Dawes County, NE

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Population

8,972

1.21% decline

Median Age

34


Median Household Income

$46,146

8.11% growth

Poverty Rate

14.3%


Number of Employees

4,590

1.94% decline

Median Property Value

$107,500

3.17% growth

About

In 2017, Dawes County, NE had a population of 8.97k people with a median age of 34 and a median household income of $46,146. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Dawes County, NE declined from 9,082 to 8,972, a -1.21% decrease and its median household income grew from $42,685 to $46,146, a 8.11% increase.

The population of Dawes County, NE is 85.3% White Alone, 4.79% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.88% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Dawes County, NE speak a non-English language, and 97.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dawes County, NE are Chadron State College (559 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Dawes County, NE is $107,500, and the homeownership rate is 62.5%. Most people in Dawes County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 12.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Dawes County, NE is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Dawes County, NE employs 4.59k people. The largest industries in Dawes County, NE are Educational Services (1,042 people), Retail Trade (609 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (590 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($68,750), Manufacturing ($64,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,268).

Median household income in Dawes County, NE is $46,146. Males in Dawes County, NE have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,865. The income inequality in Dawes County, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.446, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,146

2017 value

± $8,364

8.11%

1 Year Growth

± 20%

Households in Dawes County, NE have a median annual income of $46,146, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $42,685 in 2016, which represents a 8.11% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,849

Average Male Salary

± $2,084

$42,865

Average Female Salary

± $1,555

In 2017, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.37 times more than female 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

    $46,766 ± $9,518

  2. White

    $44,931 ± $1,266

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

    $34,147 ± $19,585

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.446

2017 Wage GINI

0.447

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.446 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.189% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 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 9507

  2. Census Tract 9506

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dawes County, NE was Census Tract 9507 with a value of $48,372, followed by Census Tract 9506 and N/A, with respective values of $45,104 and N/A.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Dawes County, 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

14.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dawes County, NE (1.13k out of 7.88k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. 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

    923 ± 205

  2. Native American

    154 ± 113

  3. Hispanic

    55 ± 100

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dawes County, NE is White, followed by Native American and Hispanic.

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

4.59k

2017 Value

± 458

-1.94%

1 Year decline

± 14.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dawes County, NE declined at a rate of -1.94%, from 4.68k employees to 4.59k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dawes County, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (565 people), Management Occupations (497 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (478 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dawes County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dawes County, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (565 people), Management Occupations (497 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (478 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dawes County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (6.26 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.76 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.72 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dawes County, NE, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($180,565), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($93,430), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($52,188).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.59k

2017 Value

± 458

-1.94%

1 Year decline

± 14.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dawes County, NE declined at a rate of -1.94%, from 4.68k employees to 4.59k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dawes County, NE, are Educational Services (1,042 people), Retail Trade (609 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (590 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dawes County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Dawes County, 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 Dawes County, NE, by number of employees, are Educational Services (1,042 people), Retail Trade (609 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (590 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dawes County, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.1 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.54 times), and Educational Services (2.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dawes County, NE, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($68,750), Manufacturing ($64,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,268).

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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. $24.1B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $11.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.1B, followed by Meat/seafood ($20.7B) and Live animals/fish ($11.6B).

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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$149B

2015 Value

$229B

Projected 2045 Value

53.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Nebraska trade was $149B. This is expected to increase 53.9% 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. $12.4B

  2. $9.12B

  3. $8.39B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $12.4B, followed by Kansas with $9.12B and California and $8.39B.

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

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Health

87.4% of the population of Dawes County, NE has health coverage, with 42.6% on employee plans, 5.53% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 26.6% on non-group plans, and 1.91% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Dawes County, NE see 1509 patients per year on average, which represents a 16.8% increase from the previous year (1292 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1122 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 561 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

1,509 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Dawes County, NE see an average of 1,509 patients per year. This represents a 16.8% increase from the previous year (1,292 patients).

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

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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%).

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Access and Quality

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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%).

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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

12.6%

Uninsured

42.6%

Employer Coverage

5.53%

Medicaid

10.8%

Medicare

26.6%

Non-Group

1.91%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dawes County, NE declined by 9.5% from 13.9% to 12.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dawes County, 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

Dawes County, NE is home to a population of 8.97k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.27% of Dawes County, NE residents were born outside of the country (293 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Dawes County, NE is composed of 7.65k White Alone residents (85.3%), 430 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.79%), 258 Two or More Races residents (2.88%), 247 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.75%), 195 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (2.17%), 85 Asian Alone residents (0.947%), 83 Black or African American Alone residents (0.925%), and 24 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.267%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Dawes County, NE are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.7

25

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Dawes County, NE was 34. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 25. But people in Dawes County, NE are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Dawes County, NE residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

293 people

3.42%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

311 people

As of 2017, 3.27% of Dawes County, NE residents (293 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 Dawes County, NE was 3.42%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    47,787 ± 5,299 people

  2. Guatemala

    8,331 ± 2,236 people

  3. Vietnam

    6,596 ± 1,990 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 47,787 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,331 and Vietnam with 6,596.

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Citizenship

97.2%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.2% of Dawes County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Dawes County, NE was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    7.65k ± 28

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    430 ± 128

  3. Two or More Races

    258 ± 135

In 2017, there were 17.8 times more White Alone residents (7.65k people) in Dawes County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 430 Hispanic or Latino and 258 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Dawes County, NE citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Dawes County, NE was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Dawes County, NE are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    219 ± 73

  2. World War II

    97 ± 69

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    88 ± 61

Dawes County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Dawes County, NE awarded 559 degrees. The student population of Dawes County, NE is skewed towards women, with 1,222 male students and 1,755 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dawes County, NE are White (454 and 82.4%), followed by Unknown (35 and 6.35%), Hispanic or Latino (28 and 5.08%), and Black or African American (15 and 2.72%).

The largest universities in Dawes County, NE by number of degrees awarded are Chadron State College (559 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Dawes County, NE are General Business Administration & Management (159 and 28.4%), Elementary Education & Teaching (43 and 7.69%), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (32 and 5.72%).

The median tuition costs in Dawes County, NE are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,480 and $4,508 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Dawes County, NE was General Business Administration & Management with 101 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

559 degrees awarded

$4,480

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Dawes County, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was Chadron State College with 559 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

219

Degrees Awarded to Men

340

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 219 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dawes County, NE, which is 0.644 times less than the 340 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    454 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    35 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    28 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Dawes County, NE were to White students. These 454 degrees mean that there were 13 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 35 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dawes County, NE was $107,500 in 2017, which is 0.494 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $104,200 to $107,500, a 3.17% increase. The homeownership rate in Dawes County, NE is 62.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dawes County, NE have an average commute time of 12.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dawes County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$46,146

Median Household Income

± $8,364

3.56k

Number of Households

± 388

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.56k households in Dawes County, NE grew to $46,146 from the previous year's value of $42,685.

The following chart displays the households in Dawes County, 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$107,500

2017 Median

± $11,233

$104,200

2016 Median

± $13,460

In 2017, the median property value in Dawes County, NE grew to to $107,500 from the previous year's value of $104,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dawes County, 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 Dawes County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dawes County, NE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dawes County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

62.5%

2017 Homeownership

61.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.5% of the housing units in Dawes County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.7%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Dawes County, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dawes County, NE have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

12.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dawes County, NE have a shorter commute time (12.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.661% of the workforce in Dawes County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.7%

  2. Walked

    14.4%

  3. Carpooled

    8.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Dawes County, NE was Drove Alone (71.7%), followed by those who Walked (14.4%) and those who Carpooled (8.36%).

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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