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One of the drivers of housing demand in Lincoln, and the state as a whole, is that people keep moving here.

According to the U.S. Census, Lincoln added nearly 33,000 people from 2011 to 2020, and Lancaster County as a whole added about 37,000. Although some of this growth is due to new births exceeding deaths, much of it comes from people moving to Lincoln, either from elsewhere in Nebraska or out of state. Nebraska as a whole has added about 135,000 people over the past decade.

The census is probably the best source for who’s moving here, but it’s fun to see what kind of data relocation companies release at this time of year.

For example, according to United Van Lines, Nebraska ranks 10th for most people moving, with 56% of the company’s moves in Nebraska involving people leaving the state.

On the other hand, U-Haul said Nebraska ranked 20th in most inbound moves. In-state movers using U-Haul increased 7% in 2021, and just over half of the company’s moves in Nebraska were from in-state movers.

Bellevue is the first city in the state where people got around using a U-Haul truck or trailer. Other net gain towns included Beatrice, Elkhorn, Columbus, North Platte and Papillion.