These Are The 10 Nebraska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2019. This is our second 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 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 2019:

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

Omaha took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Nebraska for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 12.1% 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 Holdrege 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.

Omaha, NE

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Population: 463,081
% African American: 12.13%
# Of African American Residents: 56,188
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.28%
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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.

Lexington, NE

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Population: 10,097
% African American: 10.44%
# Of African American Residents: 1,054
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.27%
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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.

South Sioux City, NE

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Population: 13,145
% African American: 6.47%
# Of African American Residents: 851
Percent Change Since 2010: 100.24%
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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: 53,040
% African American: 6.39%
# Of African American Residents: 3,391
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.2%
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Lincoln, NE

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Population: 277,315
% African American: 4.26%
# Of African American Residents: 11,805
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.41%
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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.

Schuyler, NE

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Population: 6,229
% African American: 4.13%
# Of African American Residents: 257
Percent Change Since 2010: 108.94%
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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.

Wayne, NE

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Population: 5,557
% African American: 3.53%
# Of African American Residents: 196
Percent Change Since 2010: 345.45%
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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.

Papillion, NE

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Population: 19,478
% African American: 3.46%
# Of African American Residents: 674
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.61%
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La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,062
% African American: 2.7%
# Of African American Residents: 460
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.37%
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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.

Grand Island, NE

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Population: 51,042
% African American: 2.61%
# Of African American Residents: 1,330
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.32%
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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. Holdrege
  2. Gering
  3. Mccook

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Nebraska

Rank City % African American Population
1 Omaha 12.13% 463,081
2 Lexington 10.44% 10,097
3 South Sioux City 6.47% 13,145
4 Bellevue 6.39% 53,040
5 Lincoln 4.26% 277,315
6 Schuyler 4.13% 6,229
7 Wayne 3.53% 5,557
8 Papillion 3.46% 19,478
9 La Vista 2.7% 17,062
10 Grand Island 2.61% 51,042
11 Norfolk 1.82% 24,352
12 Blair 1.56% 8,011
13 Kearney 1.54% 33,082
14 Chadron 1.31% 5,704
15 Ralston 1.31% 7,348
16 North Platte 1.28% 24,135
17 Scottsbluff 1.07% 14,887
18 Beatrice 1.05% 12,309
19 Fremont 0.97% 26,356
20 Alliance 0.8% 8,392
21 Seward 0.76% 7,124
22 Hastings 0.68% 24,948
23 Plattsmouth 0.57% 6,435
24 York 0.57% 7,890
25 Crete 0.47% 7,079
26 Columbus 0.42% 22,834
27 Nebraska City 0.41% 7,288
28 Sidney 0.32% 6,830
29 Mccook 0.31% 7,622
30 Gering 0.29% 8,377
31 Holdrege 0.05% 5,497

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