These Are The 10 Nebraska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska have 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 85,911 – 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 2018:

  1. Omaha (Photos)
  2. Lexington (Photos)
  3. Bellevue (Photos)
  4. South Sioux City (Photos)
  5. Wayne (Photos)
  6. Lincoln (Photos)
  7. Schuyler (Photos)
  8. La Vista (Photos)
  9. Papillion (Photos)
  10. Grand Island (Photos)

Omaha took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Nebraska for 2018. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 12.5% 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. Omaha took the distinction of being the most Black, while Sidney was the least African American city.

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.

1. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Population: 443,072
% African American: 12.52%
# Of African American Residents: 55,476
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.93%
More on Omaha: Data | Jobs

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.

2. Lexington

Lexington, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,090
% African American: 10.22%
# Of African American Residents: 1,031
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.56%
More on Lexington: Data | Jobs

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.

3. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 52,993
% African American: 6.27%
# Of African American Residents: 3,323
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.08%
More on Bellevue: Data | Jobs

4. South Sioux City

South Sioux City, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,268
% African American: 6.15%
# Of African American Residents: 816
Percent Change Since 2010: 92.0%
More on South Sioux City: Data | Jobs

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.

5. Wayne

Wayne, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,560
% African American: 4.71%
# Of African American Residents: 262
Percent Change Since 2010: 495.45%
More on Wayne: Data | Jobs

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.

6. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Population: 273,018
% African American: 4.15%
# Of African American Residents: 11,317
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.02%
More on Lincoln: Data | Jobs

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.

7. Schuyler

Schuyler, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,171
% African American: 3.5%
# Of African American Residents: 216
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.61%
More on Schuyler: Data | Jobs

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.

8. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Population: 17,064
% African American: 3.25%
# Of African American Residents: 555
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.56%
More on La Vista: Data | Jobs

La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

9. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Population: 19,520
% African American: 3.11%
# Of African American Residents: 607
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.25%
More on Papillion: Data | Jobs

10. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 50,895
% African American: 2.46%
# Of African American Residents: 1,251
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.81%
More on Grand Island: Data | Jobs

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.

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. Sidney
  2. Holdrege
  3. Nebraska City

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Nebraska

Rank City Population % African American
1 Omaha 443,072 12.52%
2 Lexington 10,090 10.22%
3 Bellevue 52,993 6.27%
4 South Sioux City 13,268 6.15%
5 Wayne 5,560 4.71%
6 Lincoln 273,018 4.15%
7 Schuyler 6,171 3.5%
8 La Vista 17,064 3.25%
9 Papillion 19,520 3.11%
10 Grand Island 50,895 2.46%
11 Plattsmouth 6,476 1.78%
12 Norfolk 24,398 1.54%
13 North Platte 24,311 1.19%
14 Kearney 32,709 1.18%
15 Scottsbluff 14,937 1.16%
16 Blair 8,007 1.1%
17 Ralston 7,334 1.09%
18 Crete 7,089 1.0%
19 Chadron 5,792 0.95%
20 Hastings 24,983 0.94%
21 Beatrice 12,358 0.71%
22 Seward 7,133 0.64%
23 Mccook 7,618 0.63%
24 Fremont 26,450 0.61%
25 Alliance 8,469 0.35%
26 Columbus 22,668 0.31%
27 York 7,899 0.29%
28 Gering 8,401 0.29%
29 Nebraska City 7,303 0.26%
30 Holdrege 5,545 0.07%
31 Sidney 6,875 0.06%

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