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Construction crews work on several new homes in a development along 141st Street in Waverly in January. The city just a couple miles northeast of Lincoln continues its strong growth and is nearing the 4,000 mark for population.

Lincoln and surrounding communities continue to be among the fastest-growing cities in the state.

The latest population figures from the U.S. Census, released Wednesday night, show Lincoln added nearly 2,900 people from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, or just over 1%, growing from 284,506 to 287,401.

However, that was the lowest annual population growth for the city in the current decade, and the first time it didn't add at least 3,000 people year over year.

Lancaster County's two other largest towns both continued their strong growth. Hickman added 82 people and now stands at 2,300 residents. Waverly added 117 people for a population of 3,951.

Both Hickman and Waverly saw their growth accelerate in 2018 compared with 2017.

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Over the eight-year period from 2010-2018, Hickman ranks second in the state among the top 100 largest cities with nearly 39% growth. Waverly is fourth with 20.6% growth and Lincoln is eighth with 11.2% growth.

The eight fastest-growing cities during that period are all in the Lincoln or Omaha areas.

Among smaller villages, Bennet continued its rapid growth, adding 64 people. The village southeast of Lincoln has now added 235 people since 2010, for a 32.7% growth rate. Roca also had a huge growth spurt, going from 290 residents to 326 in the last year. It has grown 48.2% since 2010.

Most other cities and towns in the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area also gained population in 2018, although the increases were much smaller. Seward added 20 people, Firth and Panama both added 12, Milford added nine, Malcolm added seven, Hallam added six, Goehner added three and Raymond added two.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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