Downtown Wauneta: Tecumseh Avenue, looking north
Location of Wauneta, Nebraska
|• Total||0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)|
|• Land||0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||2,943 ft (897 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||591|
|• Density||594.8/sq mi (229.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||0834507|
Wauneta is a village in Chase County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 577 at the 2010 census. It lies along U.S. Route 6 and Nebraska Highway 61  southeast of the city of Imperial, the county seat of Chase County.> Its elevation is 2,942 feet (897 m). Wauneta’s ZIP code is 69045.
The first white settlers at Wauneta were George Rowley and his wife who built a sod house at the Wauneta Falls in 1875. The first post office was established in 1877. A post office has continuously served Wauneta since 1886. The local newspaper “The Wauneta Breeze” has served the community since 1887.
National Register of Historic Places listings
Wauneta is located at (40.417072, -101.372019).
As of the census of 2010, there were 577 people, 269 households, and 150 families residing in the village. The population density was 594.8 inhabitants per square mile (229.7 /km2). There were 307 housing units at an average density of 316.5 per square mile (122.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 3.5% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.6% of the population.
There were 269 households of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.2% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.72.
The median age in the village was 50.4 years. 18.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 32.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 625 people, 280 households, and 180 families residing in the village. The population density was 817.4 people per square mile (317.5/km²). There were 325 housing units at an average density of 425.1 per square mile (165.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.16% White, 0.16% Black or African American, none Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 2.72% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.
There were 280 households out of which 23.2% 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, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.65.
In the village the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 34.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the village was $29,813, and the median income for a family was $33,500. Males had a median income of $24,750 versus $16,932 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,385. About 7.2% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
Dr. George S. Metcalf, archeologist, historian, long-time employee of the Smithsonian Institution
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- Nebraska Highway Logbook
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- USPS Zip Code Lookup
- History of Wauneta
- Nebraska State Historical Society
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- Dr. George S. Metcalf Collection