Downtown Imperial: Broadway, looking north
Location of Imperial, Nebraska
|• Total||2.95 sq mi (7.64 km2)|
|• Land||2.95 sq mi (7.64 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||3,284 ft (1,001 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,122|
|• Density||702.0/sq mi (271.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||0830263|
The original town of Imperial was built on land homesteaded by Thomas Mercier and M.L. Goodrich. These men gave a town lot to anyone who would put up a building and help to start the town. Mercier was the first Post Master and took office on December 14, 1885.
The railroad right of way was graded to Imperial in 1888. The railroad reached Imperial on August 15, 1892. It was built by a division of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. This line left the main line near Culbertson and terminated in Imperial.
When the grade was completed the Lincoln Land Company gave lots to all those who would move their buildings to the "Railroad Addition". Nearly all of the buildings were moved south to the future railroad line and the present location of the business district of the town was established.
National Register of Historic Places listings
- Balcony House (listed 2000), at the corner of 10th and Court Streets. One block west of Broadway on 10th Street
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,071 people, 860 households, and 553 families residing in the city. The population density was 702.0 inhabitants per square mile (271.0 /km2). There were 948 housing units at an average density of 321.4 per square mile (124.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.3% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 9.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.4% of the population.
There were 860 households of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.7% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the city was 41 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 19.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,982 people, 807 households, and 547 families residing in the city. The population density was 787.2 people per square mile (303.7/km²). There were 887 housing units at an average density of 352.3 per square mile (135.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.88% White, 0.05% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 1.61% from other races, and 0.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.15% of the population.
There were 807 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $33,833, and the median income for a family was $42,414. Males had a median income of $28,063 versus $19,405 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,888. About 5.7% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
- Todd Burpo, co-author with Lynn Vincent of the book Heaven is for Real.
- Warren Prall Watters, founding archbishop of the Free Church of Antioch, was born in Imperial.
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- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Univ. of Nebraska, Virtual Nebraska
- Chase County Tourism
- Nebraska State Historical Society
- Chase County Tourism
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- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 18, 2013.
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- Schultz, Jan. "Burpo’s book makes Times Best Seller List". Imperial Republican. No date for article given on website. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
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