Nebraska is growing in population overall, but people are still leaving rural areas. The latest Census estimates show the state population up three point seven percent since the 2000 census to just over one point seven million. 20 counties showed gains from 2006 to 2007, while 73 saw population losses. The biggest percentage drop was in Blaine County, down over twenty three percent, to 448 residents. Sue Clark is the Blaine County Treasurer and says they are seeing much of the land in their county being sold to outside interests who “don’t bring families in”. But, despite the slim numbers, their county is in good financial condition with a current budget of just over $364,000.
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