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Ashland, Nebraska
Downtown Ashland: Silver Street
Downtown Ashland: Silver Street
Location of Ashland, Nebraska
Location of Ashland, Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°2′26″N 96°22′21″W / 41.04056°N 96.37250°W / 41.04056; -96.37250Coordinates: 41°2′26″N 96°22′21″W / 41.04056°N 96.37250°W / 41.04056; -96.37250
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Saunders
Area
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.92 km2)
 • Land 1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
Elevation
1,089 ft (332 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,453
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,644
 • Density 2,403.64/sq mi (927.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68003
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-02305
GNIS feature ID 0827094
Website http://www.ashland-ne.com/

Ashland is a city in Saunders County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 2,453 at the 2010 census.

History

Ashland is located at the site of a low-water limestone ledge along the bottom of Salt Creek, an otherwise mud-bottomed stream that was a formidable obstacle for wagon trains on the great westward migrations of the late 1840s and 1850s. The Oxbow Trail, a variant route of the Oregon Trail, ran from Nebraska City (on the Missouri River) to Fort Kearny (on the Platte River), where it joined the main route of the Oregon Trail. The limestone bottom of Salt Creek at Ashland made it an excellent fording site. Ashland was established in 1870 and named after Ashland, the estate of Henry Clay.

Today, Ashland benefits by its proximity to Interstate 80 and the cities of Omaha and Lincoln. While in some respects Ashland is becoming a "bedroom community" of those much larger cities, it retains a rural character. That coherence as a community, and a 30-minute drive to either of the state's economic hubs, has led to a building boom in the late 1990s and the 2000s.

Geography

Ashland is located at 41°2′26″N 96°22′21″W / 41.04056°N 96.37250°W / 41.04056; -96.37250 (41.040548, -96.372389).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), of which 1.10 square miles (2.85 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 653
1880 978 49.8%
1890 1,601 63.7%
1900 1,477 −7.7%
1910 1,379 −6.6%
1920 1,725 25.1%
1930 1,786 3.5%
1940 1,709 −4.3%
1950 1,713 0.2%
1960 1,989 16.1%
1970 2,176 9.4%
1980 2,274 4.5%
1990 2,136 −6.1%
2000 2,262 5.9%
2010 2,453 8.4%
2019 (est.) 2,644 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 2,453 people, 951 households, and 639 families living in the city. The population density was 2,230.0 inhabitants per square mile (861.0/km2). There were 1,060 housing units at an average density of 963.6 per square mile (372.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino individuals of any race were 2.6%.

Of the 951 households 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.1% of households were one person and 12.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age was 37 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Notable people

Ashland is the hometown of astronaut Clayton Anderson.

Ashland is the hometown of Jeff Raikes, former chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and, until 2008, president of the Microsoft Business Division.

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