Scottsbluff, NE

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Population

38,493

0.447% decline

Median Age

39.8


Median Household Income

$48,063

2.8% growth

Poverty Rate

13.1%


Number of Employees

18,626

2.62% decline

Median Property Value

$116,600

4.86% growth

About

In 2017, Scottsbluff, NE had a population of 38.5k people with a median age of 39.8 and a median household income of $48,063. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Scottsbluff, NE declined from 38,666 to 38,493, a -0.447% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,756 to $48,063, a 2.8% increase.

The population of Scottsbluff, NE is 73.5% White Alone, 22.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.63% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Scottsbluff, NE speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Scottsbluff, NE are Western Nebraska Community College (254 degrees awarded in 2017) and Summit Christian College (8 degrees).

The median property value in Scottsbluff, NE is $116,600, and the homeownership rate is 69.1%. Most people in Scottsbluff, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15 minutes. The average car ownership in Scottsbluff, NE is 2 cars per household.

Scottsbluff, NE borders Cheyenne, WY.

Economy

The economy of Scottsbluff, NE employs 18.6k people. The largest industries in Scottsbluff, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,007 people), Retail Trade (2,335 people), and Educational Services (1,620 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,333), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,321).

Median household income in Scottsbluff, NE is $48,063. Males in Scottsbluff, 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 Scottsbluff, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.446, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,063

2017 value

± $2,189

2.8%

1 Year Growth

± 6.05%

Households in Scottsbluff, NE have a median annual income of $48,063, 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 $46,756 in 2016, which represents a 2.8% 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 Scottsbluff, 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)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Scottsbluff, NE was Sarpy County, NE with a value of $77,941, followed by Douglas County, NE and Lancaster County, NE, with respective values of $64,390 and $57,650.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Scottsbluff, NE (4.92k out of 37.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females < 5.

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

    4,390 ± 424

  2. Hispanic

    2,148 ± 302

  3. Native American

    156 ± 112

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

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

18.6k

2017 Value

± 804

-2.62%

1 Year decline

± 6.16%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Scottsbluff, NE declined at a rate of -2.62%, from 19.1k employees to 18.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Scottsbluff, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,652 people), Management Occupations (2,051 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,913 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Scottsbluff, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Scottsbluff, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,652 people), Management Occupations (2,051 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,913 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Scottsbluff, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.13 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.47 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Scottsbluff, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,368), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,077), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($57,668).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.6k

2017 Value

± 804

-2.62%

1 Year decline

± 6.16%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Scottsbluff, NE declined at a rate of -2.62%, from 19.1k employees to 18.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Scottsbluff, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,007 people), Retail Trade (2,335 people), and Educational Services (1,620 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Scottsbluff, NE, though some of these residents may live in Scottsbluff, 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 Scottsbluff, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,007 people), Retail Trade (2,335 people), and Educational Services (1,620 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Scottsbluff, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.81 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.43 times), and Utilities (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Scottsbluff, NE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,333), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,321).

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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

88.4% of the population of Scottsbluff, NE has health coverage, with 42.9% on employee plans, 14.2% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 15.9% on non-group plans, and 1.69% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Scottsbluff, NE see 1339 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.45% increase from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1358 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 421 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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1,339 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Nebraska see an average of 1,339 patients per year. This represents a 0.45% increase from the previous year (1,333 patients).

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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

11.6%

Uninsured

42.9%

Employer Coverage

14.2%

Medicaid

13.7%

Medicare

15.9%

Non-Group

1.69%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Scottsbluff, NE declined by 14.2% from 13.6% to 11.6%.

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

Scottsbluff, NE is home to a population of 38.5k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.91% of Scottsbluff, NE residents were born outside of the country (1.51k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Scottsbluff, NE is composed of 28.3k White Alone residents (73.5%), 8.65k Hispanic or Latino residents (22.5%), 628 Two or More Races residents (1.63%), 429 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.11%), 234 Black or African American Alone residents (0.608%), 231 Asian Alone residents (0.6%), 23 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0598%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Scottsbluff, NE was 39.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Scottsbluff, NE are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Scottsbluff, NE residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.91%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.51k people

4.53%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.75k people

As of 2017, 3.91% of Scottsbluff, NE residents (1.51k 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 Scottsbluff, NE was 4.53%, 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

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.4% of Scottsbluff, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Scottsbluff, NE was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    28.3k ± 68

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8.65k ± 453

  3. Two or More Races

    628 ± 173

In 2017, there were 3.27 times more White Alone residents (28.3k people) in Scottsbluff, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.65k Hispanic or Latino and 628 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    909 ± 114

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    444 ± 135

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    354 ± 131

Scottsbluff, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.05 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Scottsbluff, NE awarded 262 degrees. The student population of Scottsbluff, NE is skewed towards women, with 768 male students and 1,167 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Scottsbluff, NE are White (198 and 80.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (30 and 12.2%), Black or African American (7 and 2.85%), and Unknown (5 and 2.03%).

The largest universities in Scottsbluff, NE by number of degrees awarded are Western Nebraska Community College (254 and 96.9%) and Summit Christian College (8 and 3.05%).

The most popular majors in Scottsbluff, NE are Liberal Arts & Sciences (43 and 16.4%), General Business Administration & Management (29 and 11.1%), and Lineworker (24 and 9.16%).

The median tuition costs in Scottsbluff, NE are $6,240 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 43 degrees awarded

  2. 28 degrees awarded

  3. 16 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Scottsbluff, NE was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 43 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 254 degrees awarded

  2. 8 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$6,240

Median Private

In 2017, the Scottsbluff, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Nebraska Community College with 254 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

118

Degrees Awarded to Men

144

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 118 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Scottsbluff, NE, which is 0.819 times less than the 144 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

    198 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    30 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    7 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Scottsbluff, NE were to White students. These 198 degrees mean that there were 6.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 30 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Scottsbluff, NE was $116,600 in 2017, which is 0.508 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $111,200 to $116,600, a 4.86% increase. The homeownership rate in Scottsbluff, NE is 69.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Scottsbluff, NE have an average commute time of 15 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Scottsbluff, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$116,600

2017 Median

± $4,001

$111,200

2016 Median

± $4,434

In 2017, the median property value in Scottsbluff, NE grew to to $116,600 from the previous year's value of $111,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Scottsbluff, 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 Scottsbluff, 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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$48,063

Median Household Income

± $2,189

15.3k

Number of Households

± 692

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.3k households in Scottsbluff, NE grew to $48,063 from the previous year's value of $46,756.

The following chart displays the households in Scottsbluff, 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

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.1%

2017 Homeownership

68.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.1% of the housing units in Scottsbluff, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.4%.

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

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Commute Time

15 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Scottsbluff, NE have a shorter commute time (15 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.55% of the workforce in Scottsbluff, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.81%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.08%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Scottsbluff, NE was Drove Alone (82.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.81%) and those who Worked At Home (4.08%).

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

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