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Gordon, Nebraska
Downtown Gordon
Downtown Gordon
Location within Sheridan County and Nebraska
Location within Sheridan County and Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Sheridan
Incorporated 1885
Area
 • Total 0.93 sq mi (2.41 km2)
 • Land 0.93 sq mi (2.41 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
3,553 ft (1,083 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,612
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,521
 • Density 1,633.73/sq mi (630.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
69343
Area code 308
FIPS code 31-19350
GNIS feature ID 0829591
Website City Website

Gordon is a city in Sheridan County in the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Its population was 1,612 at the 2010 census.

History

Gordon was incorporated as a village in 1885 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named for John Gordon, a pioneer settler. Gordon was incorporated in November 1885.

Other names

In the Lakota language, Gordon is known as tȟáȟča wakpá otȟúŋwahe, meaning "deer river city".

Geography

Gordon is located at 42°48′25″N 102°12′14″W / 42.80694°N 102.20389°W / 42.80694; -102.20389 (42.806956, -102.203812). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.93 square miles (2.41 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 542
1910 920 69.7%
1920 1,581 71.8%
1930 1,958 23.8%
1940 1,967 0.5%
1950 2,058 4.6%
1960 2,223 8.0%
1970 2,106 −5.3%
1980 2,167 2.9%
1990 1,803 −16.8%
2000 1,756 −2.6%
2010 1,612 −8.2%
2019 (est.) 1,521 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,612 people, 685 households, and 420 families living in the city. The population density was 1,733.3 inhabitants per square mile (669.2/km2). There were 806 housing units at an average density of 866.7 per square mile (334.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.6% White, 0.2% African American, 20.0% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

There were 685 households, of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.7% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 42.7 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.6% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 21.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Gordon NE Presby PHS1043
Presbyterian Church on a vintage postcard

Notable people

  • Tom Brewer, member of the Nebraska Legislature
  • Val Fitch, 1980 winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics
  • Dwight Griswold, governor of Nebraska from 1940 to 1946 and editor and publisher of the Gordon Journal from 1922 to 1940
  • Trevor Johnson, defensive end in the NFL; played for the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams
  • Doc Middleton, outlaw, saloon operator, and deputy sheriff in the late 1800s
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