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Holdrege, Nebraska
Holdrege city hall
Holdrege city hall
Location of Holdrege, Nebraska
Location of Holdrege, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Phelps
Area
 • Total 4.25 sq mi (11.00 km2)
 • Land 4.23 sq mi (10.96 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
2,329 ft (710 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,495
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,408
 • Density 1,277.58/sq mi (493.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68949
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-22640
GNIS feature ID 0830051
Website www.cityofholdrege.org

Holdrege is a city in Phelps County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,495 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Phelps County. The Nebraska Prairie Museum is located in Holdrege.

History

Holdrege was established in 1883 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named for George W. Holdrege, a railroad official. Holdrege was designated county seat in 1884.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.87 square miles (10.02 km2), of which, 3.86 square miles (10.00 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,601
1900 3,007 15.6%
1910 3,030 0.8%
1920 3,108 2.6%
1930 3,263 5.0%
1940 3,360 3.0%
1950 4,381 30.4%
1960 5,226 19.3%
1970 5,635 7.8%
1980 5,624 −0.2%
1990 5,671 0.8%
2000 5,636 −0.6%
2010 5,495 −2.5%
2019 (est.) 5,408 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,495 people, 2,351 households, and 1,496 families living in the city. The population density was 1,423.6 inhabitants per square mile (549.7/km2). There were 2,589 housing units at an average density of 670.7 per square mile (259.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.

There were 2,351 households, of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 42.4 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 19.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Infrastructure

Transportation

See also: Holdrege (Amtrak station)

US 183 passes south to north through the city, while US 6/34 traverses it west to east. A bus system is operated by the Phelps County Senior Center. Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides daily service through Holdrege, operating its California Zephyr daily in both directions between Chicago and Emeryville, California, across the bay from San Francisco.

Notable people

  • Tom Carlson, member of the Nebraska Legislature
  • Mark R. Christensen, member of the Nebraska Legislature
  • Ralph D. Cornell, landscape architect
  • Barbara Granlund, member of the Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate
  • Jerry Johnson, member of the Nebraska Legislature
  • DiAnna Schimek, member of the Nebraska Legislature
  • Harry Schmidt, U.S. Marine Corps general, commanding general during the Mariana Islands Campaign
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