Lincoln, NE

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Population

287,399

0.936% growth

Poverty Rate

15.1%


Median Age

32.9


Median Household Income

$55,388

1.37% decline

Number of Employees

160,800

3.62% growth

Median Property Value

$173,600

1.34% growth

About

In 2018, Lincoln, NE had a population of 287k people with a median age of 32.9 and a median household income of $55,388. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Lincoln, NE grew from 284,734 to 287,399, a 0.936% increase and its median household income declined from $56,160 to $55,388, a -1.37% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lincoln, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.1%), White (Hispanic) (5.27%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.35%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.25%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (4%). N/A% of the people in Lincoln, NE speak a non-English language, and 95.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lincoln, NE are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (5,641 degrees awarded in 2017), Southeast Community College Area (1,600 degrees), and Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies (567 degrees).

The median property value in Lincoln, NE is $173,600, and the homeownership rate is 57.1%. Most people in Lincoln, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18 minutes. The average car ownership in Lincoln, NE is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Nebraska (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Lincoln, NE employs 161k people. The largest industries in Lincoln, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,252 people), Educational Services (20,357 people), and Retail Trade (16,822 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($82,064), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,289), and Wholesale Trade ($52,396).

Median household income in Lincoln, NE is $55,388. Males in Lincoln, NE have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,776. The income inequality in Lincoln, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.441, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,388

2018 value

± $2,234

-1.37%

1 Year Growth

± 6.51%

Households in Lincoln, NE have a median annual income of $55,388, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,160 in 2017, which represents a -1.37% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,738

Average Male Salary

± $2,213

$45,776

Average Female Salary

± $1,637

In 2018, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Nebraska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $53,447 ± $12,708

  2. White

    $47,839 ± $1,363

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $42,321 ± $18,251

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Nebraska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lincoln, NE is from Nebraska.

0.441

2018 Wage GINI

0.439

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.441 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.442% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Nebraska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 37.20

  2. Census Tract 37.13

  3. Census Tract 37.18

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lincoln, NE was Census Tract 37.20 with a value of $126,712, followed by Census Tract 37.13 and Census Tract 37.18, with respective values of $124,000 and $122,375.

The following map shows all of the places in Lincoln, NE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lincoln, NE (40k out of 264k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    29,487 ± 1,178

  2. Hispanic

    5,073 ± 496

  3. Black

    3,752 ± 404

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lincoln, NE is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

161k

2018 Value

± 6,075

3.62%

1 Year growth

± 5.33%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lincoln, NE grew at a rate of 3.62%, from 155k employees to 161k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lincoln, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,275 people), Management Occupations (15,428 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (13,605 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lincoln, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lincoln, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,275 people), Management Occupations (15,428 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (13,605 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lincoln, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.62 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.5 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lincoln, NE, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($68,051), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($65,575), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($59,720).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

161k

2018 Value

± 6,075

3.62%

1 Year growth

± 5.33%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lincoln, NE grew at a rate of 3.62%, from 155k employees to 161k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lincoln, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,252 people), Educational Services (20,357 people), and Retail Trade (16,822 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lincoln, NE, though some of these residents may live in Lincoln, NE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lincoln, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,252 people), Educational Services (20,357 people), and Retail Trade (16,822 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lincoln, NE has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.38 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.38 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.33 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lincoln, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($82,064), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,289), and Wholesale Trade ($52,396).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.4B

  2. $22.4B

  3. $12.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.4B, followed by Meat/seafood ($22.4B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($12.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Nebraska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$162B

2020 Value

$229B

Projected 2045 Value

41.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Nebraska trade was $162B. This is expected to increase 41.8% to $229B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Nebraska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.3B

  2. $10B

  3. $9.14B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $13.3B, followed by Kansas with $10B and California and $9.14B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Nebraska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.6% of the population of Lincoln, NE has health coverage, with 59.4% on employee plans, 9.58% on Medicaid, 9.47% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.42% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Lincoln, NE was $8,412 in 2014. This is a 3.43% increase from the previous year ($8,133).

Primary care physicians in Lincoln, NE see 1425 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.96% increase from the previous year (1384 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1102 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 295 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.5%). Additionally, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,425 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lancaster County, NE see an average of 1,425 patients per year. This represents a 2.96% increase from the previous year (1,384 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lancaster County, NE in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,412

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,536

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,964

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,956

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Nebraska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.43%, from $8,133 to $8,412.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.45%

Uninsured

59.4%

Employer Coverage

9.58%

Medicaid

9.47%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

1.42%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lincoln, NE declined by 11.2% from 8.39% to 7.45%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lincoln, NE changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.5% prevalence

  2. 14.8% prevalence

  3. 13.5% prevalence

Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska, at 16.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lincoln, NE is home to a population of 287k people, from which 95.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.23% of Lincoln, NE residents were born outside of the country (23.4k people).

In 2018, there were 15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (227k people) in Lincoln, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.1k White (Hispanic) and 12.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Lincoln, NE was 32.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Lincoln, NE are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Lincoln, NE residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.23%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

23.4k people

7.93%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

22.2k people

As of 2017, 8.23% of Lincoln, NE residents (23.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lincoln, NE was 7.93%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    47,082 ± 5,262 people

  2. Guatemala

    10,155 ± 2,468 people

  3. India

    7,129 ± 2,069 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 47,082 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 10,155 and India with 7,129.

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Citizenship

95.4%

2018 Citizenship

96.2%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.4% of Lincoln, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Lincoln, NE was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lincoln, NE

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    227k ± 615

  2. White (Hispanic)

    15.1k ± 2.21k

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    12.5k ± 1.28k

In 2018, there were 15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (227k people) in Lincoln, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.1k White (Hispanic) and 12.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Lincoln, NE as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,390 ± 732

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,870 ± 786

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,377 ± 683

Lincoln, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Lincoln, NE awarded 9,145 degrees. The student population of Lincoln, NE is skewed towards women, with 19,768 male students and 21,689 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lincoln, NE are White (7,306 and 85%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (438 and 5.1%), Black or African American (223 and 2.59%), and Unknown (207 and 2.41%).

The largest universities in Lincoln, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (5,641 and 61.7%), Southeast Community College Area (1,600 and 17.5%), and Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies (567 and 6.2%).

The most popular majors in Lincoln, NE are General Business Administration & Management (678 and 7.41%), Registered Nursing (367 and 4.01%), and General Psychology (276 and 3.02%).

The median tuition costs in Lincoln, NE are $18,190 for private four year colleges, and $7,125 and $22,425 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 342 degrees awarded

  2. 254 degrees awarded

  3. 253 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lincoln, NE was General Business Administration & Management with 342 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lincoln, NE according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,641 degrees awarded

  2. 1,600 degrees awarded

  3. 567 degrees awarded

$7,125

Median In-State Public

$18,190

Median Private

In 2017, the Lincoln, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 5,641 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,198

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,947

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 4,198 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lincoln, NE, which is 0.849 times less than the 4,947 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Lincoln, NE by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,306 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    438 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    223 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lincoln, NE were to White students. These 7,306 degrees mean that there were 16.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 438 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lincoln, NE was $173,600 in 2018, which is 0.756 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $171,300 to $173,600, a 1.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Lincoln, NE is 57.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lincoln, NE have an average commute time of 18 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lincoln, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$173,600

2018 Median

± $3,732

$171,300

2017 Median

± $4,348

In 2018, the median property value in Lincoln, NE grew to to $173,600 from the previous year's value of $171,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lincoln, NE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lincoln, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$55,388

Median Household Income

± $2,234

115k

Number of Households

± 4,929

In 2018, the median household income of the 115k households in Lincoln, NE declined from $55,388 from the previous year's value of $56,160.

The following chart displays the households in Lincoln, NE distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lincoln, NE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lincoln, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

57.1%

2018 Homeownership

58.8%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 57.1% of the housing units in Lincoln, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 58.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lincoln, NE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lincoln, NE have a shorter commute time (18 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.35% of the workforce in Lincoln, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.44%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.37%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Lincoln, NE was Drove Alone (80.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.44%) and those who Worked At Home (4.37%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lincoln, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lincoln, NE have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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