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Race/Ethnicity in lincoln

Lincoln is becoming more diverse

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While the majority (77.6%) of Lincoln’s population identifies as White and non-Hispanic, Lincoln has become more ethnically and racially diverse over the past decade. In the past ten years, the number of people of color has increased from 45,770 in 2012 to 65,611 in 2022, or about 43%, while the White non-Hispanic population increased over the same timeframe from 219,619 to 227,012, or about 3%.

  • From 2012 to 2022, the overall proportion of people of color has increased from 17.2% to 22.4%.
  • Lincoln’s fastest growing ethnic groups, as a proportion of the population are Hispanic or Latino/a and those who identify as two or more races.
    • Over the last decade, the same time period, the Hispanic population in Lincoln increased from 6.4% to 8.8%.
    • During the same time period, Lincoln’s population of individuals who identify as two or more races has increased from 2.5% to 4.3%.
  • The proportion of Lincoln’s population identifying as Asian increased slightly from 3.9% in 2012 to 4.7% in 2022.
  • The proportion of Lincoln residents who identify as Black or African American stayed about the same from 2012 to 2022, at 3.9% and 4.1% respectively.
  • The proportion of Lincoln residents who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native has also stayed about the same over this time period, being 0.5% of the population in 2012 and 0.3% in 2022.
  • The proportion of Lincoln residents identified as White non-Hispanic decreased from 82.8% in 2012 to 77.6% in 2022.

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates, Table DP05.
Race/ethnic groups that make up less than one quarter of one percent of the population do not appear on the chart.

Data for the year 2020 was not available.