Most of the fastest growing cities in Nebraska are located
near the state’s biggest cities of Lincoln and Omaha. U.S. Census estimates released Thursday show that the town of Hickman just south of Lincoln had the fastest growth rate between 2010 and 2016 at 29 percent. Nebraska’s population grew 4.4 percent to top 1.9 million last year for the first time.
The next biggest population gain was recorded in the Omaha suburb of Ralston, which grew 23 percent to 7,329. Omaha grew 9% to nearly 447,000, Lincoln 8.5% to 280,000 and Kearney almost 9% to 33,500.
There were no communities in the panhandle among the fastest growing cities and virtually all of them lost population in the last six years. Scottsbluff had only a one percent loss and Gering was minus 1.6%. Bayard had a 6.2% loss but everyone else had less of a decline. Sidney had a slight increase but that is before the Cabela’s