Blue Springs, Nebraska

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Blue Springs, Nebraska
City
Remains of dam and hydroelectric power plant, below Broad Street bridge, on Big Blue River at Blue Springs
Remains of dam and hydroelectric power plant, below Broad Street bridge, on Big Blue River at Blue Springs
Location of Blue Springs, Nebraska
Location of Blue Springs, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°8′16″N 96°39′46″W / 40.13778°N 96.66278°W / 40.13778; -96.66278Coordinates: 40°8′16″N 96°39′46″W / 40.13778°N 96.66278°W / 40.13778; -96.66278
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Gage
Area[1]
 • Total 0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Land 0.77 sq mi (1.99 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 1,240 ft (378 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 331
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 324
 • Density 429.9/sq mi (166.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68318
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-05630
GNIS feature ID 0827509[4]
Website wymorebluesprings.com

Blue Springs is a city in Gage County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 331 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Blue Springs was founded in the 1850s. It was named for the local springs, long thought by Indians thought to hold medicinal powers.[5]

The first post office in Blue Springs was established in 1861.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2), of which, 0.77 square miles (1.99 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 513
1890 963 87.7%
1900 786 −18.4%
1910 712 −9.4%
1920 742 4.2%
1930 700 −5.7%
1940 681 −2.7%
1950 581 −14.7%
1960 509 −12.4%
1970 506 −0.6%
1980 521 3.0%
1990 431 −17.3%
2000 383 −11.1%
2010 331 −13.6%
Est. 2012 324 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 331 people, 147 households, and 97 families residing in the city. The population density was 429.9 inhabitants per square mile (166.0/km2). There were 172 housing units at an average density of 223.4 per square mile (86.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 1.2% Native American, 1.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 147 households of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 10.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.0% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.65.

The median age in the city was 49.3 years. 19.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15.6% were from 25 to 44; 35.1% were from 45 to 64; and 23% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 383 people, 166 households, and 111 families residing in the city. The population density was 485.6 people per square mile (187.2/km²). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 229.5 per square mile (88.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.30% White, 3.13% Native American, 0.26% Pacific Islander, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

There were 166 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.5 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $36,563. Males had a median income of $28,000 versus $17,614 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,269. About 17.1% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.5% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Blue Springs Public Schools are part of the Southern School District, which includes one elementary school (Southern Elementary School, located in Blue Springs) and one high school, Southern High School.

Notable people[edit]

Guy Chamberlin, professional football player

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. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Blue Springs, Gage County". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gage County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 16, 2013.