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Axtell, Nebraska
Village
Downtown Axtell: east side of Main Street
Downtown Axtell: east side of Main Street
Nickname(s): 
The Windmill City
Location of Axtell, Nebraska
Location of Axtell, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Kearney
Incorporated 1885
Area
 • Total 0.46 sq mi (1.20 km2)
 • Land 0.46 sq mi (1.20 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,224 ft (678 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 726
 • Estimate 
(2019)
751
 • Density 1,618.53/sq mi (624.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68924
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-02830
GNIS feature ID 0835239

Axtell is a village in western Kearney County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Kearney, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 726 at the 2010 census.

History

The first settlement at Axtell was made in the 1870s. Axtell was incorporated as a village in 1885 when the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad was extended to that point. It was named for a railroad worker.

Geography

Axtell is located at 40°28′48″N 99°7′38″W / 40.48000°N 99.12722°W / 40.48000; -99.12722 (40.479905, -99.127265).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.44 square miles (1.14 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 262
1900 329 25.6%
1910 394 19.8%
1920 385 −2.3%
1930 328 −14.8%
1940 295 −10.1%
1950 352 19.3%
1960 477 35.5%
1970 500 4.8%
1980 602 20.4%
1990 707 17.4%
2000 696 −1.6%
2010 726 4.3%
2019 (est.) 751 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 726 people, 276 households, and 208 families living in the village. The population density was 1,650.0 inhabitants per square mile (637.1/km2). There were 293 housing units at an average density of 665.9 per square mile (257.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.4% White, 0.6% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 276 households, of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.6% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the village was 36.2 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Culture

Axtell became known as "The Windmill City" for the large number of windmill within the community.

Axtell is also known as the home of Mosaic - Bethphage Village of Axtell, which provides services for the developmentally disabled. Bethphage was founded in 1913 by K. G. William Dahl, a minister of the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Economy

Basic economic activities in Axtell include farming and farm related occupations.

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