Poverty in Nebraska

What is the poverty rate in Nebraska?
The poverty rate in Nebraska is 12.0%. One out of every 8.4 residents of Nebraska lives in poverty.

How many people in Nebraska live in poverty?
220,330 of 1,839,825 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Nebraska compare to the national average?
Nebraska ranks 15th in Poverty Rate at 12.0%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Nebraska is meaningfully lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Nebraska Poverty Rate County Map

Nebraska County Poverty Rate Comparison

Nebraska Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Nebraska?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Nebraska is 10.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Nebraska is 13.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Nebraska

Female residents of Nebraska are meaningfully(26%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

96,880 of 915,555 males in Nebraska live below the poverty line.

123,450 of 924,270 females in Nebraska live below the poverty line.

Nebraska Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Nebraska By Age?

Nebraska Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Nebraska Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 18.4%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 15.3%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 13.0%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 12.0%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 6.1%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 8.9%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 13.4%.

Historical Nebraska Poverty Rate

Nebraska Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

12.9% 15.3%

2011

13.1% 1.0% 15.9%

2012

13.0% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

13.2% 1.0% 15.8%

2014

12.4% 6.0% 15.5%

2015

12.6% 0.0% 14.7%

2016

11.4% 9.0% 14.0%

2017

10.8% 6.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Nebraska Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

85,003

28.6% 25.2% 4.5%

American Indian

15,303

32.6% 26.8% 0.8%

Asian

40,697

19.3% 11.9% 2.1%

Pacific Islander

1,403

19.2% 19.0% 0.1%

Other

34,466

20.8% 23.8% 1.8%

Two Or More Races

43,938

20.5% 18.4% 2.3%

White

1,471,138

9.0% 10.3% 77.7%

Hispanic

193,358

22.7% 22.2% 10.2%

What's the Poverty Rate in Nebraska By Race?

28.6% of Black residents of Nebraska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Nebraska is the same as than the national average. 24,345 of 85,003 black Nebraskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Nebraska are black.

19.3% of Asian residents of Nebraska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Nebraska is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 7,868 of 40,697 asian Nebraskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.1% of the total population of Nebraska are asian.

9.0% of White residents of Nebraska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Nebraska is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 132,819 of 1,471,138 white Nebraskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 77.7% of the total population of Nebraska are white.

22.7% of Hispanic residents of Nebraska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Nebraska is the same as than the national average. 43,933 of 193,358 hispanic Nebraskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 10.2% of the total population of Nebraska are hispanic.

Nebraska Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Nebraska can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 17.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents enrolled in school is moderately lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 82,177 of 477,094 Nebraskans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 25.2% of the total population of Nebraska are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 9.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents not enrolled in school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 123,495 of 1,286,241 Nebraskans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 67.9% of the total population of Nebraska are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Nebraska is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 14.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 4,748 of 32,546 Nebraskans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.7% of the total population of Nebraska are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 15.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is significantly lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 15,809 of 101,063 Nebraskans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Nebraska are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Nebraska can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 13.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is significantly lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 13,912 of 101,881 Nebraskans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Nebraska are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 13.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is significantly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 13,057 of 99,463 Nebraskans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Nebraska are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 28.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents enrolled in undergraduate school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 25,562 of 88,958 Nebraskans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Nebraska are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Nebraska have a Poverty Rate of 17.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nebraska residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is the same as than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 4,672 of 27,166 Nebraskans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Nebraska is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Nebraska Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Nebraska born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

11.3%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Nebraska who were born citizens of the United States is 11.3%.

21.3%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Nebraska who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 21.3%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Nebraska born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Nebraska have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 1,711,992 residents of Nebraska who were born citizens of the United States, 193,060 (11.3%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 27,270 (21.3%) of 127,833 residents of Nebraska who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Nebraska Poverty Rate By City

Nebraska Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Ainsworth

111th

17.5% 1,731

Albion

17th

6.3% 1,561

Alliance

70th

12.2% 8,392

Alma

90th

14.0% 1,341

Arlington

38th

9.0% 1,365

Ashland

76th

12.5% 2,430

Atkinson

43rd

9.3% 1,463

Auburn

64th

11.7% 3,336

Aurora

28th

7.5% 4,469

Battle Creek

71st

12.2% 1,380

Beatrice

51st

10.1% 12,309

Bellevue

46th

9.5% 53,040

Bennington

18th

6.3% 1,611

Blair

102nd

16.0% 8,011

Bridgeport

3rd

3.8% 1,747

Broken Bow

85th

13.7% 3,516

Burwell

31st

7.9% 1,282

Cambridge

11th

5.4% 1,206

Central City

54th

11.0% 2,903

Chadron

96th

15.1% 5,704

Chalco

24th

6.6% 11,209

Columbus

40th

9.1% 22,834

Cozad

104th

16.0% 3,872

Creighton

29th

7.6% 1,225

Crete

114th

18.0% 7,079

Dakota City

107th

16.6% 2,053

David City

50th

9.7% 2,834

Fairbury

53rd

10.7% 3,765

Falls City

120th

22.4% 4,185

Fremont

94th

14.5% 26,356

Fullerton

57th

11.0% 1,563

Geneva

52nd

10.2% 2,115

Gering

25th

6.9% 8,377

Gibbon

75th

12.5% 2,171

Gordon

122nd

26.0% 1,686

Gothenburg

41st

9.1% 3,510

Grand Island

95th

15.0% 51,042

Grant

20th

6.4% 1,292

Gretna

15th

5.9% 5,045

Hartington

44th

9.4% 1,701

Hastings

87th

13.8% 24,948

Hebron

59th

11.4% 1,546

Hickman

1st

1.6% 2,079

Holdrege

42nd

9.2% 5,497

Imperial

39th

9.1% 1,836

Kearney

112th

17.7% 33,082

Kimball

80th

12.9% 2,717

La Vista

9th

5.3% 17,062

Lexington

103rd

16.0% 10,097

Lincoln

98th

15.1% 277,315

Madison

99th

15.4% 2,388

McCook

48th

9.6% 7,622

Milford

77th

12.6% 2,358

Minden

79th

12.8% 2,886

Mitchell

106th

16.2% 1,702

Nebraska City

84th

13.6% 7,288

Neligh

115th

18.1% 1,530

Norfolk

116th

18.1% 24,352

North Bend

78th

12.7% 1,300

North Platte

100th

15.7% 24,135

O'Neill

26th

7.0% 3,635

Oakland

110th

17.4% 1,508

Offutt AFB

21st

6.4% 5,142

Ogallala

108th

16.9% 4,573

Omaha

97th

15.1% 463,081

Ord

86th

13.7% 2,367

Papillion

4th

4.2% 19,478

Pender

101st

15.8% 1,189

Pierce

8th

5.0% 1,942

Plainview

73rd

12.4% 1,343

Plattsmouth

49th

9.6% 6,435

Ralston

19th

6.3% 7,348

Ravenna

67th

12.1% 1,516

Schuyler

36th

8.8% 6,229

Scottsbluff

113th

18.0% 14,887

Seward

63rd

11.6% 7,124

Sidney

65th

12.0% 6,830

South Sioux City

118th

21.1% 13,145

Springfield

2nd

3.1% 1,391

St. Paul

93rd

14.4% 2,376

Stanton

12th

5.6% 1,744

Superior

60th

11.5% 1,912

Sutherland

7th

5.0% 1,601

Sutton

35th

8.3% 1,659

Syracuse

32nd

8.0% 2,081

Tecumseh

74th

12.5% 1,588

Tekamah

88th

13.8% 1,767

Terrytown

119th

21.2% 1,253

Valentine

34th

8.2% 2,778

Valley

91st

14.3% 2,007

Wahoo

105th

16.1% 4,491

Wakefield

23rd

6.5% 1,490

Waverly

6th

4.4% 3,743

Wayne

117th

20.9% 5,557

West Point

81st

12.9% 3,324

Wilber

47th

9.6% 1,844

Wood River

45th

9.4% 1,515

Woodland Park

72nd

12.3% 1,738

Wymore

66th

12.0% 1,491

York

69th

12.2% 7,890

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