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Arthur, Nebraska
Downtown Arthur
Downtown Arthur
Location of Arthur, Nebraska
Location of Arthur, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Arthur
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Land 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,655 ft (1,114 m)
 • Total 117
 • Estimate 
 • Density 380.65/sq mi (146.85/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-02200
GNIS feature ID 0827062

Arthur is a village in, and the county seat of Arthur County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 117 at the 2010 census.


Arthur was founded in 1914 as the planned seat of the newly formed Arthur County. The town took its name from Arthur County, which was named for President Chester A. Arthur. Arthur was incorporated as a village in 1944.

Historic sites

Two sites in Arthur are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Pilgrim Holiness Church was built in 1928 out of straw bales, in response to the region's dearth of trees or construction sod. The First Arthur County Courthouse and Jail complex was built in 1914-15; the courthouse is billed as the smallest ever built in the United States. Both sites are now maintained by the Arthur County Historical Society.


Arthur is located at 41°34′20″N 101°41′27″W / 41.572244°N 101.690738°W / 41.572244; -101.690738 (41.572244, -101.690738), in the Nebraska Sandhills.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Arthur has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 176
1960 165 −6.2%
1970 175 6.1%
1980 124 −29.1%
1990 128 3.2%
2000 145 13.3%
2010 117 −19.3%
2019 (est.) 118 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 117 people, 61 households, and 35 families residing in the village. The population density was 377.4 inhabitants per square mile (145.7/km2). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 264.5 per square mile (102.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.1% White and 0.9% Asian.

There were 61 households, of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.6% were non-families. 42.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.60.

The median age in the village was 52.5 years. 20.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 13.7% were from 25 to 44; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 28.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.3% male and 48.7% female.


The Arthur Municipal Airport is located about one mile (about a kilometer and a half) southwest of Arthur's central business district. The runways are unpaved. The airport handles about 25 operations per year.

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