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Census data shows North Bend's population relatively steady

by Nathan Arneal
Published 3/30/11

According to the 2010 census data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, North Bend lost 36 residents over the past decade.

North Bend 2010 Census DataNBcensus

North Bend’s official population according the census stands at 1,177. This marks the third straight decade that the town has lost population since a high count of 1,368 in 1980. However, the town’s population has remained relatively steady since 1900, when it claimed 1,010 residents.

Morse Bluff had 135 residents, up one person from the 2000 census.

The 2010 census recorded Nebraska’s population as 1,826,341, which ranks 38th among the 50 states, the same position it held after the 2000 census.

Only 24 of Nebraska’s 93 counties reported population growth in the last decade. That number includes Dodge and Saunders counties.

Dodge County reported a population of 36,691, the seventh most populous county in the state. Saunders County checked in at 20,780 people, good for the 16th largest county in the state. Neither county saw its population rankings change since the 2000 count.

Data for Nebraska show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Omaha, 408,958; Lincoln, 258,379; Bellevue, 50,137; Grand Island, 48,520; and Kearney, 30,787. Omaha grew by 4.9 percent since the 2000 Census. Lincoln grew by 14.5 percent, Bellevue grew by 13.0 percent, Grand Island grew by 13.0 percent, and Kearney grew by 12.2 percent.

Fremont’s population of 26,397 makes it the sixth largest city in Nebraska.
Every state in the union gained population since the 2000 census except for one, Michigan.

Regionally, the warm weather states gained the most population over the last decade, with the South growing by 14.3 percent and the West gaining 13.8 percent. Meanwhile, the population in the Midwest grew only 3.9 percent and the Northeast grew by 3.2 percent.

The population of the entire United States was counted at 308,745,538, an increase of 27.3 million people since 2000.

More than half of the growth in the total U.S. population between 2000 and 2010 was because of the increase in the Hispanic population. Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, rising from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010. The rise in the Hispanic population accounted for more than half of the 27.3 million increase in the total U.S. population. By 2010, Hispanics comprised 16 percent of the total U.S. population of 308.7 million.

The non-Hispanic population grew relatively slower over the decade at about 5 percent. Within the non-Hispanic population, the number of people who reported their race as white alone grew even slower (1 percent). While the non-Hispanic white alone population increased numerically from 194.6 million to 196.8 million over the 10-year period, its proportion of the total population declined from 69 percent to 64 percent.

The Asian alone population grew faster than any other major race group between 2000 and 2010, increasing by 43 percent.

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