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According to data released by the US Census Bureau in August, Hall County’s population grew 7.3%, from 58,607 people in 2010 to 62,895 in 2020.

Along with the growth, there were also increases in Hall County’s Hispanic, black, and Asian populations, and a decrease in the total percentage of the county’s white population.

The number of people who identify as white in the county’s total population fell by 9.7%, or 4,711 people, from 82.6% in total in 2010 to 69.5% in 2020.

Hall County has remained one of the most diverse in Nebraska, ranking 87 out of 93 counties for total white population.

The county’s total Hispanic / Latino population grew by 5,528 people, or 40.5%, from 22.3% of the county’s population in 2010 to 30.5% in 2020.

Hall County’s black population also increased by 896 people, from 1.7% of the population in 2010 to 3.1% in 2020, an increase of 87.6%.

The county’s Asian population grew by 120, from 1% to 1.2% of the total population, an increase of 19.8%.

The numbers followed trends seen across Nebraska, the data showed.

Grand Island City Council in November rejected an order that would have extended the hours for alcohol sales from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. The city administration and the Grand Island Police Department have spoken against the order. Level Up Arcade and Brick House Nightclub staff were among those speaking out for it, saying it would help boost their income amid the pandemic.

Independent / Brandon Summers

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