Stromsburg, Nebraska

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Stromsburg, Nebraska
City
Official logo of Stromsburg, Nebraska
Logo
Nickname(s): Swede Capital of Nebraska
Location in the state of Nebraska, USA
Location in the state of Nebraska, USA
Coordinates: 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361Coordinates: 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Polk
Government
 • Mayor Ken Everingham
Area[1]
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,677 ft (511 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,171
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 1,140
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68666
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-47465[4]
GNIS feature ID 0833862[5]
Website www.stromsburgnebraska.com
Center of Stromsburg town square

Stromsburg is a city in Polk County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,171 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Stromsburg was settled early in Nebraska history. A group of Swedish settlers coming from the town of Ockelbo arrived in the 1860s after several years in Illinois. This group had a leader named Lewis Headstrom, who was a real estate agent. Seeing some similarities to their old Swedish homeland the settlers formed what would be called Stromsburg, named after a section of Ockelbo, Sweden.[6] By the 1880s two brickyards were in operation in the town. Many buildings from ‘native’ brick still stand, including the Viking Center, now a community center that was originally The Opera House; the Cornerstone Bank; two businesses on the east side of the square; and several homes. Brick streets still surround the city square in Stromsburg. A brick Carnegie library was built in Stromsburg in 1918. The downtown area of Stromsburg has a town square in its center. This square forms a park, with lawns and mature trees, where festivals and events are held. In the center of the square is a two story Swedish style building made of brick with decorative toll painting and the phrase "Välkommen" (Swedish for "Welcome").

Stromsburg was given the title of the “Swede Capital of Nebraska” by Governor Frank B. Morrison in 1966 at the Swedish Festival. The Swedish festival is held in June each year and showcases Stromburg's Swedish heritage.

Stromsburg Public School was established in 1887. It operated until 2002, when the Stromsburg district consolidated with Benedict, Nebraska to form Cross County Community School.

Stromsburg Library

Geography[edit]

Stromsburg is located at 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361 (41.115580, -97.593551).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2), all of it land.[1]

Swedish Festival[edit]

Every summer, Stromsburg holds its weekend-long Swedish Festival, a celebration of the town's Swedish heritage. Traditional Swedish foods are prepared and sold in Grandma's Kitchen, and the Stromsburg Public Library hosts events that deal with genealogy or Swedish heritage. Craft shows and live Viking demonstrations are staged.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,154
1910 1,355 17.4%
1920 1,361 0.4%
1930 1,320 −3.0%
1940 1,127 −14.6%
1950 1,231 9.2%
1960 1,244 1.1%
1970 1,215 −2.3%
1980 1,290 6.2%
1990 1,241 −3.8%
2000 1,232 −0.7%
2010 1,171 −5.0%
Est. 2016 1,140 [3] −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,171 people, 457 households, and 310 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,159.4 inhabitants per square mile (447.6/km2). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 527.7 per square mile (203.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 457 households of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.2% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 46.4 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64; and 27.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,232 people, 487 households, and 320 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,214.2 people per square mile (471.0/km²). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 525.3 per square mile (203.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.19% White, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 487 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 31.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,250, and the median income for a family was $45,250. Males had a median income of $32,132 versus $18,600 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,235. About 4.0% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under the age of 18 and 3.5% of those 65 and older.

Government[edit]

Stromsburg is governed by Mayor Ken Everingham and a four-member city council.[10]

Notable people[edit]

Stromsburg brick street and Valkommen sign

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. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Stromsburg, Polk County". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ Official Site of the Swedish Festival.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "About Stromsburg, Nebraska". Retrieved 2011-05-02.

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