Houses and streets in Lyons
Location of Lyons, Nebraska
|• Total||0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)|
|• Land||0.68 sq mi (1.76 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||1,293 ft (394 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||814|
|• Density||1,200/sq mi (480/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0830977|
Lyons was founded in 1880 by Waldo Lyons, and named for him.
The founder was against the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and prohibition remained in force until overcome by a public referendum in 1968.
Lyons is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.69 square miles (1.79 km2), of which, 0.68 square miles (1.76 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.(41.936110, -96.472255).
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 851 people, 395 households, and 228 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,251.5 inhabitants per square mile (483.2/km2). There were 457 housing units at an average density of 672.1 per square mile (259.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.1% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.
There were 395 households of which 19.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.3% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.66.
The median age in the city was 51.7 years. 16.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 30.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.8% male and 54.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 963 people, 423 households, and 280 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,377.2 people per square mile (531.2/km²). There were 474 housing units at an average density of 677.9 per square mile (261.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.13% White, 0.31% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.19% of the population.
There were 423 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 27.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,804, and the median income for a family was $35,625. Males had a median income of $27,563 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,368. About 6.7% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.
Points of Interest
Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons is home to the Center for Rural Affairs, a private non-profit organization. The organization's mission statement is: "Establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities." It was established in Walthill, Nebraska in 1973, and moved to Lyons in 2004.
The Center's positions are generally characterized as liberal/progressive. It has issued a number of releases commending the health-care measure passed by Congress in 2010, has opposed the elimination of the estate tax, and has condemned judicial rulings "designed to protect corporate interests".
The Storefront Theater is located on Main Street in Lyons. It is one of four projects that are a part of the Byway of Art project created through a $200,000 ArtPlace America grant awarded to the Center for Rural Affairs. The Byway of Art project was created by former Lyons resident Adele Phillips and conceptual artist Matthew Mazzotta. The Storefront Theater creates a seating and performance area on the street. When not in use the structure appears to be a typical storefront. However, what appears to be a standard building consists of a false facade that lowers down toward the street and over the sidewalk. Bleachers behind the storefront theater pull out for seating. The Storefront Theater was selected as part of the Americans for the Arts 2016 Public Art Network Year in Review program.
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