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Census Data for Nebraska City ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Nebraska City a population of 7,313 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Nebraska City a population of 7,289 people.

The city of Nebraska City is located in Otoe County. The 2010 Census gave Otoe County a population of 15,740 people. This means that Nebraska City had 46.31% of the county's total population, making it Otoe's most populous community.

At the same time, Nebraska had a population of 1,826,341 people, meaning that Nebraska City had 0.4% of the total population of Nebraska - making it the state's 22nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Nebraska City, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Nebraska City reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Nebraska City might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Nebraska City has a total area of 4.69 square miles [12.1 km²].

Otoe County has a land area of 615 square miles [1,594.5 km²]. At 4.69 square miles [12.1 km²], Nebraska City has 0.76% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   40° 40' 31"   (or 40.68°)             [Map]

Lon:   -95° 51' 40"   (or -95.86°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (7,289 people) and land area (4.69 square miles [12.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Nebraska City had a population density of 1,554 people per square mile [600 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Nebraska City had a population of 7,228 people and a land area of 4.42 square miles [11.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,633 people per square mile [630 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Nebraska City. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Nebraska City had 3,265 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 7,289 people, this averages 2.23 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Nebraska City had a land area of 4.69 square miles [12.1 km²]. This translates to 696 Housing Units per square mile [268.8 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Nebraska City had 3,154 Housing Units, a population of 7,228 people and a land area of 4.42 square miles [11.5 km²]. This gives a density of 2.29 people per Housing Unit and 712 Housing Units per square mile [275.2 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Nebraska City and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Otoe County ...

The community of Nebraska City is located in Otoe County and is the County Seat for Otoe County.

The county had a population of 15,740 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 7,289 people, Nebraska City represented 46.31% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Nebraska City has a population density of 1,554 people per square mile [600 people/km²], Otoe County averages 25.57 people per square mile [9.87 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Otoe County.

Population Rings for Nebraska City ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Nebraska City and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Nebraska City. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]17,313+0.33%
10 mi   [16 km]57,842+0.42%
15 mi   [24 km]1512,193-2.41%
20 mi   [32 km]2521,336-2.36%
25 mi   [40 km]3430,941-2.09%
30 mi   [48 km]5349,355-1.79%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Nebraska City, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Nebraska City. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 6% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Nebraska City was 4.69 square miles [12.1 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 4.42 square miles [11.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Nebraska City, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Nebraska City.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   40.675373°   (or 40°40'31" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -95.861244°   (or -95°51'40" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   40.676247°   (or 40°40'34" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -95.859659°   (or -95°51'34" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 541 feet to the southwest<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2395162) to Nebraska City. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Nebraska City. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   40.675523°   (or 40°40'31" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -95.861354°   (or -95°51'40" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 62.6 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Nebraska City. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Nebraska City.

Miscellaneous Information for Nebraska City ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Otoe County or the city of Nebraska City:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Nebraska City:

GNIS ID for Nebraska City: 2395162

GNIS ID for Otoe County: 835887

GNIS ID for Nebraska: 1779792

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 31 (Nebraska)

County Code: 131 (Otoe County)

Place Code: 33705 (Nebraska City)

State & County Code: 31/131 (Nebraska / Otoe County)

State & Place Code: 31/33705 (Nebraska / Nebraska City)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Nebraska City is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Nebraska City.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Otoe County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

The official website for Otoe County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2017.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 126 degrees and a distance of 541 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 209 degrees and a distance of 62.6 feet.

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