New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the loss of population in rural Nebraska may be slowing, but most counties in Tribland aren’t part of that trend.

According to the bureau’s 2016 update to estimated population figures for counties and metropolitan areas released Thursday, more Nebraska counties are gaining population than a decade ago.

David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, says 30 counties gained population between 2010 and 2016, compared with only 18 from 2000 through 2006.

He says 17 of the state’s 93 counties have lost at least 5 percent of their population in the first six years of this decade, less than half the 39 that did so from 2000 through 2006.

According to the bureau’s estimated figures from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2016, within Tribland, Adams County saw growth, but it was about 10 percent of the increase seen in nearby Buffalo and Hall counties.

Kearney County also grew, by an estimated total of 63 people from 6,489 to 6,552.

The estimates indicate that population in Adams County rose by 320 people — 31,364 to 31,684 —since 2010. During that same time, the estimated population in Buffalo County rose by 3,281 people, from 46,102 to 49,383; Hall County’s increased by 3,098 people, from 58,607 to 61,705.

As a state, Nebraska’s estimated population has increased by 80,775 people, from 1,826,341 to 1,907,116 since 2010.

According to population estimates from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, the state’s population increased by 13,351 people, from 1,893,765 to 1,907,116. Adams County’s population increased by 99 people during that same time period, from an estimate of 31,585 in 2015 to 31,684 in 2016.

Here are population figures among Tribland counties, including Jewell and Smith in Kansas, based on the April 1, 2010, census to the July 1, 2016, estimates:

— Clay County’s population declined by 379 people, 6,542 to 6,163.

— Fillmore County’s population declined by 170 people, 5,890 to 5,720.

— Franklin County’s population declined by 211 people, 3,225 to 3,014.

— Jewell County’s population declined by 176 people, 3077 to 2,901.

— Kearney County’s population increased by 63 people, 6,489 to 6,552.

— Nuckolls County’s population declined by 235 people, 4,500 to 4,265.

— Smith County’s population declined by 221 people, 3,853 to 3,632.

— Thayer County’s population declined by 127 people, 5,228 to 5,101.

— Webster County’s population declined by 209, 3,812 to 3,603.

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