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Mitchell, Nebraska
Western Sugar storage facility and closed sugar factory in Mitchell
Western Sugar storage facility and closed sugar factory in Mitchell
Location of Mitchell, Nebraska
Location of Mitchell, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Scotts Bluff
Incorporated 1902
 • Total 0.67 sq mi (1.74 km2)
 • Land 0.67 sq mi (1.74 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,950 ft (1,200 m)
 • Total 1,702
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,418.78/sq mi (933.29/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-32410
GNIS feature ID 0831357

Mitchell is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Scottsbluff, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,702 at the 2010 census.


Mitchell was established in 1900, when the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was extended westward to that point. It was named after the historic Fort Mitchell nearby, which had been named after General Robert B. Mitchell, a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Mitchell was incorporated as a city in 1902.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.67 square miles (1.74 km2), all of it land. Mitchell is northwest of Scottsbluff.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 640
1920 1,298 102.8%
1930 2,058 58.6%
1940 2,181 6.0%
1950 2,101 −3.7%
1960 1,920 −8.6%
1970 1,842 −4.1%
1980 1,956 6.2%
1990 1,743 −10.9%
2000 1,831 5.0%
2010 1,702 −7.0%
2019 (est.) 1,623 −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate
Main Street, Mitchell, Nebraska - NARA - 294497
Mitchell, 1910

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,702 people, 696 households, and 441 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,540.3 inhabitants per square mile (980.8/km2). There were 790 housing units at an average density of 1,179.1 per square mile (455.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 6.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.1% of the population.

There were 696 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 40.2 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.

Culture and recreation

Annual cultural event

The Scotts Bluff County Fair, first organized in 1887, is held in Mitchell each year. The fair includes a pageant, musical entertainment, livestock show and circus.


  • The Scenic Knolls Golf Course is a 9-hole course that opened in 1993. The course includes 3,476 yards of golf.
  • Public Swimming Pool at 2012 17th Street.


  • US 26.svg U.S. Highway 26 - east-west route through Mitchell (Broadway St.)
  • N-29 - Nebraska Route 29 - north-south route in Mitchell (19th Avenue)


Mitchell is part of the Mitchell Public Schools School District. The district has two schools, Mitchell Elementary School and Mitchell High School.

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