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Nebraska covers 76,872 square miles, with a 2021 estimated population of 1,963,692 people – 660,029 living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). Lincoln, the capital, is located in the southeastern region of the state. The state's largest cities are Lincoln, Omaha, and Bellevue. According to 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 87.7% of the state's population is White, 5.3% is African-American, 2.8% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 12.0% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Nebraska Rural Healthcare Facilities

Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to April 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Nebraska

7.3% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2020). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Nebraskans in 2020 was $57,570, with the rural per capita income at $54,766. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Nebraska is 9.9%, compared with 8.8% in urban areas of the state. 9.1% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.0% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Nebraska is at 2.1%, while in urban Nebraska it is at 2.7% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


Nebraska Office of Rural Health
Phone: 402.471.2337
Works to assure quality healthcare services to those living in rural Nebraska. Promotes programs and activities including student loan repayment programs, recruitment and retention, healthcare facilities serving underserved areas, and State 30 J1 Visa Waiver. Serves as the Nebraska Office of Primary Care.
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Last Reviewed: 7/12/2022