Lancaster County, NE

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Population

314,358

1.52% growth

Median Age

33.7


Median Household Income

$59,306

0.783% growth

Poverty Rate

14%


Number of Employees

171,482

0.213% growth

Median Property Value

$179,400

7.04% growth

About

In 2017, Lancaster County, NE had a population of 314k people with a median age of 33.7 and a median household income of $59,306. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lancaster County, NE grew from 309,637 to 314,358, a 1.52% increase and its median household income grew from $58,845 to $59,306, a 0.783% increase.

The population of Lancaster County, NE is 81.2% White Alone, 7.12% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.45% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Lancaster County, NE speak a non-English language, and 96.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lancaster County, NE are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (5,249 degrees awarded in 2016), Southeast Community College Area (1,544 degrees), and Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies (566 degrees).

The median property value in Lancaster County, NE is $179,400, and the homeownership rate is 61.6%. Most people in Lancaster County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Lancaster County, NE is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lancaster County, NE employs 171k people. The largest industries in Lancaster County, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,405 people), Educational Services (23,188 people), and Retail Trade (18,326 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,707), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,008), and Public Administration ($49,883).

Median household income in Lancaster County, NE is $59,306. Males in Lancaster County, NE have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,416. The income inequality in Lancaster County, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.439, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,306

2017 value

± $2,973

0.783%

1 Year Growth

± 6.66%

Households in Lancaster County, NE have a median annual income of $59,306, 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 $58,845 in 2016, which represents a 0.783% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,385

Average Male Salary

± $2,094

$44,416

Average Female Salary

± $1,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.34 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

    $49,131 ± $8,928

  2. White

    $46,037 ± $1,284

  3. Black

    $39,146 ± $6,924

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.07 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 Lancaster County, NE is from Nebraska.

0.439

2017 Wage GINI

0.449

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.439 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.36% 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 37.20

  2. Census Tract 37.13

  3. Census Tract 37.18

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lancaster County, 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 tracts in Lancaster 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% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lancaster County, NE (40.9k out of 293k 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

    30,340 ± 1,184

  2. Hispanic

    5,160 ± 499

  3. Black

    3,755 ± 404

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lancaster County, 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

171k

2017 Value

± 6,467

0.213%

1 Year growth

± 5.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lancaster County, NE grew at a rate of 0.213%, from 171k employees to 171k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lancaster County, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,311 people), Sales & Related Occupations (17,272 people), and Management Occupations (17,235 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lancaster County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lancaster County, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,311 people), Sales & Related Occupations (17,272 people), and Management Occupations (17,235 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lancaster County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.81 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.36 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.32 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lancaster County, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,221), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($61,355), and Management Occupations ($60,817).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

171k

2017 Value

± 6,467

0.213%

1 Year growth

± 5.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lancaster County, NE grew at a rate of 0.213%, from 171k employees to 171k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lancaster County, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,405 people), Educational Services (23,188 people), and Retail Trade (18,326 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lancaster County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Lancaster 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 Lancaster County, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,405 people), Educational Services (23,188 people), and Retail Trade (18,326 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lancaster County, NE has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.23 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.48 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lancaster County, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,707), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,008), and Public Administration ($49,883).

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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

93% of the population of Lancaster County, NE has health coverage, with 59.6% on employee plans, 9.09% on Medicaid, 9.83% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 1.57% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lancaster County, 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

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 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%).

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%).

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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

6.97%

Uninsured

59.6%

Employer Coverage

9.09%

Medicaid

9.83%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

1.57%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lancaster County, NE declined by 11.7% from 7.89% to 6.97%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lancaster 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

Lancaster County, NE is home to a population of 314k people, from which 96.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.58% of Lancaster County, NE residents were born outside of the country (23.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lancaster County, NE is composed of 255k White Alone residents (81.2%), 22.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.12%), 14k Asian Alone residents (4.45%), 11.6k Black or African American Alone residents (3.68%), 9.18k Two or More Races residents (2.92%), 1.74k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.554%), 198 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.063%), and 174 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0554%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lancaster County, NE was 33.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Lancaster County, NE are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lancaster County, NE residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.58%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

23.8k people

7.33%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

22.7k people

As of 2017, 7.58% of Lancaster County, NE residents (23.8k 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 Lancaster County, NE was 7.33%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    53,259 ± 5,587 people

  2. Guatemala

    8,952 ± 2,318 people

  3. China

    7,008 ± 2,052 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 53,259 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,952 and China with 7,008.

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Citizenship

96.5%

2017 Citizenship

95%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.5% of Lancaster County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lancaster County, NE was 95%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    255k ± 208

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    22.4k ± 3.38k

  3. Asian Alone

    14k ± 1.19k

In 2017, there were 11.4 times more White Alone residents (255k people) in Lancaster County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.4k Hispanic or Latino and 14k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lancaster County, NE as a share of the total population.

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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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster County, NE was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lancaster 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

    5,766 ± 1,056

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,509 ± 826

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,365 ± 734

Lancaster County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.64 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lancaster County, NE awarded 8,710 degrees. The student population of Lancaster County, NE is skewed towards women, with 19,685 male students and 21,630 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lancaster County, NE are White (7,039 and 85.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (373 and 4.55%), Black or African American (224 and 2.73%), and Unknown (199 and 2.43%).

The largest universities in Lancaster County, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska-Lincoln (5,249 and 60.3%), Southeast Community College Area (1,544 and 17.7%), and Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies (566 and 6.5%).

The most popular majors in Lancaster County, NE are General Business Administration & Management (598 and 6.87%), Registered Nursing (337 and 3.87%), and General Psychology (276 and 3.17%).

The median tuition costs in Lancaster County, NE are $17,656 for private four year colleges, and $6,757 and $21,270 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 340 degrees awarded

  2. 242 degrees awarded

  3. 227 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lancaster County, NE was General Business Administration & Management with 340 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,249 degrees awarded

  2. 1,544 degrees awarded

  3. 566 degrees awarded

$6,757

Median In-State Public

$17,656

Median Private

In 2016, the Lancaster County, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 5,249 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,052

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,658

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,052 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lancaster County, NE, which is 0.87 times less than the 4,658 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

    7,039 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    373 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    224 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lancaster County, NE were to White students. These 7,039 degrees mean that there were 18.9 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 373 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lancaster County, NE was $179,400 in 2017, which is 0.824 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $167,600 to $179,400, a 7.04% increase. The homeownership rate in Lancaster County, NE is 61.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lancaster County, NE have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lancaster 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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$59,306

Median Household Income

± $2,973

123k

Number of Households

± 5,007

In 2017, the median household income of the 123k households in Lancaster County, NE grew to $59,306 from the previous year's value of $58,845.

The following chart displays the households in Lancaster 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

$179,400

2017 Median

± $6,664

$167,600

2016 Median

± $3,726

In 2017, the median property value in Lancaster County, NE grew to to $179,400 from the previous year's value of $167,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lancaster 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 Lancaster County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

61.6%

2017 Homeownership

58.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.6% of the housing units in Lancaster County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lancaster 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 Lancaster County, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lancaster County, NE have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lancaster County, NE have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.3% of the workforce in Lancaster County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.81%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lancaster County, NE was Drove Alone (82.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.3%) and those who Worked At Home (3.81%).

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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