Minden, Nebraska

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Minden, Nebraska
City
Display at Pioneer Village in Minden
Display at Pioneer Village in Minden
Location of Minden, Nebraska
Location of Minden, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°29′53″N 98°57′4″W / 40.49806°N 98.95111°W / 40.49806; -98.95111Coordinates: 40°29′53″N 98°57′4″W / 40.49806°N 98.95111°W / 40.49806; -98.95111
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Kearney
Area[1]
 • Total 2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Land 2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,172 ft (662 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,923
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,960
 • Density 1,359.5/sq mi (524.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68959
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-32340
GNIS feature ID 0831340[4]
Website http://www.mindennebraska.org/

Minden is a city in Kearney County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 2,923 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Kearney County.[5] It has possessed a post office since 1876.[6]

Minden is part of the Kearney, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Minden was established in 1876.[7] It was named after Minden, in Germany.[8] Minden was originally built up chiefly by Germans.[9]

Minden holds the record for the highest recorded temperature in Nebraska, at 118 °F (48 °C), set on July 24, 1936 during the 1936 North American heat wave.[10]

Geography[edit]

Minden is located at 40°29′53″N 98°57′4″W / 40.49806°N 98.95111°W / 40.49806; -98.95111 (40.498114, -98.951091).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.15 square miles (5.57 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 98
1890 1,380 1,308.2%
1900 1,238 −10.3%
1910 1,559 25.9%
1920 1,527 −2.1%
1930 1,716 12.4%
1940 1,848 7.7%
1950 2,120 14.7%
1960 2,383 12.4%
1970 2,669 12.0%
1980 2,939 10.1%
1990 2,749 −6.5%
2000 2,964 7.8%
2010 2,923 −1.4%
Est. 2012 2,960 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
2012 Estimate[13]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,923 people, 1,256 households, and 791 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,359.5 inhabitants per square mile (524.9/km2). There were 1,339 housing units at an average density of 622.8 per square mile (240.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.

There were 1,256 households of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.0% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 43.1 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 22.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,964 people, 1,185 households, and 811 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,809.7 people per square mile (697.8/km²). There were 1,269 housing units at an average density of 774.8 per square mile (298.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.65% White, 0.17% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 1,185 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 27.8% 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 2.38 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $40,092, and the median income for a family was $47,356. Males had a median income of $29,267 versus $18,929 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,847. About 2.3% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Building with strings of colored lights running from top of cupola to sides of square
Christmas lights in Minden's courthouse square

Attractions[edit]

Minden is the home of Harold Warp's Pioneer Village.

Minden bills itself as "Nebraska's Christmas City", illuminating the courthouse square with a display of over 12,000 bulbs and staging an annual Christmas pageant titled "The Light Of The World". The lighting of the courthouse was begun in 1915, when lights were acquired with the intention of stringing them from the railroad station to the town square for the state G.A.R. convention; weather precluded this use, and the lights were repurposed for a Christmas display.[14]

Notable people[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. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ [1] Post Offices in Kearney County, Nebraska
  7. ^ Capace, Nancy (1999). Encyclopedia of Nebraska. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-403-09834-7. 
  8. ^ "Profile for Minden, NE". ePodunk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 84. ISBN 0-8032-5060-6.  A 1925 edition is available for download at University of Nebraska—Lincoln Digital Commons.
  10. ^ Marsh, Carole (1 September 2000). The Big Nebraska Reproducible Activity Book. Gallopade International. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-7933-9948-2. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Christmas City". Minden, Nebraska website. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  15. ^ "BINDERUP, Charles Gustav, (1873 - 1950)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ "CURTIS, Carl Thomas, (1905 - 2000)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Nebraska Governor Norbert T. Tiemann". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ Exploring Nebraska Highways: Trip Trivia. Exploring America's Highway. 2007. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-9744358-7-9.