Lincoln, Nebraska Population 2018

Lincoln is the capital and the second-most populous city in Nebraska behind Omaha. Lincoln was founded as Lancaster in 1856 amid the salt flats and marshes. Lincoln is located in southeastern Nebraska, south of the Platte River.

Lincoln has an estimated population of 273,000, which makes it the 72nd largest city in the United States. The city has a population density of 2,900 people per square mile, or 1,120 per square kilometer. The larger urban area has a population of 285,000, which makes it the 145th largest in the country. The Lincoln metropolitan area includes all of Lancaster County and Seward County. There is very little development outside of the city limits and Lincoln has no contiguous suburbs, with the largest town considered a suburb being Waverly, with a population of 3,300. The Lincoln metropolitan area has a population estimated at 327,000, which makes it the 158th largest metro area in the U.S.

Lincoln Demographics

At the 2010 census, the racial composition of Lincoln was:

  • White: 86.0%
  • African American: 3.8%
  • Asian: 3.8%
  • Native American: 0.8%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Other races: 2.5%
  • Two or more races: 3.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 6.3%

Refugees in Lincoln

Lincoln was designated as a refugee-friendly city by the government in the 1970s because of its size, educational institutions and stable economy. Many refugees have settled in the city, and it was recently named as one of the Top 10 Most Welcoming Cities in America by Welcoming America. The refugee population began increasing in the 1980s in the area, and by the turn of the century, Lincoln had settled nearly 5,500 refugees. Lancaster County is now the 18th largest resettlement area in the country for Asian immigrants and refugees. Nebraska also ranks fifth in refugee resettlement per capita compared to other states of similar population.

Refugees from over 40 countries have settled in the city, which has brought new cultures and religions into the area. Lincoln is now home for Bosnian, Vietnamese, Afghani, Mexican, Russian, Kurdish, Sudanese, Ukrainian, Tajikstan, Chinese and other refugee populations.

In 2011 alone, 738 refugees from 13 countries made their way to Nebraska, but this official figure only includes people who were officially resettled in the state, not those who have moved to the area after being placed somewhere else.

The fastest-growing group of refugees in Lincoln are the Karen, who come from Thailand or Burma to escape ethnic and political war. Close to 1,000 people from Thailand and Burma have arrived in the state since 2000, and there are estimated to be thousands of Karen in the state, with up to 1,500 in Lincoln. You can learn more about refugees in Nebraska here.

Lincoln Population Growth

In 2011, census estimates showed that Nebraska's population grew at a faster rate than the U.S. average for the past two years. Nebraska has been growing at a rate of around 1% since 2008, while the U.S. population posted its smallest growth since 1945 of just 0.84%. Nebraska, and Lincoln in particular, are growing as more people move to the area for jobs, as the state has consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

Most of Nebraska is seeing a declining population, as most growth is concentrated around Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island and Kearney.

Lincoln Facts

  • Lincoln was named the healthiest city in the U.S. in 2008 and 2013 by the CDC.
  • Lincoln was renamed for recently assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Nebraska was once known as the Great American Desert.
  • The 911 emergency system, now used across the country, was first developed and used in Lincoln.
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has the largest weight room in the United States that covers 3/4 of an acre.
  • Elephant Hall, a Lincoln museum, has the world's largest collection of elephant skeletons.
  • In 2014, the American Lung Association ranked the Lincoln-Beatrice area has being among the Cleanest U.S. Cities for Ozone Air Pollution.
  • Arbor Day got its start in Nebraska in 1872, when J. Sterling Morton proposed a holiday to promote planting trees in the state. About 1 million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day, and 45 other states had adopted the holiday by 1920.
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017284,7363,5001.24%
2016281,2363,8491.39%
2015277,3873,3681.23%
2014274,0194,8271.79%
2013269,1923,4281.29%
2012265,7643,2661.24%
2011262,4983,3291.28%
2010259,16933,58814.89%
2000225,58133,60917.51%
1990191,97220,04011.66%
1980171,93222,41414.99%
1970149,51820,99716.34%
1960128,52129,63729.97%
195098,88416,90020.61%
194081,9846,0517.97%
193075,93320,98538.19%
192054,94810,97524.96%
191043,9733,8049.47%
190040,169-14,985-27.17%
189055,15442,151324.16%
188013,0030.00%

Lincoln Population in 2018Source: By Hanyou23 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0) or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White234,285
Asian12,101
Black or African American11,790
Two or More Races8,582
Some Other Race4,234
American Indian and Alaska Native1,811
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander215

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Lincoln Population Pyramid 2018

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Lincoln Median Age

32.3


Total

31.6


Male

33.2


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 220,386 adults in Lincoln.

Lincoln Age Dependency

53.1

Age Dependency Ratio

18.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Lincoln Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.5
Houses Without Mortgage
18,842
Houses With Mortgage
42,886
Vacancy Rate
4.7
Median Rent
750
Median Home Value
150,200
Renter-Occupied Units
47,475
Owner-Occupied Units
61,728
Total Housing Units
114,631

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Lincoln for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.3% and the labor force participation rate is 71.6%.

Lincoln Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.38
Average Family Size
3.02
Total Households
109203
Married Couple Households
47926
Male Householder (no wife) Families
4386
Female Householder (no husband) Families
11155
Non Family Households
45736
Total Families
63467
Households With Own Children
29233
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
6.7
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.4

Lincoln Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
7,189
$10,000 to $14,999
5,956
$15,000 to $24,999
12,013
$25,000 to $34,999
12,210
$35,000 to $49,999
15,916
$50,000 to $74,999
20,968
$75,000 to $99,999
13,300
$100,000 to $149,999
14,121
$150,000 to $199,999
3,958
Over $200,000
3,572

Lincoln Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Lincoln

Nebraska

$51,126

$54,384

$67,465

$71,166

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Lincoln Education Data

Lincoln Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
4,6852.80%
9th to 12th Grade
7,2014.30%
High School Graduate
37,04422.10%
Some College
37,76922.54%
Associates Degree
18,63711.12%
Bachelors Degree
40,12723.94%
Graduate Degree
22,12713.20%