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Juniata, Nebraska
Downtown Juniata and grain elevators
Downtown Juniata and grain elevators
Location of Juniata, Nebraska
Location of Juniata, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°35′29″N 98°30′26″W / 40.59139°N 98.50722°W / 40.59139; -98.50722Coordinates: 40°35′29″N 98°30′26″W / 40.59139°N 98.50722°W / 40.59139; -98.50722
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Adams
 • Total 0.67 sq mi (1.73 km2)
 • Land 0.67 sq mi (1.73 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,962 ft (598 m)
 • Total 755
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,233.88/sq mi (476.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-24950
GNIS feature ID 0830427

Juniata is a village in Adams County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 755 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Hastings, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Juniata was named by the Burlington Railroad for a river in Pennsylvania and is the oldest town in Adams County. It was platted, organized, and became the county seat in late 1871, the first school district in the county was established there, and the first newspaper in the county, the Adams County Gazette, was published there. During the 1870s the Commercial Hotel, south of the railroad depot, was one of the largest in Nebraska west of Lincoln. It was demolished in 1879. On April 12, 1872, the county commissioners declined a request from the St. Joseph and Denver City Railroad for $75,000 in bonds to build 25 miles of track, reasoning that the line would be built anyway and would logically cross the Burlington line at Juniata. Instead the railroad laid its tracks seven miles east and set up the new town of Hastings, which in September 1878 won a five-year Great County Seat War and became the county seat. Juniata continued to grow and now has more residents than in the 1880s. However, it has suffered a number of disastrous fires, the last in 1961, and in 1960 a tornado destroyed the 2-story town pump with bandstand that had been built in 1904 at the intersection of Juniata Avenue and Tenth Street. Because of its proximity to Hastings, Juniata is today a commuter suburb.


Juniata is located at 40°35′29″N 98°30′26″W / 40.59139°N 98.50722°W / 40.59139; -98.50722 (40.591315, -98.507132).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.68 square miles (1.76 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 494
1890 528 6.9%
1900 543 2.8%
1910 471 −13.3%
1920 329 −30.1%
1930 367 11.6%
1940 338 −7.9%
1950 365 8.0%
1960 422 15.6%
1970 480 13.7%
1980 703 46.5%
1990 811 15.4%
2000 693 −14.5%
2010 755 8.9%
2019 (est.) 823 9.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 755 people, 299 households, and 214 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,110.3 inhabitants per square mile (428.7/km2). There were 312 housing units at an average density of 458.8 per square mile (177.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 3.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 299 households, of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.4% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the village was 39.7 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 33.2% were from 45 to 64; and 9.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.

Notable person

George Jay Lapp, Mennonite bishop

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