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Clarkson, Nebraska
Downtown Clarkson: east side of Pine Street
Downtown Clarkson: east side of Pine Street
Location of Clarkson, Nebraska
Location of Clarkson, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Colfax
Area
 • Total 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
 • Land 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,496 ft (456 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 658
 • Estimate 
(2019)
633
 • Density 1,012.31/sq mi (391.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68629
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-09200
GNIS feature ID 0828161

Clarkson is a city in Colfax County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 658 at the 2010 census.

History

Clarkson was platted in 1886 when it was certain that a new railroad line extended to the site. It was named for T. S. Clarkson, a postal official who helped establish the town's first post office.

Geography

Clarkson is located at 41°43′29″N 97°7′23″W / 41.72472°N 97.12306°W / 41.72472; -97.12306 (41.724676, -97.123015).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2), all of it land.

Clarkson is located in Northeast Nebraska, three miles west of the junction of Nebraska Highways 15 and 91. Clarkson lies 35 miles southeast of Norfolk, Nebraska; 35 miles northeast of Columbus, Nebraska; 85 miles northwest of Omaha, Nebraska; and 90 miles northwest of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 147
1900 344 134.0%
1910 647 88.1%
1920 884 36.6%
1930 918 3.8%
1940 829 −9.7%
1950 764 −7.8%
1960 797 4.3%
1970 805 1.0%
1980 817 1.5%
1990 699 −14.4%
2000 685 −2.0%
2010 658 −3.9%
2019 (est.) 633 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 658 people, 285 households, and 168 families residing in the city. The population density was 832.9 inhabitants per square mile (321.6/km2). There were 342 housing units at an average density of 432.9 per square mile (167.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 285 households, of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.1% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 48.9 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 27.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.

Points of interest

  • Clarkson Public Library
  • Clarkson Historical Museum
  • Clarkson Opera House
  • Memorial Park
  • Bohemian National Garden
  • Clarkson City Park

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, Clarkson has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Clarkson, Nebraska
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -0.6
(31)
2.8
(37)
8.3
(47)
17.2
(63)
22.8
(73)
28.3
(83)
30.6
(87)
29.4
(85)
24.4
(76)
18.3
(65)
8.3
(47)
2.2
(36)
16.1
(61)
Average low °C (°F) -12.2
(10)
-9.4
(15)
-3.9
(25)
2.8
(37)
8.9
(48)
14.4
(58)
17.2
(63)
16.1
(61)
10.6
(51)
3.9
(39)
-3.3
(26)
-9.4
(15)
2.8
(37)
Precipitation mm (inches) 18
(0.7)
20
(0.8)
46
(1.8)
64
(2.5)
109
(4.3)
114
(4.5)
86
(3.4)
86
(3.4)
71
(2.8)
51
(2)
30
(1.2)
18
(0.7)
709
(27.9)
Source: Weatherbase

Economy

Economic activities in Clarkson include farming, cattle, and hog feeding, nursery, and retail and wholesale sales. Clarkson is also home to the largest perennial grower in the midwest — Bluebird Nursery.

Economic progress in Clarkson since 1995 includes several expansions of Bluebird Nursery and the construction of a new concession stand in the City Park. The Opera House is now managed by the Clarkson Community Opera House, Inc. organization, founded in 2002. The current organization expects to maintain the Opera House as a viable facility on Main Street. The Physicians Clinic is now Alegent Health Clarkson Clinic. A new medical clinic building is currently in use.

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