,334
Population 2010: 5,961
Growth Rate: 23.03%
Absolute Growth: 1,373
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Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,943 at the 2010 census. Ralston is surrounded on three sides by the city of Omaha, and by Sarpy County on the south side.

2. Gretna

Gretna, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,047
Population 2010: 4,164
Growth Rate: 21.21%
Absolute Growth: 883
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Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

3. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Population: 17,064
Population 2010: 15,044
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 2,020
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La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

4. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Population: 443,072
Population 2010: 407,334
Growth Rate: 8.77%
Absolute Growth: 35,738
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Omaha (/omh/ OH-m-hah) is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha’s population was 408,958, making it the nation’s 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile (80 km) radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

5. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 50,895
Population 2010: 46,975
Growth Rate: 8.34%
Absolute Growth: 3,920
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Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 48,520 at the 2010 census.

6. Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,709
Population 2010: 30,214
Growth Rate: 8.26%
Absolute Growth: 2,495
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Kearney /krni/ is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 30,787 at the 2010 census. It is home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The westward push of the railroad as the Civil War ended gave birth to the community.

7. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Population: 273,018
Population 2010: 253,035
Growth Rate: 7.9%
Absolute Growth: 19,983
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Lincoln (pronounced /lkn/) is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles (242.06 km2) with a population of 280,364 in 2016. It is the second-most populous city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. The statistical area is home to 348,720 people, making it the 105th-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

8. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 52,993
Population 2010: 50,241
Growth Rate: 5.48%
Absolute Growth: 2,752
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9. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,668
Population 2010: 21,640
Growth Rate: 4.75%
Absolute Growth: 1,028
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Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 22,111 at the 2010 census.

10. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,089
Population 2010: 6,801
Growth Rate: 4.23%
Absolute Growth: 288
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Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Nebraska are led by Ralston which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nebraska

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Ralston 7,334 5,961 1,373 23.0%
2 Gretna 5,047 4,164 883 21.2%
3 La Vista 17,064 15,044 2,020 13.4%
4 Omaha 443,072 407,334 35,738 8.8%
5 Grand Island 50,895 46,975 3,920 8.3%
6 Kearney 32,709 30,214 2,495 8.3%
7 Lincoln 273,018 253,035 19,983 7.9%
8 Bellevue 52,993 50,241 2,752 5.5%
9 Columbus 22,668 21,640 1,028 4.8%
10 Crete 7,089 6,801 288 4.2%
11 Seward 7,133 6,846 287 4.2%
12 Schuyler 6,171 5,931 240 4.0%
13 Papillion 19,520 18,829 691 3.7%
14 South Sioux City 13,268 12,977 291 2.2%
15 Sidney 6,875 6,748 127 1.9%
16 Norfolk 24,398 23,961 437 1.8%
17 Gering 8,401 8,271 130 1.6%
18 Hastings 24,983 24,717 266 1.1%
19 Fremont 26,450 26,223 227 0.9%
20 Holdrege 5,545 5,499 46 0.8%
21 Scottsbluff 14,937 14,841 96 0.6%
22 York 7,899 7,869 30 0.4%
23 Blair 8,007 7,980 27 0.3%
24 Nebraska City 7,303 7,300 3 0.0%
25 Lexington 10,090 10,111 -21 -0.2%
26 Chadron 5,792 5,812 -20 -0.3%
27 Wayne 5,560 5,585 -25 -0.4%
28 Alliance 8,469 8,524 -55 -0.6%
29 Mccook 7,618 7,729 -111 -1.4%
30 North Platte 24,311 24,722 -411 -1.7%
31 Beatrice 12,358 12,584 -226 -1.8%
32 Plattsmouth 6,476 6,599 -123 -1.9%

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