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McCook, Nebraska
City
George Norris Avenue
George Norris Avenue
Location of McCook within Nebraska and Red Willow County
Location of McCook within Nebraska and Red Willow County
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Red Willow
Area
 • Total 5.39 sq mi (13.96 km2)
 • Land 5.39 sq mi (13.96 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,572 ft (784 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,698
 • Estimate (2012) 7,652
 • Density 1,428.2/sq mi (551.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 69001
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-29925
GNIS feature ID 0831117
Website cityofmccook.com

McCook is a city and county seat of Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,698 at the 2010 census.

History

McCook was platted in 1882 when the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad was extended to that point. It was named in honor of Alexander McDowell McCook, a Brigadier General in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Geography

McCook is located at 40°12′19″N 100°37′34″W / 40.20528°N 100.62611°W / 40.20528; -100.62611 (40.205228, −100.626174). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.39 square miles (13.96 km2), all of it land.

Climate

McCook's climate is formally classified as hot-summer humid continental. Due to the very hot and humid summers typical of the Midwest and the January daily mean averaging around −3 °C (27 °F) (the isotherm for being continental) it has significant influence of the humid subtropical climate, lying in the transition zone between the climate types. Winters are generally dry and summers wet.

Climate data for McCook
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 25
(77)
28
(82)
33
(91)
36
(97)
40
(104)
44
(111)
45
(113)
43
(109)
41
(106)
36
(97)
30
(86)
25
(77)
45
(113)
Average high °C (°F) 4.8
(40.6)
7
(45)
12.3
(54.1)
18.1
(64.6)
23
(73)
28.9
(84)
32.2
(90)
30.9
(87.6)
26.3
(79.3)
19.2
(66.6)
11.3
(52.3)
5
(41)
18.3
(64.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) -2.7
(27.1)
-0.6
(30.9)
4.1
(39.4)
9.7
(49.5)
15.3
(59.5)
21.1
(70)
24.4
(75.9)
23.2
(73.8)
18
(64)
10.7
(51.3)
3.4
(38.1)
-2.2
(28)
10.4
(50.7)
Average low °C (°F) -10.1
(13.8)
-8.3
(17.1)
-4.1
(24.6)
1.3
(34.3)
7.7
(45.9)
13.3
(55.9)
16.6
(61.9)
15.5
(59.9)
9.6
(49.3)
2.3
(36.1)
-4.4
(24.1)
-9.4
(15.1)
2.6
(36.7)
Record low °C (°F) -34
(-29)
-38
(-36)
-28
(-18)
-10
(14)
1
(34)
6
(43)
3
(37)
-5
(23)
-18
(-0)
-23
(-9)
-31
(-24)
-38
(-36)
Rainfall mm (inches) 12.7
(0.5)
15.2
(0.598)
35.6
(1.402)
58.4
(2.299)
78.7
(3.098)
86.4
(3.402)
83.8
(3.299)
78.7
(3.098)
35.6
(1.402)
45.7
(1.799)
25.4
(1)
15.2
(0.598)
571.5
(22.5)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,346
1900 2,445 4.2%
1910 3,765 54.0%
1920 4,303 14.3%
1930 6,688 55.4%
1940 6,212 −7.1%
1950 7,678 23.6%
1960 8,301 8.1%
1970 8,285 −0.2%
1980 8,404 1.4%
1990 8,112 −3.5%
2000 7,994 −1.5%
2010 7,698 −3.7%
Est. 2015 7,580 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,698 people, 3,324 households, and 2,021 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,428.2 inhabitants per square mile (551.4/km2). There were 3,717 housing units at an average density of 689.6 per square mile (266.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.

There were 3,324 households of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 40.7 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,994 people, 3,371 households, and 2,154 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,485.1 people per square mile (573.7/km²). There were 3,754 housing units at an average density of 697.4 per square mile (269.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.18% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.91% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population. The population was 7,410 in 2009.

There were 3,371 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $31,105, and the median income for a family was $40,455. Males had a median income of $28,065 versus $18,516 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,691. About 7.9% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Culture

The Harvey P. Sutton House at 602 Norris Avenue was designed by influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905–1907 and built 1907–1908. The classic Prairie-style house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places; it is the only Wright house known to have been built in Nebraska. The house is used as a private residence, and is not open to the public.

McCook hosts the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival each summer. There is also the Heritage Day Celebration and the McCook Balloon Fest in September.

McCook Army Airfield, active from 1943 through 1945, was located nine miles northwest of McCook.

McCook hosted a professional baseball team, the McCook Braves, who played in the Nebraska State League from 1956–59. In their final season in 1959, the club featured future Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro and won the NSL championship; both the Braves and the league folded at season's end. Another pitcher on the team, Pat Jordan, later became a writer for the Sporting News, and wrote an autobiography dealing with his career with the Braves, A False Spring.

McCook is home to the first 2-year Junior College in Nebraska, it was founded in September of 1926 on the second floor of the YMCA building on Main Street. The name was eventually changed to McCook Community College and and was governed over the Mid-Plains Area.

Transportation

George Norris House from SE 2
The George Norris House in McCook is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Rail

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service through McCook, operating its California Zephyr daily in both directions between Chicago and Emeryville (Oakland), California, with stops in Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings.

Air

Commuter airline Boutique Air is currently serving the McCook Regional Airport with daily nonstop round trip commercial flights to Denver, Colorado.


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