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The city of Central City is located in Merrick County<1> and is the County Seat for Merrick County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Central City, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1875.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Central City has a population of 2,896 people<2> (see below for details).

Central City is 1,690 feet [515 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Central City lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Central City is within the boundaries of the (308) area code.

The ZIP code for Central City: 68826<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Central City had an population of 2,896 people. This is a decrease of 1.3% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 3.4% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Central City had a population of 2,934 people (which is 37.4% of the total population of Merrick County). This makes Central City the county's most populous community.

The population of Central City represents 0.16% of the total population of Nebraska (which has 1,826,341 people), making it the state's 45th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,934 people, the population of Central City decreased 2.13% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,998 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Central City.

Communities Also Named Central City ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 23 communities that are also named Central City - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas (2), Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (2), Iowa, Kansas (5), Kentucky, Missouri (2), Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2) and South Dakota.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Central City.

Communities near Central City ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Central City.

  • Aurora
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aurora have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aurora
    • Aurora is located in Hamilton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,490 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aurora <6>
  • Fullerton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Palmer
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palmer have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmer
    • Palmer is located in Merrick County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 473 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Palmer <6>
  • Hampton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Clarks
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarks have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarks
    • Clarks is located in Merrick County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 345 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarks <6>
  • Polk
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
  • Phillips
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
  • Chapman
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Marquette
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
  • Hordville
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Central City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Central City.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Central City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Central City.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Central City. Our list includes 12 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Central City.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Central City ...

Looking for more information about Central City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Central City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Central City.

Adding Central City to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Central City in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Central City was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Central City post office opened in 1875.

We also found Central City on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Nebraska (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Central City.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Central City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Nebraska's counties, including Merrick, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Central City.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Central City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Central City). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Central City or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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