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 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
  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.

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.

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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.

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1. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Population: 443,072
% African American: 12.52%
# Of African American Residents: 55,476
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.93%

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%

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%

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%

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%

6. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Population: 273,018
% African American: 4.15%
# Of African American Residents: 11,317
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.02%

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%

8. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Population: 17,064
% African American: 3.25%
# Of African American Residents: 555
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.56%

9. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Population: 19,520
% African American: 3.11%
# Of African American Residents: 607
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.25%

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%

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

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

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