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Hooper, Nebraska
Downtown Hooper: northwest corner of Main and Fulton
Downtown Hooper: northwest corner of Main and Fulton
Location of Hooper, Nebraska
Location of Hooper, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Dodge
Area
 • Total 0.69 sq mi (1.78 km2)
 • Land 0.67 sq mi (1.75 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,230 ft (375 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 830
 • Estimate 
(2019)
838
 • Density 1,243.32/sq mi (479.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68031
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-23025
GNIS feature ID 0830111

Hooper is a city in Dodge County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 830 at the 2010 census.

History

Hooper had its start in the year 1871 by the building of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad through that territory. It was named for Samuel Hooper, a US congressman from Massachusetts.

Geography

Hooper is located at 41°36′40″N 96°32′50″W / 41.61111°N 96.54722°W / 41.61111; -96.54722 (41.611082, -96.547238).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.71 km2), of which, 0.65 square miles (1.68 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 204
1890 670 228.4%
1900 840 25.4%
1910 741 −11.8%
1920 1,014 36.8%
1930 985 −2.9%
1940 802 −18.6%
1950 859 7.1%
1960 832 −3.1%
1970 895 7.6%
1980 932 4.1%
1990 850 −8.8%
2000 827 −2.7%
2010 830 0.4%
2019 (est.) 838 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 830 people, 359 households, and 228 families living in the city. The population density was 1,276.9 inhabitants per square mile (493.0/km2). There were 396 housing units at an average density of 609.2 per square mile (235.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 359 households, of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.5% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 45.2 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 24.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

Landmarks

Hooper is noted for a 24-foot (7.3 m) tower, with the town's name in 18-inch (460 mm) letters, completed in 2010 as a road sign for the town. The tower was constructed alongside a new bypass on U.S. Route 275 that diverted the highway around the town and raised concerns that the town would be unnoticed by passing traffic.

Notable people

  • Jordan Larson, volleyball player at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln; world champion and Olympic gold medalist for the United States women's national volleyball team
  • Donald K. Schwab, first lieutenant in the US Army in World War II; awarded Medal of Honor March 18, 2014 for heroism near Lure, France on September 17, 1944
  • Lillian Boyer, legendary aerial daredevil, wing walker 1920s
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