A new report from the Platte Institute shows where Nebraska is losing population and income to other states.
Between 1992 and 2014 most of Nebraska’s income loss went to the popular retirement states of Texas, Florida, and Arizona.
Sarah Curry, policy director for the Institute, said they did not look at specific demographics, so she cannot say if those were mostly retirees taking their money out of state.
“We’re counting college students moving to Texas and we’re also counting retirees moving to Texas,” Curry said during a conference call with reporters. “We didn’t differentiate our data. I know some reports and some research does that. We chose not to do that, because we want to focus on growth policies for all groups.”
The most recent population data from 2013 shows most of the migration from Nebraska went to Iowa (8,602 people), followed by Texas (3,343), and Missouri (3,258).
“Why are people making these choices of where they choose to live and invest,” Adam Weinberg, communications director said. “What are the public policy barriers that we may have in the way in Nebraska that can help us become more attractive and competitive with these states.”
With those figures, the Platte Institute ranks Nebraska’s top five state competitors as:
“Some people are comparing Nebraska to Kansas, but we’re obviously losing more income from migration to Texas and Florida than we are Kansas,” Curry said. “So, is it really fair to say Kansas is a comparison state? We’re saying no, it is not.”
Curry says the Institute will be looking at policy differences between Nebraska and those five competitor states in the coming weeks.