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Old 04-06-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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These are metropolitan numbers, not city limits. The numerical gains noted are less than it has been for the latter half of the 2000s, but so is all metros of the US. It appears the numbers around the nation were low-shotted this year. I noticed this occurance in the census estimates from 2001 through 2004 as well before the numbers began to flare up for the nation (appears to be an estimates calculation issue).

Omaha - 868,097 - 877,110 +09,013 +1.0%
Lincoln - 302,954 - 306,503 +03,549 +1.2% __________________________________________________
Total - 1,171,051 - 1,183,613 +12,562 +1.1%

Omaha moved up to 58th from 59th.
Lincoln moved up to 154th from 155th.

And since there is less than 25 miles of empty space between the two and closing up:
Combined for 47th largest size.

Numerical gain rankings:
Omaha had the 45th largest gain despite it's 58th in size.
Lincoln had the 98th largest gain despite it's 154th in size.
combined had the 39th largest gain despite the 47th ranking in size.

Pretty impressive!

NOTE: The US census consistently under-estimates these Nebraska cities compared to the national average. If this trend continues this decade these numbers still do not give this area justice.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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I expect Dodge County to be added to the Omaha metro in 2013. That will put the metro over 900K.

Also Nebraska should be getting a 3rd metro area soon. Grand Island city proper passed 50K this year moving it out of micropolitan range to metro range.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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I expect Dodge County to be added to the Omaha metro in 2013. That will put the metro over 900K.

Also Nebraska should be getting a 3rd metro area soon. Grand Island city proper passed 50K this year moving it out of micropolitan range to metro range.
Fremont will be added to the Omaha MSA in 2013 which will put the metro somewhere between 920,000 to 925,000 (including the another year of growth) at that time. There may very well be another county added, but I only count on Dodge County. The commuter percentage from Dodge county to the Omaha MSA is well above the 25% threshold (was 31% in 2008).

It is quite possible to see one or two counties added to the Lincoln MSA. I haven't seen the traffic counts since the 2000 numbers but Saline and Johnson counties were not far off from the 25% threshold.

Grand Island has met the 2003 criteria for a metropolitan area. An urban area of over 50,000 (even if the city is under this number) is the threshold. Grand Island is also growing at a pretty impressive growth rate lately too.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:33 PM
 
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Here is the data for Nebraska from the 2010 Census update. I calculated the statistical percentages.
Dodge county has a good possiblity of being added as a metropolitan county for the Omaha/Council Bluffs MSA. It is currently a micropolitan county that does include the city of Fremont with a population density of 69.4 people per square mile

Nebraska:
Average population density for rural counties: 8.1
Metropolitan % of total population: 58.6%
The rural counties:
Sioux County: population density 0.6 people per square mile
Kimball County: population density 4.0 people per square mile
Dawes County: population density 6.6 people per square mile
Box Butte County: population density 10.5 people per square mile
Morrill County: population density 3.5 people per square mile
Cheyenne County: population density 8.4 people per square mile
Sheridan County: population density 2.2 people per square mile
Garden County: population density 1.2 people per square mile
Deuel County: population density 4.4 people per square mile
Cherry County: population density 1.0 people per square mile
Grant County: population density 0.8 people per square mile
Hooker County: population density 1.0 people per square mile
Thomas County: population density 0.9 people per square mile
Arthur County: population density 0.6 people per square mile
Keith County: population density 7.9 people per square mile
Perkins County: population density 3.4 people per square mile
Chase County: population density 4.4 people per square mile
Dundy County: population density 2.2 people per square mile
Hayes County: population density 1.4 people per square mile
Hitchcock County: population density 4.1 people per square mile
Frontier County: population density 2.8 people per square mile
Red Willow County: population density 15.4 people per square mile
Keya Paha County: population density 1.1 people per square mile
Brown County: population density 2.6 people per square mile
Rock County: population density 1.5 people per square mile
Blaine County: population density 0.7 people per square mile
Loup County: population density 1.1 people per square mile
Custer County: population density 4.2 people per square mile
Furnas County: population density 6.9 people per square mile
Phelps County: population density 17.0 people per square mile
Harlan County: population density 6.2 people per square mile
Boyd County: population density 3.9 people per square mile
Holt County: population density 4.3 people per square mile
Garfield County: population density 3.6 people per square mile
Wheeler County: population density 1.4 people per square mile
Valley County: population density 7.5 people per square mile
Greeley County: population density 4.5 people per square mile
Sherman County: population density 5.6 people per square mile
Franklin County: population density 5.6 people per square mile
Webster County: population density 6.6 people per square mile
Knox County: population density 7.9 people per square mile
Cedar County: population density 12.0 people per square mile
Antelope County: population density 7.8 people per square mile
Wayne County: population density 21.7 people per square mile
Thurston County: population density 17.6 people per square mile
Cuming County: population density 16.0 people per square mile
Burt County: population density 14.0 people per square mile
Boone County: population density 8.0 people per square mile
Nance County: population density 8.5 people per square mile
Colfax County: population density 25.5 people per square mile
Polk County: population density 12.3 people per square mile
Butler County: population density 14.4 people per square mile
Hamilton County: population density 16.8 people per square mile
York County: population density 23.9 people per square mile
Fillmore County: population density 10.2 people per square mile
Saline County: population density 24.7 people per square mile
Johnson County: population density 13.9 people per square mile
Otoe County: population density 25.6 people per square mile
Nemaha County: population density 17.8 people per square mile
Nuckolls County: population density 7.8 people per square mile
Thayer County: population density 9.1 people per square mile
Jefferson County: population density 13.2 people per square mile
Pawnee County: population density 6.4 people per square mile
Richardson County: population density 15.2 people per square mile
Percentage of the total population living in rural counties: 19.1%
Percentage of the total population living in metropolitan or micropolitan counties: 80.9%
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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Nice breakdown Granitestater.

Interesting to note how the numerical growth of both Omaha and Lincoln MSAs usually end up higher than the total numerical growth for the state.
The picture for the rural areas get even uglier when you remove the decently growing tri-cities from the rest of the state.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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So the 5 people I am related to in Sherman almost account for a mile of the county, nice.

My family in Blaine account for even more, helps to own a huge ranch in the county I suppose.

Thanks for the breakdown!
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