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Lincoln, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Lincoln is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Lancaster County at latitude 40.8105 and longitude -96.6803. Lancaster County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,201 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Lincoln, but most people and references simply refer to it as Lincoln, Nebraska.

The P1 Census Class Code for Lincoln indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Lincoln (see map below) encompass a land area of 90.42 sq. miles and a water area of 1.35 sq. miles.

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Lincoln, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 267,487
Population in Households 253,838
Population in Familes 186,899
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,649
Population Density1 3,002
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 107,541
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 62,219
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 114,767 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 60,252 (52.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 47,290 (41.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,226 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $170,190
Average Home Value $197,617


Median Household Income $49,159
Average Household Income $62,815
Per Capita Income $25,789
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.82% 0.97%
Households 0.89% 1.03%
Families 0.74% 0.9%
Median Household Income   3.19%
Per Capita Income   3.45%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Lincoln, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lincoln to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 9 99th
Diversity Index2 # 51 91st
Median Household Income # 304 48th
Per Capita Income # 253 57th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Nebraska Census Data Comparison Tool.