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Kimball Takes A Hit In Census

Population Down In Both City, County

The 2020 census figures have been released, and the population of the city of Kimball from 2010 to 2020 decreased from 2,496 to 2,290, a loss of 8.3% of the total population.

Kimball County, meanwhile, experienced a 10.1% loss of people from 3,821 to 3,434. The county figures include Dix, Bushnell, and the rural parts of the county.

Like many local people, Mayor Keith Prunty was surprised by the current statistics.

"Wow, I am surprised," he said. "We do expect it to go up with all the new ventures; hopefully, the numbers will reverse themselves."

Meanwhile, Nebraska state Sen. Steve Erdman's r...