HARTINGTON — The latest U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates show Cedar County is finally on the grow again.
The statistics show that more Nebraska counties are gaining population than a decade ago,
The report, issued last week from the Census Bureau’s Denver office, shows that from 2015 to 2016 Cedar County gained 103 residents, a 12 percent increase. The Bureau estimates Cedar County’s population to be 8,671.
While the increase is good news, the county still has not regained the population loss it suffered from 2010-15. The Census Bureau put Cedar County’s official 2010 population at 8,852.
Area experts are pleased with the increase, but say a lot of work needs to be done to erase the rural population decline.