It appears that more people are setting up housekeeping in Nebraska. David Drozd is the Research Coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska – Omaha and tells us the state had the best net migration numbers in 13 years.
In Nebraska’s most populated county, they saw a net change of zero. Drozd says this is good news for Douglas County because in previous reports 1,000 leave the county on-average yearly. Sarpy County reports impressive migration gains from other states. That is a reversed trend from earlier in the decade when more people moved out than in. There are also gains at regional centers including Columbus, Norfolk and Fremont that tend to stand out given they have experienced out-migration in years past.
Drozd says the improved migration figures are likely related to the economy. He expects more people move to Nebraska from other states due to low unemployment. At the same time more people are apparently working longer and fewer are leaving for retirement style destinations in other states.