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Brule, Nebraska
Downtown Brule, seen from south of U.S. Highway 30
Downtown Brule, seen from south of U.S. Highway 30
"Come On In...Visit & Relax"
Location of Brule, Nebraska
Location of Brule, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Keith
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Land 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,291 ft (1,003 m)
 • Total 326
 • Estimate 
 • Density 987.06/sq mi (381.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-06785
GNIS feature ID 0827701

Brule is a village in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 326 at the 2010 census. The village is named after the Brule Sioux, who camped at that location.


The village was founded in 1886 with the purchase of a quarter acre of land. The arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad helped the village grow. Major Isaac Barton and his wife Elizabeth purchased the land.


Brule is located at 41°5′45″N 101°53′20″W / 41.09583°N 101.88889°W / 41.09583; -101.88889 (41.095882, -101.888889).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), all of it land.

The village is located on U.S. Highway 30 and is one mile north of Interstate 80.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 329
1940 581 76.6%
1950 330 −43.2%
1960 370 12.1%
1970 423 14.3%
1980 438 3.5%
1990 411 −6.2%
2000 372 −9.5%
2010 326 −12.4%
2019 (est.) 305 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 326 people, 156 households, and 91 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,051.6 inhabitants per square mile (406.0/km2). There were 185 housing units at an average density of 596.8 per square mile (230.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the population.

There were 156 households, of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.7% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.69.

The median age in the village was 50 years. 18.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.1% were from 25 to 44; 33.4% were from 45 to 64; and 24.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.


The village celebrates Brule Day every year on August 1. The festivities attract tourists from far away, who come to Brule to experience the small town atmosphere it provides.

See also

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