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Dorchester, Nebraska
Village
Downtown Dorchester.
Downtown Dorchester.
Location of Dorchester, Nebraska
Location of Dorchester, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°38′55″N 97°6′55″W / 40.64861°N 97.11528°W / 40.64861; -97.11528Coordinates: 40°38′55″N 97°6′55″W / 40.64861°N 97.11528°W / 40.64861; -97.11528
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Saline
Area
 • Total 0.50 sq mi (1.30 km2)
 • Land 0.50 sq mi (1.30 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,483 ft (452 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 586
 • Estimate 
(2019)
574
 • Density 1,141.15/sq mi (440.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68343
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-13435
GNIS feature ID 0828759

Dorchester is a village in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. It is thirty-eight miles southwest from the Lincoln, Nebraska metropolitan area. The population was 586 at the 2010 census.

History

Dorchester was platted in 1870 when the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad was extended to that point. It was likely named after Dorchester, Massachusetts, although some say it was named for Dorchester, in England, which in any case is the namesake of the Massachusetts city.

Geography

Dorchester is located at 40°38′55″N 97°6′55″W / 40.64861°N 97.11528°W / 40.64861; -97.11528 (40.648497, -97.115153).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.48 square miles (1.24 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 309
1890 540 74.8%
1900 521 −3.5%
1910 610 17.1%
1920 522 −14.4%
1930 579 10.9%
1940 558 −3.6%
1950 478 −14.3%
1960 460 −3.8%
1970 492 7.0%
1980 611 24.2%
1990 614 0.5%
2000 615 0.2%
2010 586 −4.7%
2019 (est.) 574 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 586 people, 233 households, and 166 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,220.8 inhabitants per square mile (471.4/km2). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 527.1 per square mile (203.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.8% White, 1.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 6.8% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.7% of the population.

There were 233 households, of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.8% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the village was 37.5 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Notable people

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