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Fairmont, Nebraska
Village
Flint Hills ethanol-production plant near Fairmont
Flint Hills ethanol-production plant near Fairmont
Location of Fairmont, Nebraska
Location of Fairmont, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Fillmore
Area
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Land 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,640 ft (500 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 560
 • Estimate 
(2019)
515
 • Density 437.18/sq mi (168.82/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68354
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-16550
GNIS feature ID 0829215

Fairmont is a village in Fillmore County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 560 at the 2010 census.

History

Fairmont was platted in 1871 when the railroad was extended to that point. Fairmont is a descriptive name referring to the town's scenic setting at a lofty elevation. By the fall of 1872 Fairmont had a school building, hotels, more stores, lumberyards, and coal and feed yards under construction. The first newspaper, "Fairmont Bulletin" was published in 1872. By 1881 there were three with the introduction of the "Nebraska Bulletin" and the "Nebraska Signal".

One of the first major business enterprises, the Fairmont Creamery Company, was founded in 1884. Corporate offices were moved to Omaha in 1907.

Geography

Fairmont is located at 40°38′8″N 97°35′6″W / 40.63556°N 97.58500°W / 40.63556; -97.58500 (40.635526, -97.584928).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 600
1890 1,029 71.5%
1900 784 −23.8%
1910 921 17.5%
1920 785 −14.8%
1930 740 −5.7%
1940 810 9.5%
1950 729 −10.0%
1960 829 13.7%
1970 761 −8.2%
1980 767 0.8%
1990 708 −7.7%
2000 691 −2.4%
2010 560 −19.0%
2019 (est.) 515 −8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 560 people, 243 households, and 151 families residing in the village. The population density was 682.9 inhabitants per square mile (263.7/km2). There were 299 housing units at an average density of 364.6 per square mile (140.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.7% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 243 households, of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.9% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.68.

The median age in the village was 50.1 years. 18.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.1% were from 25 to 44; 31.2% were from 45 to 64; and 27% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

Notable person

Frances Maule Bjorkman, feminist activist

See also

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