State population continues slow growth this year

Posted By: Jenn Hatcher

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska‘s population continued to grow steadily this year.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates Tuesday showing that Nebraska‘s population had grown to 1.88 million by July 1 of this year.

The state’s population was roughly 0.7 percent higher than the July 2013 estimate of 1.87 million.

The nationwide population grew at a similar rate to 318.9 million this year, but states in the South and West grew at a more brisk pace above 1 percent.

David Drozd, research coordinator for the University of Nebraska Omaha‘s Center for Public Affairs Research, says the state has now gained population for 27 years in a row.

Based on the 2014 population estimates and various growth assumptions, the Center for Public Affairs Research does not believe Nebraska is in extreme danger of losing a congressional seat in 2020, baring some kind of huge event that would impact figures, they tested five different scenarios.