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Kenesaw, Nebraska
Village
Sign promoting Kenesaw Homestead Act at subdivision entrance
Sign promoting Kenesaw Homestead Act at subdivision entrance
Location of Kenesaw, Nebraska
Location of Kenesaw, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°37′18″N 98°39′25″W / 40.62167°N 98.65694°W / 40.62167; -98.65694Coordinates: 40°37′18″N 98°39′25″W / 40.62167°N 98.65694°W / 40.62167; -98.65694
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Adams
Area
 • Total 1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Land 1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,051 ft (625 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 880
 • Estimate 
(2019)
962
 • Density 914.45/sq mi (353.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68956
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-25160
GNIS feature ID 0830469

Kenesaw is a village in Adams County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 880 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Hastings, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Kenesaw had its start in the year 1872 by the building of the Burlington railroad through that territory. Its name commemorates the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in the American Civil War.

In a 2004 attempt to increase the population and school enrollment, the village offered free home lots on the condition that the new owner build a house within a year. Three weeks after the publication of the offer, seven of the fifteen available lots had been claimed.

Geography

Kenesaw is located at 40°37′18″N 98°39′25″W / 40.62167°N 98.65694°W / 40.62167; -98.65694 (40.621679, -98.657029).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 504
1910 657 30.4%
1920 646 −1.7%
1930 614 −5.0%
1940 551 −10.3%
1950 584 6.0%
1960 546 −6.5%
1970 728 33.3%
1980 854 17.3%
1990 818 −4.2%
2000 873 6.7%
2010 880 0.8%
2019 (est.) 962 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 880 people, 326 households, and 227 families living in the village. The population density was 1,113.9 inhabitants per square mile (430.1/km2). There were 350 housing units at an average density of 443.0 per square mile (171.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.5% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 326 households, of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the village was 40.2 years. 26.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Notable person

  • Sandy Dennis, theater and Academy Award-winning film actress, grew up in Kenesaw
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