Nebraska’s population is up this year but by not as much as originally hoped for. David Drodz heads the University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Center for Public Affairs Research and says the more people the better the economy. He reports between 2009 and 2010 the state population increased by about 17,500 persons. In 2010 to 2011 the population was up 12,500 residents.
Drozd says low employment and lower housing costs play a key role in maintaining a small but steady growth. He says that is also drawing people from other parts of the country that have been harder hit by the faltering economy.
The population increase seen last year is about a one-percent growth.