Howard County NE Information


Howard County Subdivisions

Howard County NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 6,557 (100%)
Population in Households 6,487 (98.9%)
Population in Families 5,312 (81.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 70 ( 1.1%)
Population Density 12
Diversity Index2 11


Median Household Income $56,297
Average Household Income $65,635
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $27,534
Wealth Index5 57


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,166 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,087 (65.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 663 (20.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 416 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $187,169
Average Home Value $212,566
Housing Affordability Index3 150


Total Households 2,750
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 1,831
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.39% 0.41%
Households 0.41% 0.46%
Families 0.3% 0.4%
Median Household Income   1.83%
Per Capita Income   2.06%
Owner Occupied HU   0.65%


Howard County NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Howard County to the other 93 counties and county equivalents in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 45 53rd
Population Density # 42 56th
Median Household Income # 36 62nd
Housing Affordability Index # 9 10th
Per Capita Income # 78 17th
Diversity Index # 72 23rd

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