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By Jeff Yost
President & CEO Nebraska Community Foundation 

Youth are changing the Greater Nebraska narrative


September 30, 2021

The 2020 census is an important tool for understanding population trends and demographic shifts in our greater Nebraska hometowns, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Articles lamenting the shrinking population of rural areas abound, but we know better.

Nebraska Community Foundation’s Youth Survey is taking a qualitative look at the reasons young Nebraskans choose to remain in, return to or leave their hometowns. Our work at NCF suggests there’s much to look forward to in greater Nebraska – and we’ve got the numbers to back it up.

Take just one number from our 2021 Nebraska Youth...

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