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DeWitt, Nebraska
Sign at the edge of De Witt
Sign at the edge of De Witt
Location of De Witt, Nebraska
Location of De Witt, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Saline
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.08 km2)
 • Land 0.42 sq mi (1.08 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,289 ft (393 m)
 • Total 513
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,194.24/sq mi (460.70/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-13015
GNIS feature ID 0828616

De Witt is a village in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 513 at the 2010 census.


De Witt was established in 1872 when the railroad was extended to that point.


De Witt is located at 40°23′42″N 96°55′15″W / 40.39500°N 96.92083°W / 40.39500; -96.92083 (40.394982, -96.920790).

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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 305
1890 751 146.2%
1900 662 −11.9%
1910 675 2.0%
1920 623 −7.7%
1930 534 −14.3%
1940 490 −8.2%
1950 528 7.8%
1960 504 −4.5%
1970 651 29.2%
1980 642 −1.4%
1990 598 −6.9%
2000 572 −4.3%
2010 513 −10.3%
2019 (est.) 498 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 513 people, 222 households, and 154 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,221.4 inhabitants per square mile (471.6/km2). There were 245 housing units at an average density of 583.3 per square mile (225.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.3% White, 1.0% African American, 1.0% Native American, 1.0% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 222 households, of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the village was 43.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 33.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.


Crowd to greet Wm. H. Taft, De Witt, Nebraska, 1908 LCCN91708871
Crowd to greet William Howard Taft, 1908

A popular tool, called the Vise-Grip, was first manufactured in De Witt. The Vise-Grip was originally manufactured in De Witt by Petersen Manufacturing, founded by Danish immigrant William Petersen. Petersen, a blacksmith by trade, invented the first locking pliers and began selling them from the trunk of his car to farmers and people in surrounding towns. In 1985 American Tool Companies Inc. was formed by the Petersen family, and it in turn acquired Petersen Manufacturing. In 1993 American Tool acquired Irwin Industrial. The company operated under the Irwin Industrial name beginning in 2002 when it was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid.[1] On October 31, 2008 the plant was closed and 330 jobs were lost when manufacturing of Vise-Grips and other tools moved to China. In 2018 the building was sold to Malco Products, and as of 2021 has resumed producing pliers of the same style under the name Eagle Grip. [2]

In 2009 Gerry Durnell writing in Automobile Quarterly said: "The original Vise-Grip manufacturing plant now sits vacant. One auction has already taken place, another is contemplated, and the building is for sale.


DeWitt is served by Tri County Public Schools, which was established in 1966 as a consolidation of various school districts.

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