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Butte, Nebraska
Village
Downtown Butte in 2010
Downtown Butte in 2010
Location of Butte within County and State
Location of Butte within County and State
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Boyd
Area
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.08 km2)
 • Land 0.42 sq mi (1.08 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,811 ft (552 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 326
 • Estimate 
(2019)
303
 • Density 726.62/sq mi (280.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68722
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-07485
GNIS feature ID 0827820
Website buttenebraska.com

Butte is a small town in, and the county seat of, Boyd County, Nebraska, United States. Its population was 326 according to the 2010 census, down from 366 in 2000.

History

Butte was named from the small hills, or buttes, near the town site.

The Central Interstate Low Level Radioactive Waste Compact and US Ecology purchased land 2 miles west of Butte in the early 1990s. The land was to become the site of the compact's dump; however following extensive controversy, the dump was eventually removed from consideration. Nebraska was officially removed from the compact after a series of long court battles that ended in 2004. The state of Nebraska had to pay a settlement and there have been attempts made to sell the compact's land just outside Butte.

Geography

Butte is located at 42°54′42″N 98°50′49″W / 42.91167°N 98.84694°W / 42.91167; -98.84694 (42.911549, -98.846830). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2), all of it land.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Butte has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Butte, Nebraska
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 32
(0)
36
(2.2)
47
(8.3)
61
(16.1)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
89
(31.7)
87
(30.6)
78
(25.6)
65
(18.3)
48
(8.9)
35
(1.7)
61
(16.1)
Average low °F (°C) 9
(-12.8)
13
(-10.6)
23
(-5)
35
(1.7)
46
(7.8)
57
(13.9)
62
(16.7)
60
(15.6)
50
(10)
38
(3.3)
24
(-4.4)
13
(-10.6)
36
(2.2)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.5
(13)
0.7
(18)
1.5
(38)
2.5
(64)
3.5
(89)
3.8
(97)
2.9
(74)
2.7
(69)
2.2
(56)
1.6
(41)
0.8
(20)
0.6
(15)
23.2
(589)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 350
1910 550 57.1%
1920 593 7.8%
1930 569 −4.0%
1940 623 9.5%
1950 614 −1.4%
1960 526 −14.3%
1970 575 9.3%
1980 529 −8.0%
1990 452 −14.6%
2000 366 −19.0%
2010 326 −10.9%
2019 (est.) 303 −7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 326 people, 144 households, and 83 families residing in the village. The population density was 776.2 inhabitants per square mile (299.7/km2). There were 192 housing units at an average density of 457.1 per square mile (176.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.0% White, 1.2% Native American, 2.5% Asian, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 144 households, of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.4% were non-families. 39.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.73.

The median age in the village was 51.8 years. 16.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.6% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 29.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

Education

It is in Boyd County Public Schools, established in June 2017. It was previously in West Boyd Schools, which was established in a merger in July 2007.

Notable people

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