Fewer people are choosing to live in rural areas of Nebraska.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated population change report indicates more than 75 counties in the state lost residents between 2000-2009.
Kearney County fared better than its neighbors to the south, but still was one of the state’s losers in the population game as more young people flock to urban areas to find employment.
A Nebraska Legislature GIS map showing estimated population change in Nebraska counties for a decade illustrated the migration of the state’s population to larger cities in and around the I-80 corridor and to eastern Nebraska.
Larger cities in the eastern side of the state, like Fremont, Lincoln and Omaha, and in central Nebraska such as Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings and North Platte, are drawing more and more young people from smaller communities in search of jobs.
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