Dawson County, NE

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Population

23,925

0.00418% growth

Poverty Rate

13.7%


Median Age

35.8


Median Household Income

$51,238

2.59% growth

Number of Employees

12,196

0.7% decline

Median Property Value

$101,000

5.65% growth

About

In 2017, Dawson County, NE had a population of 23.9k people with a median age of 35.8 and a median household income of $51,238. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Dawson County, NE grew from 23,924 to 23,925, a 0.00418% increase and its median household income grew from $49,943 to $51,238, a 2.59% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dawson County, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (60%), White (Hispanic) (29.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.68%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (2.14%), and Two or More Races (Hispanic) (0.844%). N/A% of the people in Dawson County, NE speak a non-English language, and 90.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Dawson County, NE is $101,000, and the homeownership rate is 66.8%. Most people in Dawson County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Dawson County, NE is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Dawson County, NE employs 12.2k people. The largest industries in Dawson County, NE are Manufacturing (2,855 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,342 people), and Retail Trade (1,313 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($51,509), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,915), and Transportation & Warehousing ($49,219).

Median household income in Dawson County, NE is $51,238. Males in Dawson 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 Dawson County, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.446, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,238

2017 value

± $1,644

2.59%

1 Year Growth

± 5.5%

Households in Dawson County, NE have a median annual income of $51,238, 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 $49,943 in 2016, which represents a 2.59% 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 Dawson 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9686

  2. Census Tract 9680

  3. Census Tract 9681

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dawson County, NE was Census Tract 9686 with a value of $67,534, followed by Census Tract 9680 and Census Tract 9681, with respective values of $60,668 and $58,958.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Dawson 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

13.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dawson County, NE (3.21k out of 23.5k 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 Females 6 - 11 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

    2,768 ± 318

  2. Hispanic

    1,733 ± 261

  3. Other

    216 ± 102

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

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

12.2k

2017 Value

± 637

-0.7%

1 Year decline

± 7.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dawson County, NE declined at a rate of -0.7%, from 12.3k employees to 12.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dawson County, NE, are Production Occupations (2,078 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,258 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,172 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dawson County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dawson County, NE, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,078 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,258 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,172 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dawson County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.09 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.94 times), and Material Moving Occupations (2.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dawson County, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,758), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($50,862), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($50,109).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.2k

2017 Value

± 637

-0.7%

1 Year decline

± 7.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dawson County, NE declined at a rate of -0.7%, from 12.3k employees to 12.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dawson County, NE, are Manufacturing (2,855 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,342 people), and Retail Trade (1,313 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dawson County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Dawson 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 Dawson County, NE, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,855 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,342 people), and Retail Trade (1,313 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dawson County, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (6.4 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.31 times), and Utilities (2.13 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dawson County, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($51,509), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,915), and Transportation & Warehousing ($49,219).

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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

87.2% of the population of Dawson County, NE has health coverage, with 50.9% on employee plans, 11.7% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.15% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Dawson County, NE see 1837 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.917% decrease from the previous year (1854 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1689 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1075 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

1,837 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Dawson County, NE see an average of 1,837 patients per year. This represents a 0.917% decrease from the previous year (1,854 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

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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

12.8%

Uninsured

50.9%

Employer Coverage

11.7%

Medicaid

10.5%

Medicare

13%

Non-Group

1.15%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dawson County, NE declined by 7.38% from 13.8% to 12.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dawson 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%.

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Diversity

Dawson County, NE is home to a population of 23.9k people, from which 90.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 18.5% of Dawson County, NE residents were born outside of the country (4.44k people).

In 2017, there were 2.02 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.4k people) in Dawson County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.11k White (Hispanic) and 1.36k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Dawson County, NE was 35.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Dawson County, NE are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Dawson County, NE residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.44k people

17.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.12k people

As of 2017, 18.5% of Dawson County, NE residents (4.44k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dawson County, NE was 17.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

90.6%

2017 Citizenship

90.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.6% of Dawson County, NE residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Dawson County, NE was 90.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dawson County, NE

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    14.4k ± 18

  2. White (Hispanic)

    7.11k ± 297

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    1.36k ± 62

In 2017, there were 2.02 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.4k people) in Dawson County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.11k White (Hispanic) and 1.36k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    442 ± 91

  2. Korea

    169 ± 55

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    128 ± 65

Dawson County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.62 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dawson County, NE was $101,000 in 2017, which is 0.44 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $95,600 to $101,000, a 5.65% increase. The homeownership rate in Dawson County, NE is 66.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dawson County, NE have an average commute time of 14.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dawson County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$101,000

2017 Median

± $7,477

$95,600

2016 Median

± $6,364

In 2017, the median property value in Dawson County, NE grew to to $101,000 from the previous year's value of $95,600.

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

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Household Income

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$51,238

Median Household Income

± $1,644

8.9k

Number of Households

± 528

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.9k households in Dawson County, NE grew to $51,238 from the previous year's value of $49,943.

The following chart displays the households in Dawson 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dawson County, NE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dawson County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

66.8%

2017 Homeownership

67.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.8% of the housing units in Dawson County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.4%.

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

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Commute Time

14.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dawson County, NE have a shorter commute time (14.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.726% of the workforce in Dawson County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.2%

  2. Carpooled

    18.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Dawson County, NE was Drove Alone (75.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (18.1%) and those who Worked At Home (3.36%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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