Benkelman, Nebraska

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Benkelman, Nebraska
City
Courthouse square, 2011
Courthouse square, 2011
Motto: "Realize Our Potential"
Location of Benkelman, Nebraska
Location of Benkelman, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°3′2″N 101°32′1″W / 40.05056°N 101.53361°W / 40.05056; -101.53361Coordinates: 40°3′2″N 101°32′1″W / 40.05056°N 101.53361°W / 40.05056; -101.53361
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Dundy
Area[1]
 • Total 0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
 • Land 0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,986 ft (910 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 953
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 952
 • Density 1,191.3/sq mi (460.0/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 69021
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-04230[4]
GNIS feature ID 0827319[5]

Benkelman, a city, is the county seat of Dundy County,[6] Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 953.[7]

History[edit]

Benkelman was founded originally called Collinsville, in honor of Moses Collins, and under that name was founded in about 1880.[8] In 1882, it was renamed Benkelman by the railroad for J. G. Benkelman, a stock raiser.[9]

Geography[edit]

Benkelman is located at 40°3′2″N 101°32′1″W / 40.05056°N 101.53361°W / 40.05056; -101.53361 (40.050615, -101.533660).[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,349
1980 1,235 −8.5%
1990 1,193 −3.4%
2000 1,006 −15.7%
2010 953 −5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 953 people, 445 households, and 242 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,191.3 inhabitants per square mile (460.0 /km2). There were 556 housing units at an average density of 695.0 per square mile (268.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 445 households of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.6% were non-families. 42.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 22% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 48.5 years. 22.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 25.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,006 people, 458 households, and 266 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,267.6 people per square mile (491.7/km²). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 725.8 per square mile (281.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.51% White, 0.80% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 458 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 79.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $27,788, and the median income for a family was $37,813. Males had a median income of $26,741 versus $19,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,700. About 7.4% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Benkelman, Nebraska (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 42.9
(6.1)
46.3
(7.9)
55.7
(13.2)
65.4
(18.6)
74.8
(23.8)
85.4
(29.7)
91.9
(33.3)
89.9
(32.2)
81.2
(27.3)
68.4
(20.2)
54.2
(12.3)
43.4
(6.3)
66.6
(19.2)
Average low °F (°C) 14.1
(−9.9)
17.6
(−8)
25.6
(−3.6)
34.5
(1.4)
46.3
(7.9)
56.5
(13.6)
62.4
(16.9)
60.3
(15.7)
49.4
(9.7)
35.8
(2.1)
24.2
(−4.3)
14.8
(−9.6)
36.8
(2.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.55
(14)
0.59
(15)
1.20
(30.5)
1.96
(49.8)
3.04
(77.2)
2.88
(73.2)
2.93
(74.4)
2.22
(56.4)
1.41
(35.8)
1.59
(40.4)
0.76
(19.3)
0.60
(15.2)
19.73
(501.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 6.2
(15.7)
4.5
(11.4)
4.5
(11.4)
2.7
(6.9)
0.1
(0.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.4
(1)
1.6
(4.1)
3.5
(8.9)
5.5
(14)
28.8
(73.2)
Source: NOAA[11]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 109. 
  9. ^ "Benkelman, Dundy County". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 6, 2013.