These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nebraska For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Nebraska for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Ralston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Gretna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Omaha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Grand Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Schuyler (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 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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 2017 – 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: 7,348
Population 2010: 5,961
Growth Rate: 23.27%
Absolute Growth: 1,387
More on Ralston: Homes For Sale | Data
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: 5,045
Population 2010: 4,164
Growth Rate: 21.16%
Absolute Growth: 881
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Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

3. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Population: 463,081
Population 2010: 407,334
Growth Rate: 13.69%
Absolute Growth: 55,747
More on Omaha: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

4. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Population: 17,062
Population 2010: 15,044
Growth Rate: 13.41%
Absolute Growth: 2,018
More on La Vista: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Population: 277,315
Population 2010: 253,035
Growth Rate: 9.6%
Absolute Growth: 24,280
More on Lincoln: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 33,082
Population 2010: 30,214
Growth Rate: 9.49%
Absolute Growth: 2,868
More on Kearney: Homes For Sale | Data
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. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 51,042
Population 2010: 46,975
Growth Rate: 8.66%
Absolute Growth: 4,067
More on Grand Island: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 53,040
Population 2010: 50,241
Growth Rate: 5.57%
Absolute Growth: 2,799
More on Bellevue: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,834
Population 2010: 21,640
Growth Rate: 5.52%
Absolute Growth: 1,194
More on Columbus: Homes For Sale | Data
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. Schuyler

Schuyler, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,229
Population 2010: 5,931
Growth Rate: 5.02%
Absolute Growth: 298
More on Schuyler: Homes For Sale | Data
Schuyler is a city in Colfax County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,211 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Colfax County. The city (as well as the county) is named after former Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax.

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 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Ralston 7,348 5,961 1,387 23.3%
2 Gretna 5,045 4,164 881 21.2%
3 Omaha 463,081 407,334 55,747 13.7%
4 La Vista 17,062 15,044 2,018 13.4%
5 Lincoln 277,315 253,035 24,280 9.6%
6 Kearney 33,082 30,214 2,868 9.5%
7 Grand Island 51,042 46,975 4,067 8.7%
8 Bellevue 53,040 50,241 2,799 5.6%
9 Columbus 22,834 21,640 1,194 5.5%
10 Schuyler 6,229 5,931 298 5.0%
11 Crete 7,079 6,801 278 4.1%
12 Seward 7,124 6,846 278 4.1%
13 Papillion 19,478 18,829 649 3.4%
14 Norfolk 24,352 23,961 391 1.6%
15 South Sioux City 13,145 12,977 168 1.3%
16 Gering 8,377 8,271 106 1.3%
17 Sidney 6,830 6,748 82 1.2%
18 Hastings 24,948 24,717 231 0.9%
19 Fremont 26,356 26,223 133 0.5%
20 Blair 8,011 7,980 31 0.4%
21 Scottsbluff 14,887 14,841 46 0.3%
22 York 7,890 7,869 21 0.3%
23 Holdrege 5,497 5,499 -2 -0.0%
24 Lexington 10,097 10,111 -14 -0.1%
25 Nebraska City 7,288 7,300 -12 -0.2%
26 Wayne 5,557 5,585 -28 -0.5%
27 Mccook 7,622 7,729 -107 -1.4%
28 Alliance 8,392 8,524 -132 -1.5%
29 Chadron 5,704 5,812 -108 -1.9%
30 Beatrice 12,309 12,584 -275 -2.2%
31 North Platte 24,135 24,722 -587 -2.4%
32 Plattsmouth 6,435 6,599 -164 -2.5%

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