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Cozad, Nebraska
Sign marking the 100th meridian on U.S. Highway 30 in Cozad
Sign marking the 100th meridian on U.S. Highway 30 in Cozad
Location of Cozad, Nebraska
Location of Cozad, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Dawson
Area
 • Total 2.62 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Land 2.62 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,490 ft (759 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,977
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,735
 • Density 1,427.75/sq mi (551.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
69130
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-11020
GNIS feature ID 0828431

Cozad is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 3,977 at the 2010 census. The town is on the Great Plains of central Nebraska, along the Union Pacific Railroad and U.S. Route 30, just north of the Platte River. The 100th meridian, which roughly marks the eastward boundary of the arid plains, passes just west of the town as is marked nearby on a prominent sign across U.S. 30. In the early 1860s, the meridian was a stop along the Pony Express.

History

Cozad was founded in 1873 by John J. Cozad, a native of Ohio, and named for him.

Geography

Cozad is located at 40°51′44″N 99°59′3″W / 40.86222°N 99.98417°W / 40.86222; -99.98417 (40.862141, -99.984082).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.62 square miles (6.79 km2), all of it land.

Cozad was settled by John Jackson Cozad, father of painter Robert Henri. Cozad also founded Cozaddale, Ohio, a small, unincorporated village 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 542
1900 739 36.3%
1910 1,096 48.3%
1920 1,293 18.0%
1930 1,813 40.2%
1940 2,156 18.9%
1950 2,910 35.0%
1960 3,184 9.4%
1970 4,225 32.7%
1980 4,453 5.4%
1990 3,823 −14.1%
2000 4,163 8.9%
2010 3,977 −4.5%
Est. 2019 3,735 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

Cozad is part of the Lexington, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 3,977 people in 1,656 households, including 1,058 families, in the city. The population density was 1,517.9 inhabitants per square mile (586.1/km2). There were 1,881 housing units at an average density of 717.9 per square mile (277.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 5.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.3%.

Of the 1,656 households 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.6% of households were one person and 15.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age was 39.3 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Notable people

  • Heather Armbrust, IFBB professional bodybuilder, was born in Cozad
  • Dan Christensen, American abstract painter, was born in Cozad
  • Jared Crick, NFL defensive end
  • Kirstin Cronn-Mills, young adult author
  • Chris Dishman, NFL lineman
  • Robert Henri, American painter of the Ashcan School, was the son of John J. Cozad. His boyhood home the Robert Henri Museum is open to the public in the summer months.
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