Rural Nebraska ranks high in new Nebraska Thriving Index

Friday, September 20, 2019

Statistics from the first-ever Nebraska Thriving Index found that rural Nebraska ranked high for economic growth, quality of life and social capital, according to Nebraska Today.  

The University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute administered the index, which identified regional trends and compared them to similar rural areas, according to Nebraska Today. 

UNL’s Bureau of Business Research and the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s College of Business and Technology developed the index.

The index divides Nebraska into eight regions and is based on measures of economic growth and economic conditions in rural Nebraska, according to Nebraska Today. The thriving index is also broken into smaller variables, such as quality of life and social capital, according to the Rural Futures Institute website

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