Northeast Nebraska Demographics

Age Demographics for Nebraska

  • Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Nebraska's population of persons aged 60+ was 342,167 - representing 18.7% of the state's population.
  • Nebraska ranks 12th in the nation when considering the percentage of its population aged 75+ and 11th when considering the percentage aged 85+.
  • According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging's 22 county service area has 46,235 people that were aged 60+, representing 22.3% of the area's population (considerably higher than the Nebraska state average of 18.7%). County specific percentages range from 16.0 and 16.1 percent being aged 60+ in Thurston and Dakota County to 34.0 and 34.1 percent in Keya Paha and Boyd County.
  • By the year 2020, nearly one in four Nebraskans will be over the age of 60. Baby boomers born in 1946 to 1964 have been turning 60 and will continue to do so for the next ten years or so.
  • More than 20 percent of Nebraskans aged 65+ are in the Labor Force - that ranks as the 4th highest percentage among U.S. states.
  • Nearly half of those Nebraskans aged 65+ are in a married couple family (45.8%). A similar 46.3% live alone. As people live longer, the number of men aged 65+ living alone has been increasing (from about 14,000 in 1990 to about 21,000 in 2010), while the number of Nebraska females aged 65+ living alone has declined slightly as more spouses are achieving older ages.
  • More than a third of those aged 65+ in Nebraska have some sort of disability (36.3%). A quarter are civilian veterans (24.4%) and nearly 80% own their own home/place of residence.

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