Wilber, Nebraska

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Wilber, Nebraska
City
A mural in Wilber depicting "Czech Capital of the USA"
A mural in Wilber depicting "Czech Capital of the USA"
Location of Wilber, Nebraska
Location of Wilber, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°28′55″N 96°57′45″W / 40.48194°N 96.96250°W / 40.48194; -96.96250Coordinates: 40°28′55″N 96°57′45″W / 40.48194°N 96.96250°W / 40.48194; -96.96250
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Saline
Area[1]
 • Total 0.90 sq mi (2.33 km2)
 • Land 0.90 sq mi (2.33 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,329 ft (405 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,855
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,897
 • Density 2,061.1/sq mi (795.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68465
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-52960
GNIS feature ID 0834704[4]

Wilber is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,855 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Saline County.[5] Wilber is the official "Czech Capital of the USA" and hosts an annual Czech festival in August. Wilber's school is the Wilber-Clatonia High School.

History[edit]

Wilber was platted in 1873[6] by C. D. Wilber, and named for him.[7] In 1878, the seat of Saline County was transferred to Wilber from Pleasant Hill.[8]

Geography[edit]

Wilber is located at 40°28′55″N 96°57′45″W / 40.48194°N 96.96250°W / 40.48194; -96.96250 (40.481838, -96.962376).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.90 square miles (2.33 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 710
1890 1,226 72.7%
1900 1,054 −14.0%
1910 1,219 15.7%
1920 1,255 3.0%
1930 1,352 7.7%
1940 1,355 0.2%
1950 1,356 0.1%
1960 1,358 0.1%
1970 1,483 9.2%
1980 1,624 9.5%
1990 1,527 −6.0%
2000 1,761 15.3%
2010 1,855 5.3%
Est. 2012 1,897 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2012 Estimate[11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,855 people, 696 households, and 449 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,061.1 inhabitants per square mile (795.8/km2). There were 782 housing units at an average density of 868.9 per square mile (335.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.5% White, 1.8% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 3.6% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.8% of the population.

There were 696 households of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.5% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 38.8 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 23.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,761 people, 728 households, and 457 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,960.2 people per square mile (755.5/km²). There were 795 housing units at an average density of 884.9 per square mile (341.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.33% White, 0.06% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.

There were 728 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $36,513, and the median income for a family was $45,556. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $21,824 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,249. About 4.4% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Czech Capital of the United States[edit]

Wilber, Nebraska - Czech Capital of the United States

Wilber was declared the official Czech Capital of the United States on July 10, 1987, in a decree signed by then President Ronald Reagan. Wilber hosts the annual Czech Days festival which celebrates the city's Czech heritage.

Notable residents[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. ^ "Wilber, Saline". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-8032-5060-6.  A 1925 edition is available for download at University of Nebraska—Lincoln Digital Commons.
  8. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 135. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 16, 2013.