North side of 2nd Street in Tilden
|Motto: "A Great Place To Live & Grow"|
Location of Tilden, Nebraska
|• Total||0.74 sq mi (1.92 km2)|
|• Land||0.74 sq mi (1.92 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,683 ft (513 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||951|
|• Density||1,287.8/sq mi (497.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0834109|
Tilden is a city in Antelope and Madison Counties in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The population was 953 at the 2010 census. The Madison County portion of Tilden is part of the Norfolk, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Tilden was originally called Burnett, and under the latter name was laid out by the railroad in 1880. It was then incorporated as Burnett in 1885, but the U.S. Post Office officially changed the name of the village in 1887, after presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden, due to confusion with Bennet, Nebraska. Tilden was incorporated as a city in 1919.
Tilden is located at  The city is located mostly within Madison County with a portion of the city in Antelope County.(42.045297, -97.833599).
Tilden was located on the Cowboy Line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. The line was abandoned in 1992, and with it the antique wigwag signal that protected the main crossing in town. The abandoned line has been converted to the Cowboy Trail, running 321 miles from Norfolk to Chadron; when complete, it will be the longest rails-to-trails line in the United States.
As of the census of 2010, there were 953 people, 403 households, and 262 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,287.8 inhabitants per square mile (497.2 /km2). There were 453 housing units at an average density of 612.2 per square mile (236.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.
There were 403 households of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.0% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 21.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,078 people, 418 households, and 270 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,475.5 people per square mile (570.2/km²). There were 470 housing units at an average density of 643.3 per square mile (248.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.55% White, 0.09% African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 2.13% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.77% of the population.
There were 418 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the city the population was spread with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 92.3 males.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $42,188. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $19,844 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,663. About 7.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 8.456% of those age 65 or over.
- Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame Baseball player
- L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology and science fiction author
- Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament scholar
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- Welcome to Tilden, Nebraska
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