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Fairfield, Nebraska
Downtown Fairfield: D Street
Downtown Fairfield: D Street
Location of Fairfield, Nebraska
Location of Fairfield, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Clay
Area
 • Total 0.72 sq mi (1.87 km2)
 • Land 0.72 sq mi (1.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,778 ft (542 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 387
 • Estimate 
(2019)
369
 • Density 511.08/sq mi (197.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68938
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-16445
GNIS feature ID 0829208

Fairfield is a city in Clay County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 387 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Hastings, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Fairfield had its start in the year 1872 by the building of the railroad through that territory.

Geography

Fairfield is located at 40°25′55″N 98°6′18″W / 40.43194°N 98.10500°W / 40.43194; -98.10500 (40.432029, -98.104889).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.72 square miles (1.86 km2), all of it land. The city is located at 40.43202 N, 98.10324 W.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,203
1910 1,054 −12.4%
1920 784 −25.6%
1930 757 −3.4%
1940 640 −15.5%
1950 503 −21.4%
1960 495 −1.6%
1970 487 −1.6%
1980 543 11.5%
1990 458 −15.7%
2000 467 2.0%
2010 387 −17.1%
Est. 2019 369 −4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 387 people, 155 households, and 109 families living in the city. The population density was 537.5 inhabitants per square mile (207.5/km2). There were 198 housing units at an average density of 275.0 per square mile (106.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.2% White, 0.3% Native American, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 155 households, of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.7% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 40 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.

Education

Public education is provided by the South Central Nebraska Unified School District. The schools in the city are Sandy Creek Jr/Sr High School and Sandy Creek Elementary School.

Notable person

  • Samuel Roy McKelvie, 19th Governor of Nebraska and the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska; born in Fairfield
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