Thurston County, NE

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2020 Population
7,218
0.515% 1-year growth
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Ben Sasse
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
28
1.82% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
21.2%
17% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$55,574
8.9% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$77,700
2.63% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
2,882
3.48% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Thurston County, NE had a population of 7.22k people with a median age of 28 and a median household income of $55,574. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Thurston County, NE grew from 7,181 to 7,218, a 0.515% increase and its median household income grew from $51,034 to $55,574, a 8.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Thurston County, NE are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (54.8%), White (Non-Hispanic) (35.1%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (3.16%), White (Hispanic) (2.11%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.06%).

None of the households in Thurston County, NE reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.7% of the residents in Thurston County, NE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Thurston County, NE are Nebraska Indian Community College (12 degrees awarded in 2020) and Little Priest Tribal College (12 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Thurston County, NE was $77,700, and the homeownership rate was 61.3%. Most people in Thurston County, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Thurston County, NE was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Thurston County, NE is home to a population of 7.22k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.52% of Thurston County, NE residents were born outside of the country (110 people).

In 2020, there were 1.56 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.96k people) in Thurston County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.53k White (Non-Hispanic) and 228 American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Thurston County, NE
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    3.96k ± 46
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.53k ± 15
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic)
    228 ± 62
6.94%
Hispanic Population
501 people

In 2020, there were 1.56 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.96k people) in Thurston County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.53k White (Non-Hispanic) and 228 American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.94% of the people in Thurston County, NE are hispanic (501 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Thurston County, NE as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.52%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
110 people
1.43%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
103 people

As of 2020, 1.52% of Thurston County, NE residents (110 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Thurston County, NE was 1.43%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

28
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
32
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 17.5

In 2020, the median age of all people in Thurston County, NE was 28. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Thurston County, NE are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Thurston County, NE residents was 28.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    50,860 ± 5,463 people
  2. Guatemala
    8,846 ± 2,304 people
  3. India
    6,901 ± 2,036 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 50,860 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,846 and India with 6,901.

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Citizenship

98.7%
2020 Citizenship
98.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.7% of Thurston County, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Thurston County, NE was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    81 ± 30
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    58 ± 17
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    41 ± 22

Thurston County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.4 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Nebraska, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Nebraska (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Nebraska. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Nebraska.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Nebraska across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,710. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.441, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Thurston County, NE employs 2.88k people. The largest industries in Thurston County, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (484 people), Public Administration (455 people), and Educational Services (347 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($63,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,500), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,778).

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,574
2020 value
± $4,568
8.9%
1 Year Growth
± 8.98%

Households in Thurston County, NE have a median annual income of $55,574, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,034 in 2019, which represents a 8.9% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$63,805
Average Male Salary in Nebraska
± $2,271
$47,710
Average Female Salary in Nebraska
± $1,782

In 2020, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Nebraska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Nebraska
  1. White
    $50,206 ± $1,448
  2. Asian
    $46,517 ± $8,681
  3. Two or More Races
    $37,413 ± $6,138

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Nebraska.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Thurston County, NE is from Nebraska.
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.444
2019 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2020, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.441 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.534% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Nebraska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9402
  2. Census Tract 9401

The following map shows all of the tracts in Thurston County, NE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Thurston County, NE (1.51k out of 7.15k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Native American
    1,288 ± 86
  2. White
    194 ± 51
  3. Hispanic
    101 ± 56

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Thurston County, NE is Native American, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.88k
2020 Value
± 161
3.48%
1 Year growth
± 7.23%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Thurston County, NE grew at a rate of 3.48%, from 2.79k employees to 2.88k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Thurston County, NE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (383 people), Management Occupations (339 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (269 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Thurston County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Thurston County, NE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (383 people), Management Occupations (339 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (269 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Thurston County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.97 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.81 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Thurston County, NE, by median earnings, are Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($64,167), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,750), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.88k
2020 Value
± 161
3.48%
1 Year growth
± 7.23%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Thurston County, NE grew at a rate of 3.48%, from 2.79k employees to 2.88k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Thurston County, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (484 people), Public Administration (455 people), and Educational Services (347 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Thurston County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Thurston County, NE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Thurston County, NE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (484 people), Public Administration (455 people), and Educational Services (347 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Thurston County, NE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.32 times higher than expected), Public Administration (3.38 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.37 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Thurston County, NE, by median earnings, are Information ($63,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,500), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,778).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $25.7B
  2. $15.7B
  3. $13B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Meat/seafood with $25.7B, followed by Live animals/fish ($15.7B) and Cereal grains ($13B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Nebraska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$153B
2020 Value in Nebraska
$285B
Projected 2050 Value in Nebraska
86.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Nebraska trade was $153B. This is expected to increase 86.9% to $285B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Nebraska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $11.7B
  2. $8.57B
  3. $7.11B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $11.7B, followed by Kansas with $8.57B and Texas and $7.11B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Nebraska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Thurston County, NE went to Donald J. Trump with 50.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.989%). The most partisan county was Grant County, NE with 93.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse are the senators currently representing the state of Nebraska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Thurston County, NE
50.8% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Nebraska
  1. 93.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 92.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 91.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Nebraska was Grant County, NE with 93.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Nebraska colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Nebraska

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Deb Fischer
Senator from Nebraska1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ben Sasse
Senator from Nebraska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse are the senators currently representing Nebraska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Nebraska over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Nebraska

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Nebraska have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Thurston County, NE awarded 24 degrees. The student population of Thurston County, NE is skewed towards women, with 100 male students and 223 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Thurston County, NE are American Indian or Alaska Native (20 and 83.3%), followed by Black or African American (2 and 8.33%), White (2 and 8.33%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Thurston County, NE by number of degrees awarded are Nebraska Indian Community College (12 and 50%) and Little Priest Tribal College (12 and 50%).

The most popular majors in Thurston County, NE are Liberal Arts & Sciences (13 and 54.2%), General Business (3 and 12.5%), and Other Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection (2 and 8.33%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 13 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 3 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 1 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Thurston County, NE was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 13 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Thurston County, NE according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 12 degrees awarded
  2. 12 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Thurston County, NE institution with the largest number of graduating students was Nebraska Indian Community College with 12 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

10
Degrees Awarded to Men
14
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 10 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Thurston County, NE, which is 0.714 times less than the 14 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Thurston County, NE by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. American Indian or Alaska Native
    20 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    2 degrees awarded
  3. White
    2 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Thurston County, NE was American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 20 degrees mean that there were 10 times more degrees awarded to American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Thurston County, NE was $77,700 in 2020, which is 0.338 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $79,800 to $77,700, a 2.63% decrease. The homeownership rate in Thurston County, NE is 61.3%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Thurston County, NE have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Thurston County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$77,700
2020 Median
± $4,081
$79,800
2019 Median
± $5,834

In 2020, the median property value in Thurston County, NE declined from to $77,700 from the previous year's value of $79,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Thurston County, NE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Thurston County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Household Income

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$55,574
Median Household Income
± $4,568
2.17k
Number of Households
± 136

In 2020, the median household income of the 2.17k households in Thurston County, NE grew to $55,574 from the previous year's value of $51,034.

The following chart displays the households in Thurston County, NE distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Thurston County, NE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Thurston County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.3%
2020 Homeownership
60.8%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 61.3% of the housing units in Thurston County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Thurston County, NE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Thurston County, NE have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.72% of the workforce in Thurston County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (76.1%)
  2. Carpooled (11.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.93%)

In 2020, 76.1% of workers in Thurston County, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.5%) and those who worked at home (4.93%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Thurston County, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Thurston County, NE have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

78.7% of the population of Thurston County, NE has health coverage, with 37.9% on employee plans, 24.2% on Medicaid, 8.81% on Medicare, 6.52% on non-group plans, and 1.28% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Nebraska was $8,412 in 2014. This is a 3.43% increase from the previous year ($8,133).

Primary care physicians in Thurston County, NE see 1826 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.11% increase from the previous year (1806 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1445 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 289 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.8%). Additionally, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,826 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Thurston County, NE

Primary care physicians in Thurston County, NE see an average of 1,826 patients per year. This represents a 1.11% increase from the previous year (1,806 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Thurston County, NE in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,412
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Nebraska
$4,536
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,964
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,956
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Nebraska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.43%, from $8,133 to $8,412.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

21.3%
Uninsured
37.9%
Employer Coverage
24.2%
Medicaid
8.81%
Medicare
6.52%
Non-Group
1.28%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Thurston County, NE declined by 15.8% from 25.3% to 21.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Thurston County, NE changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 18.8% prevalence
  2. 16% prevalence
  3. 14.8% prevalence

Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska, at 18.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska by county over multiple years.

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