One of the drivers of the demand for housing in Lincoln, and the state as a whole, is that people continue to move here.
According to the U.S. Census, Lincoln added nearly 33,000 people from 2011-2020 and Lancaster County as a whole added about 37,000. While some of that growth is due to new births outpacing deaths, a lot of it comes from people moving to Lincoln, either from elsewhere in Nebraska or from outside the state. Nebraska as a whole added about 135,000 people over the past decade.
The Census is probably the best source of who’s moving here, but it’s fun to see what kind of data moving companies release this time of year.
For example, according to United Van Lines, Nebraska ranked 10th highest for most people moving out, with 56% of the company’s Nebraska moves involving people leaving the state.
On the other hand, U-Haul said Nebraska ranked 20th for most inbound moves. People moving into the state using U-Haul grew 7% in 2021, and just slightly over half of the company’s Nebraska moves were people moving into the state.
The top city in the state to which people moved using a U-Haul truck or trailer was Bellevue. Other net-gain cities included Beatrice, Elkhorn, Columbus, North Platte and Papillion.