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Blair, Nebraska
Washington Street
Washington Street
Location of Blair within Washington County and Nebraska
Location of Blair within Washington County and Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Washington
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
Area
 • Total 5.53 sq mi (14.31 km2)
 • Land 5.51 sq mi (14.27 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
1,070 ft (326 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,990
 • Estimate 
(2019)
7,892
 • Density 1,432.56/sq mi (553.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
68008-68009
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-05350
GNIS feature ID 0827479
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Blair and the Blair Bridge on June 20, 2011, during the 2011 Missouri River floods

Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census.

History

Blair was platted in 1869 when the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. It was named for railroad magnate John Insley Blair, who was credited with bringing the railroad to town. Within its first year, Blair was designated county seat. Blair was incorporated as a city in 1872.

Geography

Blair is located at 41°32′44″N 96°8′4″W / 41.54556°N 96.13444°W / 41.54556; -96.13444 (41.545562, -96.134383). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.51 square miles (14.27 km2), of which, 5.49 square miles (14.22 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Blair has its own hospital, the Memorial Community Hospital, and being the county seat, also has a courthouse located in town.

Blair Cemetery 2007 Blair NE
Municipal Cemetery

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 494
1880 1,317 166.6%
1890 2,069 57.1%
1900 2,970 43.5%
1910 2,584 −13.0%
1920 2,702 4.6%
1930 2,791 3.3%
1940 3,289 17.8%
1950 3,815 16.0%
1960 4,931 29.3%
1970 6,106 23.8%
1980 6,418 5.1%
1990 6,860 6.9%
2000 7,512 9.5%
2010 7,990 6.4%
2019 (est.) 7,892 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 7,990 people, 3,110 households, and 2,005 families living in the city. The population density was 1,455.4 inhabitants per square mile (561.9/km2). There were 3,351 housing units at an average density of 610.4 per square mile (235.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9%.

Of the 3,110 households 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.5% were non-families. 30.3% of households were one person and 13.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age was 36 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 15.3% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Points of interest

  • Part of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum collection
  • Blair was home to the now defunct Dana College
  • From 1896-1954, Blair was home to Trinity Seminary, a school of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Blair is located along the historic Lincoln Highway

Education

It is a part of the Blair Community Schools which operates Blair High School.

Blair was home to the now defunct Dana College (1884 to 2010).

Notable people

  • Kent Bellows - artist
  • Clete Blakeman - professional football official
  • Bob Cerv - baseball player
  • Bill Danenhauer - professional wrestler
  • Mike Hollingshead - photographer
  • Megan Hunt - Nebraska State Senator, Legislative District 8
  • Mick Mines - Nebraska state senator
  • Otto Schmidt - US Navy Medal of Honor recipient
  • Tom Seaton - baseball player
  • Paul Simon - Democratic Congressman, Senator, and presidential candidate
  • Rod Whitaker - novelist

See also

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