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Battle Creek, Nebraska
Historical marker at northern outskirts of Battle Creek, describing the 1859 events for which the creek and the city were named
Historical marker at northern outskirts of Battle Creek, describing the 1859 events for which the creek and the city were named
Location of Battle Creek, Nebraska
Location of Battle Creek, Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°59′57″N 97°35′56″W / 41.99917°N 97.59889°W / 41.99917; -97.59889Coordinates: 41°59′57″N 97°35′56″W / 41.99917°N 97.59889°W / 41.99917; -97.59889
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Madison
Area
 • Total 0.71 sq mi (1.83 km2)
 • Land 0.71 sq mi (1.83 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,588 ft (484 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,207
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,187
 • Density 1,681.30/sq mi (649.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68715
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-03250
GNIS feature ID 0827218

Battle Creek is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Norfolk, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,207 at the 2010 census.

History

In 1859, following complaints of Pawnee depredations against settlers in the Elkhorn River valley, a combined force of Nebraska Territorial Militia under the command of General John Milton Thayer and 2nd U.S. Army Dragoons under Lieutenant Beverly Holcombe Robertson prepared to attack a Pawnee village. Rather than fighting, the Pawnees surrendered before the attack could be launched. Chief Petalesharu draped an American flag over his shoulders and held a peace pipe while confronting the soldiers to stop the fight from taking place, ending the Pawnee War of 1859. Although no battle occurred, the nearby stream was dubbed Battle Creek. The town founded in the area in 1867 took the creek's name for itself.

Geography

Battle Creek is located at 41°59′57″N 97°35′56″W / 41.99917°N 97.59889°W / 41.99917; -97.59889 (41.999047, -97.599005).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 123
1890 352 186.2%
1900 506 43.8%
1910 597 18.0%
1920 743 24.5%
1930 755 1.6%
1940 702 −7.0%
1950 630 −10.3%
1960 587 −6.8%
1970 768 30.8%
1980 948 23.4%
1990 997 5.2%
2000 1,158 16.1%
2010 1,207 4.2%
2019 (est.) 1,187 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,207 people in 457 households, including 321 families, in the city. The population density was 1,700.0 inhabitants per square mile (656.4/km2). There were 480 housing units at an average density of 676.1 per square mile (261.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.1% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8%.

Of the 457 households 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.8% were non-families. 25.8% of households were one person and 14% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age was 39.7 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

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