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Benkelman, Nebraska
Courthouse square
Courthouse square
Location within Dundy County and Nebraska
Location within Dundy County and Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Dundy
Area
 • Total 1.20 sq mi (3.11 km2)
 • Land 1.20 sq mi (3.11 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,986 ft (910 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 953
 • Estimate 
(2019)
790
 • Density 658.88/sq mi (254.34/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
69021
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-04230
GNIS feature ID 0827319
Website benkelmanusa.com

Benkelman is a city in, and the county seat of, Dundy County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 953.

History

Benkelman was originally called Collinsville, in honor of Moses Collins, and under that name was founded circa 1880. In 1882, it was renamed Benkelman by the railroad for J. G. Benkelman, a stock raiser.

Geography

Benkelman is located at 40°3′2″N 101°32′1″W / 40.05056°N 101.53361°W / 40.05056; -101.53361 (40.050615, -101.533660). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 357
1900 296 −17.1%
1910 538 81.8%
1920 1,009 87.5%
1930 1,154 14.4%
1940 1,448 25.5%
1950 1,512 4.4%
1960 1,400 −7.4%
1970 1,349 −3.6%
1980 1,235 −8.5%
1990 1,193 −3.4%
2000 1,006 −15.7%
2010 953 −5.3%
2019 (est.) 790 −17.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 953 people, 445 households, and 242 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,191.3 inhabitants per square mile (460.0/km2). There were 556 housing units at an average density of 695.0 per square mile (268.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 445 households, of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.6% were non-families. 42.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 48.5 years. 22.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 25.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Climate

Climate data for Benkelman, Nebraska (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 42.9
(6.06)
46.3
(7.94)
55.7
(13.17)
65.4
(18.56)
74.8
(23.78)
85.4
(29.67)
91.9
(33.28)
89.9
(32.17)
81.2
(27.33)
68.4
(20.22)
54.2
(12.33)
43.4
(6.33)
66.6
(19.22)
Average low °F (°C) 14.1
(-9.94)
17.6
(-8)
25.6
(-3.56)
34.5
(1.39)
46.3
(7.94)
56.5
(13.61)
62.4
(16.89)
60.3
(15.72)
49.4
(9.67)
35.8
(2.11)
24.2
(-4.33)
14.8
(-9.56)
36.8
(2.67)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.55
(14)
0.59
(15)
1.20
(30.5)
1.96
(49.8)
3.04
(77.2)
2.88
(73.2)
2.93
(74.4)
2.22
(56.4)
1.41
(35.8)
1.59
(40.4)
0.76
(19.3)
0.60
(15.2)
19.73
(501.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 6.2
(15.7)
4.5
(11.4)
4.5
(11.4)
2.7
(6.9)
0.1
(0.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.4
(1)
1.6
(4.1)
3.5
(8.9)
5.5
(14)
28.8
(73.2)
Source: NOAA

Notable people

  • Ward Bond, actor
  • Dave Heineman, 39th Governor of Nebraska
  • Edward W. Snedeker, Lieutenant general in the Marine Corps
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