Thank the U.S. Census for telling us something we already knew.
The population of Antelope County, along with that of many other rural Nebraska counties continues to decline.
According to a report released Friday by the State Legislature’s long-range planning committee, shows the estimated population of Antelope County to be 6,652 persons in 2009. The number reflects a decline of 800 persons since 2000. In terms of percentage, that’s nearly an 11 percent decline in population in the past 10 years.
We’re not alone, far from it. Seventy-six other counties in Nebraska showed a decline in population. The only counties which showed an increase in population were Lincoln, Dawson, Buffalo, Hall, Adams, Platte, Dakota, Thurston, Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Saunders, Lancaster, Saline and Johnson.
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