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Geneva, Nebraska
G Street in downtown (2009)
G Street in downtown (2009)
Location of Geneva, Nebraska
Location of Geneva, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Fillmore
Area
 • Total 2.26 sq mi (5.86 km2)
 • Land 2.26 sq mi (5.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,644 ft (501 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,217
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,086
 • Density 921.79/sq mi (355.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68361
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-18405
GNIS feature ID 0829483
Website genevane.org

Geneva is a city in, and the county seat of, Fillmore County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 2,217 at the 2010 census.

History

Geneva was founded in 1871. It was named after Geneva, in Switzerland, perhaps via Geneva, New York.

Geography

Geneva is located at 40°31′35″N 97°36′7″W / 40.52639°N 97.60194°W / 40.52639; -97.60194 (40.526288, -97.601885).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.04 square miles (5.28 km2), all land.

The city serves as the Fillmore County seat and is home to the historic Fillmore County Courthouse. This two-story brick building was built in 1894 and has a prominent three-story clock tower which was installed by jeweler W.P. McCall in 1909. The courthouse underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration and conservation project and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geneva is located approximately 24 miles south of Interstate 80 on U.S. Route 81, which is a part of the Pan American Highway, connecting Canada to Mexico.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 376
1890 1,580 320.2%
1900 1,534 −2.9%
1910 1,741 13.5%
1920 1,768 1.6%
1930 1,662 −6.0%
1940 1,888 13.6%
1950 2,031 7.6%
1960 2,352 15.8%
1970 2,275 −3.3%
1980 2,400 5.5%
1990 2,310 −3.7%
2000 2,226 −3.6%
2010 2,217 −0.4%
2019 (est.) 2,086 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,217 people, 926 households, and 585 families living in the city. The population density was 1,086.8 inhabitants per square mile (419.6/km2). There were 1,061 housing units at an average density of 520.1 per square mile (200.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 1.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 926 households, of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 44.3 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 24.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.

Education

Fillmore Central Elementary and High School are the public schools in Geneva.

Grace Lutheran Elementary School is a Christian school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Geneva.

Notable people

  • Robert B. Wilson, Nobel prize in Economics, 2020
  • Kate Barnard, first woman elected to statewide office in Oklahoma
  • Maggie Malone, collegiate javelin throw record-holder and Olympic athlete
  • Terry Murrell, President of Western Iowa Tech Community College
  • John E. Nelson, member of the Nebraska Legislature
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