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Clarks, Nebraska
Village
Downtown Clarks: Green Street, seen from across U.S. Highway 30
Downtown Clarks: Green Street, seen from across U.S. Highway 30
Location of Clarks, Nebraska
Location of Clarks, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Merrick
Area
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
 • Land 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,621 ft (494 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 369
 • Estimate 
(2019)
344
 • Density 1,095.54/sq mi (423.24/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68628
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-09165
GNIS feature ID 0828159

Clarks is a village in Merrick County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 369 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Grand Island, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Clarks was platted in 1866 when the Union Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. It is named for Silas Henry H. Clark, superintendent of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Geography

Clarks is located at 41°13′1″N 97°50′20″W / 41.21694°N 97.83889°W / 41.21694; -97.83889 (41.216880, -97.838803).

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 554
1910 605 9.2%
1920 540 −10.7%
1930 540 0.0%
1940 454 −15.9%
1950 464 2.2%
1960 439 −5.4%
1970 480 9.3%
1980 445 −7.3%
1990 379 −14.8%
2000 361 −4.7%
2010 369 2.2%
2019 (est.) 344 −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 369 people, 145 households, and 105 families in the village. The population density was 1,190.3 inhabitants per square mile (459.6/km2). There were 167 housing units at an average density of 538.7 per square mile (208.0/km2). The racial makup of the village was 94.9% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1%.

Of the 145 households 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.4% of households were one person and 12.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the village was 39.2 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.7% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

Notable natives

  • Helen Elizabeth Clark Derr, journalist
  • Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter

Education

Clarks Public School was a K-12 school until it consolidated with the Polk, Hordville, and Marquette school systems in 2000.

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