Shamrock painted on pavement at 4th and Douglas
|Motto: "The Irish Capital Of Nebraska"|
Location of O'Neill, Nebraska
|• Total||2.38 sq mi (6.16 km2)|
|• Land||2.38 sq mi (6.16 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,988 ft (606 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||3,684|
|• Density||1,556.7/sq mi (601.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0831786 |
O'Neill is named after its founder, John O'Neill, an Irish born American who brought settlers to Nebraska during the 1870s. Born in Clontibret, Co Monaghan, Ireland, he had previously served as a Colonel in the United States Army before resigning his commission and becoming active in the Fenian Brotherhood. It was this involvement in radical Irish politics that led him to become involved in the abortive Fenian raids of 1866, 1870, and 1871. Following a short prison term for his involvement in the 1871 raid, O'Neill became a land speculator and promoter of Irish settlement in Nebraska. He died in January 1878.
The community was incorporated in 1882.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,705 people, 1,593 households, and 970 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,556.7 inhabitants per square mile (601.0 /km2). There were 1,778 housing units at an average density of 747.1 per square mile (288.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 3.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population.
There were 1,593 households of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.1% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.
The median age in the city was 42.8 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,733 people, 1,554 households, and 988 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,580.7 people per square mile (610.7/km²). There were 1,740 housing units at an average density of 736.8 per square mile (284.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.53% White, 0.03% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.
There were 1,554 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 33.8% 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 2.33 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,815, and the median income for a family was $40,063. Males had a median income of $28,614 versus $18,627 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,998. About 5.0% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Annual cultural events
Saint Patrick's Day and the Summerfest in July are the town's main celebrations.
Museums and other points of interest
For now, O'Neill houses the world's largest permanent shamrock. Made of colored concrete, it was installed in the main intersection of 4th & Douglas in 2000.
O'Neill has two high schools, O'Neill High School and St. Mary's.
The local radio station is KBRX, 102.9FM, 1350AM. Both bands play country music most of the time, though the AM band also has blocks of polka ("milking music") in the morning and oldies in the evening. The Holt County Independent is O'Neill's local newspaper.
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Until 1992, O'Neill was served by the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. The line, known as the "Cowboy Line", ran from Norfolk, Nebraska to Chadron. The line has since been removed and "railbanked"; it is now part of the Cowboy Trail, the longest bike trail in Nebraska.
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- Clayton Danks (1879-1970), three-time Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo winner, model of the Wyoming cowboy symbol; born in O'Neill in 1879
- Helen Duhamel (1904–1991), Rapid City, South Dakota, businesswoman and broadcaster, attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in O'Neill
- Father Edward Flanagan, who went on to establish Boys Town, first served as a Catholic priest at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill.
- Thomas Kearns, U.S. Senator, Utah Mining magnate and owner of Salt Lake Tribune, an O'Neill native
- Moses Kinkaid, U.S. Representative from Nebraska and sponsor of the Kinkaid Act
- Tyson Larson, Nebraska State Senator, currently lives in O'Neill and represents legislative district 40 which encompasses a six county area that includes Holt County and the city of O'Neill.
- Frank Leahy, American college football coach
- Mike Johanns, U.S. Senator, started his career as an attorney in O'Neill
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