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Harvard, Nebraska
Downtown Harvard: east side of Clay Avenue
Downtown Harvard: east side of Clay Avenue
Location of Harvard, Nebraska
Location of Harvard, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°37′13″N 98°5′48″W / 40.62028°N 98.09667°W / 40.62028; -98.09667Coordinates: 40°37′13″N 98°5′48″W / 40.62028°N 98.09667°W / 40.62028; -98.09667
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Clay
Area
 • Total 0.65 sq mi (1.67 km2)
 • Land 0.65 sq mi (1.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,801 ft (549 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,013
 • Estimate 
(2019)
964
 • Density 1,494.57/sq mi (577.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68944
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-21345
GNIS feature ID 0829840
Website www.harvardnebraska.com/

Harvard is a city in Clay County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,013. It is part of the Hastings, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Harvard was founded in 1871 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named after Harvard University, in Massachusetts.

Geography

Harvard is located at 40°37′13″N 98°5′48″W / 40.62028°N 98.09667°W / 40.62028; -98.09667 (40.620276, -98.096554).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.65 square miles (1.68 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 768
1890 1,076 40.1%
1900 849 −21.1%
1910 1,102 29.8%
1920 991 −10.1%
1930 865 −12.7%
1940 704 −18.6%
1950 774 9.9%
1960 1,261 62.9%
1970 1,230 −2.5%
1980 1,217 −1.1%
1990 976 −19.8%
2000 998 2.3%
2010 1,013 1.5%
2019 (est.) 964 −4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,013 people, 372 households, and 248 families living in the city. The population density was 1,558.5 inhabitants per square mile (601.7/km2). There were 453 housing units at an average density of 696.9 per square mile (269.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 15.8% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.7% of the population.

There were 372 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 29.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Notable natives

  • Milan D. Bish, Ambassador of the United States to Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Antigua, and St. Vincent, as well as Special Representative to St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla from 1981 to 1984.
  • Jay Keasling, bioengineering pioneer
  • John L. Loos, American historian reared in Harvard, 1935 graduate of Harvard High School
  • Paul Revere, born Paul Revere Dick, organist and leader of the rock group Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • Billy Southworth, a Hall of Fame baseball manager of two World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals teams in 1942 and 1944.
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