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Old 03-24-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Raw Numbers
Grand Island 71,596 from 70,400
Kearney 52,274 from 51,692
Hastings 39,529 from 39,419
Total 163,399 from 161,511

Growth in one year
Grand Island +1,196
Kearney +618
Hastings +110
Total +1,924

Percentage Growth in last year
Grand Island 1.7%
Kearney +1.2%
Hastings +0.2%
Total +1.2%

Summary of data

US versus Tri-cities Region
The United States as a whole grows an average of 0.8% a year, which means the Tri-Cities region is growing 50% quicker than the average US region.

Previous Growth versus Current Growth
Grand Island
The last two years the Grand Island micropolitan area (soon to be metropolitan area) has grown 'more' than a thousand per year. With a growth rate of twice the US average, it is currently leading the growth of the region right now. Before the last two years, GI was growing by 300-600 per year. This growth appears to be poised for at least a while as there have been some very pleasing announcements of various high-paying jobs. One last point to note, it was within a year of the state fair move announcement that we started to see this accelerated growth.
Kearney
Kearney is not growing as fast as GI the last couple of years, but overall this city tends to experience the most growth of the region per capita. Roughly 300-600 per year growth for Kearney and this year is on the high end at 618.
Hastings
Hastings has always been the poor stepchild of the three when it comes to growing. But none of the less, the Hastings micropolitan area grows just above half of the average US growth rate. While Kearney and GI tend to get all of the new jobs, facilities and growth; Hastings silently continues to grow and eventually something big will happen for this community. On a last note, I can see a combined metro area very soon for Hastings and GI. The reason is the city of Hastings and GI are very close and with the continued job expansions in GI occuring, there are going to be Hastings residents traveling to GI for work. This is not an uncommon occurance around the country, and for this reason the US dept of the census creates definitions of what counties a metropolitan area can comprise of.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:32 AM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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Again, these figures have a huge economic and life style impact on the small towns, in central NE.

IMO, the rural culture has got to incorporate the idea that it is connected to these micro-cities.

In Lincoln, I drove (every morning) to work at East High from my home around Southeast High: a distance of about 13 to 14 miles. Out here, at first, I thought it was punishing that I HAD to drive 15 miles to work...until, duh--I figured it out.

Then, I'm often asked, "What in the world do you do out there?" The answer is, of course, "The same thing that you do--I get up, go to work, come home for a glass of wine, good book, DVD, 5:30 news, relax by the fire..............That is what you do, isn't it?

My point is that, for the state to thrive, residents need to open up to living in one area and, tapping into the next, for opportunities. Perhaps that means modifying economically. And, maybe, growing culturally..........ah-h-h, welcome to the 21st century.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:40 AM
 
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Again, these figures have a huge economic and life style impact on the small towns, in central NE.

IMO, the rural culture has got to incorporate the idea that it is connected to these micro-cities.

In Lincoln, I drove (every morning) to work at East High from my home around Southeast High: a distance of about 13 to 14 miles. Out here, at first, I thought it was punishing that I HAD to drive 15 miles to work...until, duh--I figured it out.

Then, I'm often asked, "What in the world do you do out there?" The answer is, of course, "The same thing that you do--I get up, go to work, come home for a glass of wine, good book, DVD, 5:30 news, relax by the fire..............That is what you do, isn't it?

My point is that, for the state to thrive, residents need to open up to living in one area and, tapping into the next, for opportunities. Perhaps that means modifying economically. And, maybe, growing culturally..........ah-h-h, welcome to the 21st century.
Some people live in cities where it takes an hour or two to drive one way. In rural driving terms, that is like driving from the Kansas-Nebraska border to work in Kearney, Hastings or GI. Or from Sandhill country to these same three cities.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: West Omaha
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I agree Honors. In terms of driving time, a commute from Hastings and GI or even Kearney would be less than is often observed in larger cities.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Raw Numbers
Grand Island 71,596 from 70,400
Kearney 52,274 from 51,692
Hastings 39,529 from 39,419
Total 163,399 from 161,511


When did this happen? Not that I'm doubting it because I know this area is growing, but when I left in '05 Kearney was ~30,000 and GI ~45,000. (At least that's what the signs said.)
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
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Those are likely MSA numbers rather than city-specific numbers.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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From what I hear Hastings has a thriving downtown. And ofcourse, Grand Island's airport also has rather cheap flights to Vegas and I think Orlando and LA are coming soon, so that must help. And Kearney with UNK has always been good.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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When did this happen? Not that I'm doubting it because I know this area is growing, but when I left in '05 Kearney was ~30,000 and GI ~45,000. (At least that's what the signs said.)
You're looking at city limit populations which are the 'urban core' of metropoltian areas.

Like Omaha is a city of 438,000 people with an immediately metropolitan area of 849,000 and 1,200,000 when Lincoln is finally included.
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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Go Grand Island!
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: IN
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That area has a lot of water mining going on, though. Also, GI has extremely young demographics and an outflow of younger people to larger cities. This is happening everywhere, though.
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