Lincoln, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lincoln, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Lincoln is the 2nd largest city in Nebraska with a population of 270,141 as of July 1, 2015. Lincoln ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lincoln is located at latitude 40.8105 and longitude -96.6803 in Lancaster County. 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. Lancaster County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,201 feet.

The City of Lincoln (GNIS ID: 2395713) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Lincoln is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Lancaster County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lincoln population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Lincoln, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 270,141
Population in Households 256,450
Population in Familes 188,861
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,691
Population Density1 3,031
Diversity Index2 38


Total Households 108,658
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 62,817
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 115,886 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 60,263 (52.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 48,396 (41.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,228 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $176,139
Average Home Value $205,813


Median Household Income $48,431
Average Household Income $64,788
Per Capita Income $26,592
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.85% 0.99%
Households 0.92% 1.05%
Families 0.78% 0.94%
Median Household Income   3.37%
Per Capita Income   3.03%
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, 2015 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 # 8 99th
Diversity Index2 # 50 92nd
Median Household Income # 309 47th
Per Capita Income # 238 59th

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