Nebraska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Nebraska with the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Nebraska is 88,442 – at 4.6% of the total population of Nebraska.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Nebraska? Which cities and towns in Nebraska have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Nebraska with the largest African American population in 2020:

  1. Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Omaha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. South Sioux City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ralston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Schuyler (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Wayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Grand Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Nebraska? Lexington took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Nebraska for 2020. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Nebraska ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Nebraska or the most diverse places in Nebraska.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Nebraska For 2020

Lexington, NE

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Population: 10,067
% African American: 12.99%
# Of African American Residents: 1,308
Percent Change Since 2010: 111.31%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lexington is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 10,230 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawson County. Lexington is located in southern Nebraska, on the Platte River, southeast of North Platte. It sits along the route of U.S. Route 30 and the Union Pacific Railroad. In the 1860s it was the location of a stop along the Pony Express.

Omaha, NE

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7
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Population: 465,112
% African American: 12.17%
# Of African American Residents: 56,589
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.04%
More on Omaha: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Omaha 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 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 radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

South Sioux City, NE

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Population: 12,994
% African American: 6.69%
# Of African American Residents: 869
Percent Change Since 2010: 104.47%
More on South Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Sioux City is a city in Dakota County, Nebraska, United States. It is located immediately across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa, and is part of the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,353, making it the 14th largest city in Nebraska.

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,225
% African American: 6.08%
# Of African American Residents: 3,238
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.43%
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Ralston, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 7,314
% African American: 5.24%
# Of African American Residents: 383
Percent Change Since 2010: 221.85%
More on Ralston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Schuyler, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 6,301
% African American: 4.82%
# Of African American Residents: 304
Percent Change Since 2010: 147.15%
More on Schuyler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 is named after former Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax.

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 280,849
% African American: 4.26%
# Of African American Residents: 11,976
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.3%
More on Lincoln: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles 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.

Papillion, NE

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9.5
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Population: 20,466
% African American: 3.61%
# Of African American Residents: 738
Percent Change Since 2010: 91.19%
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Wayne, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 5,558
% African American: 2.99%
# Of African American Residents: 166
Percent Change Since 2010: 277.27%
More on Wayne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wayne is a city in Wayne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,660 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wayne County and the home of Wayne State College.

Grand Island, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 51,187
% African American: 2.9%
# Of African American Residents: 1,483
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.81%
More on Grand Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska With The Largest Black Population For 2020

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Nebraska.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2014-2018 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 13.0% to 0.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Lexington took the distinction of being the most Black, while Holdrege was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Nebraska ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Nebraska

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Nebraska according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Nebraska:

  1. Holdrege
  2. Sidney
  3. Mccook

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Nebraska

Rank City % African American Population
1 Lexington 12.99% 10,067
2 Omaha 12.17% 465,112
3 South Sioux City 6.69% 12,994
4 Bellevue 6.08% 53,225
5 Ralston 5.24% 7,314
6 Schuyler 4.82% 6,301
7 Lincoln 4.26% 280,849
8 Papillion 3.61% 20,466
9 Wayne 2.99% 5,558
10 Grand Island 2.9% 51,187
11 Chadron 2.41% 5,654
12 La Vista 2.1% 17,077
13 Norfolk 1.87% 24,446
14 North Platte 1.64% 24,011
15 Kearney 1.33% 33,273
16 Beatrice 1.26% 12,307
17 Crete 0.99% 7,050
18 Fremont 0.95% 26,426
19 Blair 0.94% 7,684
20 Plattsmouth 0.92% 6,448
21 Scottsbluff 0.85% 14,805
22 York 0.79% 7,859
23 Nebraska City 0.77% 7,263
24 Seward 0.73% 7,151
25 Gering 0.65% 8,312
26 Hastings 0.63% 24,922
27 Alliance 0.51% 8,313
28 Columbus 0.37% 22,992
29 Mccook 0.3% 7,580
30 Sidney 0.13% 6,732
31 Holdrege 0.05% 5,476

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