Lincoln, NE Profile: Facts & Data


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Lincoln, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Lincoln is the 2nd largest city in Nebraska with a population of 287,896 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Lincoln, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 287,896
Population in Households 273,330
Population in Familes 202,055
Population in Group Qrtrs 14,566
Population Density1 3,184
Diversity Index2 41


Median Household Income $54,330
Average Household Income $73,656
Per Capita Income $29,746


Total Housing Units 121,351 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 65,466 (53.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 49,079 (40.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,805 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $173,443
Average Home Value $205,927


Total Households 114,546
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 65,662
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.32% 1.23%
Households 1.23% 1.23%
Families 1.04% 1.09%
Median Household Income   1.83%
Per Capita Income   2.11%

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, 2018 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 Density # 8 99th
Diversity Index # 50 92nd
Median Household Income # 238 59th
Per Capita Income # 227 61st

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