There’s always a lot of hullabaloo about the census getting taken, everyone being counted. Once the results are in the most it seems we hear about is re-districting, drawing lines on maps. Otherwise, it’s much ado about nothing.
What were the results for Lancaster county? Well, we’ve got 35,116 more people. The grand total counted being 285,407. So, anybody hiding under a rock- you’ve missed your chance until 2020. If you want you can get counted then.
Seven percent of us are under 5. They probably aren’t reading this article but you might be their Mom or Dad. We think they are adorable. Practice their math with them (that’s in another article). Under 18 is 23.1% but some of them are under 5 so don’t count them twice. Wow the math does come in handy. That should be 5-17 is 16.1% of the population. The census people do like us to do math because the next reported statistic is folks over 65. There are 10.9% of our favorite grandmas, grandpas, veterans, wise folks on the porch (you get the idea- we like our 65+ crowd even when they ask us to eat at 4:30 to beat the rush). Nobody in between is mentioned. They suspect that the in between crowd should be at work. That would be 66% of us somewhere between 18 and 64.
Quite a few of us have lived in the same house for over a year, 76.9%, which is a pretty good number that shows stability in the area. 6.2% of us were born in a foreign country so don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have any diversity.
We have 20,093 veterans to be thankful for and proud of. Seek them out on Veterans Day and be sure to thank them for their service.
At the age of 26, 92.9% of us have graduated high school. There is probably some room for improvement because having 7.1% of people who are not able to graduate high school seems kind of high. Anyone who dropped out and can finish, go do it. It’s been statistically proven you will make significantly more money in your lifetime if you have graduated high school. You can do it. Get out there and finish your GED!
We have 15.2% of our population below the poverty level. The number for all of Nebraska is 12.2% so we are behind and dragging the state down. Everyone has their own thing going on so it is hard to say exactly who these folks are just by looking at your neighbors or how they got there but we don’t have a huge unemployment problem so we have work to accomplish sooner rather than later here. It would be a probable assumption that there is more than one child in these household because then someone making $15,000 a year with 5 dependents would likely be below the poverty level. If you know someone in this group that hasn’t completed their high school career or college encourage them to do so since that is one known way to break the poverty cycle. They will be better able to get a higher paying job.
There are 2.39 persons per household. We’ve all made the joke that a spouse somehow isn’t getting to count as a full person or those 5 year olds are the 0.39 because they are short. Some of us just like to live alone evening things out for everyone else.
There were 18,009 Nonemployer establishments in 2009. I don’t know what that means but it seemed important to them. Maybe it’s sole proprietorships. If you have a lot of free time you can look it up. Time for this article to end so if you’d like to know more check here: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/31/31109.html.