Crete, Nebraska

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Crete, Nebraska
Downtown Crete: Main Avenue, looking south from 13th Street
Downtown Crete: Main Avenue, looking south from 13th Street
Location of Crete within Saline County and Nebraska
Location of Crete within Saline County and Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°37′29″N 96°57′33″W / 40.62472°N 96.95917°W / 40.62472; -96.95917Coordinates: 40°37′29″N 96°57′33″W / 40.62472°N 96.95917°W / 40.62472; -96.95917
CountryUnited States
StateNebraska
CountySaline
Area
 • Total2.97 sq mi (7.69 km2)
 • Land2.92 sq mi (7.56 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
1,352 ft (412 m)
Population
 • Total6,960
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
7,059
 • Density2,300/sq mi (910/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68333
Area code(s)402
FIPS code31-11370
GNIS feature ID0828460[4]
Websitehttp://www.crete-ne.com/

Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The railroad was extended to the area in 1870, bringing settlers. In 1871, two rival towns merged to form a new town, which was named after Crete, Illinois, the former hometown of an early settler.[5] The name was also chosen to conform with the alphabetical stops on the new Burlington & Quincy Railroad line traveling westward from Lincoln: Berks, Crete, Dorchester, Exeter, Fairmont, Grafton, Huxley, etc.[6] Crete was once a contender for county seat.[7]

On February 18, 1969, Crete was the site of a railroad accident that released a fog of anhydrous ammonia fumes from a ruptured railroad tank car, killing five residents and seriously injuring 11 others in their homes. [8] Another three people, hoboes who had been riding on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad freight train as it traveled from Denver to Chicago, died of injuries sustained in the train derailment.

Geography[edit]

Crete is located at 40°37′29″N 96°57′33″W / 40.62472°N 96.95917°W / 40.62472; -96.95917 (40.624790, -96.959178).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.97 square miles (7.69 km2), of which, 2.92 square miles (7.56 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,870
18902,31023.5%
19002,199−4.8%
19102,4049.3%
19202,4451.7%
19302,86517.2%
19403,0386.0%
19503,69221.5%
19603,546−4.0%
19704,44425.3%
19804,8729.6%
19904,841−0.6%
20006,02824.5%
20106,96015.5%
Est. 20167,059[3]1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2012 Estimate[11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 6,960 people, 2,199 households, and 1,447 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,383.6 inhabitants per square mile (920.3/km2). There were 2,389 housing units at an average density of 818.2 per square mile (315.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.6% White, 1.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 23.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 35.7% of the population.

There were 2,199 households of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.2% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.41.

The median age in the city was 28.5 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 19.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 20% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,028 people, 2,078 households, and 1,317 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,541.9 people per square mile (982.0/km²). There were 2,188 housing units at an average density of 922.7 per square mile (356.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.48% White, 0.76% African American, 0.73% Native American, 3.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.90% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 13.50% of the population.

There were 2,078 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 20.1% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,098, and the median income for a family was $43,295. Males had a median income of $30,778 versus $25,459 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,936. About 7.8% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Crete, Saline". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Saronville, Clay County". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 135.
  8. ^ "Eight Killed As Ammonia Gas Escapes" — Tank Car Splits, Explodes Near Nebraska Town", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 19, 1969, p2
  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". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 16, 2013.