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O'Neill, Nebraska
City
Shamrock painted on pavement at 4th and Douglas
Shamrock painted on pavement at 4th and Douglas
Location of O'Neill, Nebraska
Location of O'Neill, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Holt
Incorporated 1882
Area
 • Total 2.38 sq mi (6.16 km2)
 • Land 2.38 sq mi (6.16 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,988 ft (606 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,705
 • Estimate (2012) 3,684
 • Density 1,556.7/sq mi (601.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68763
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-37105
GNIS feature ID 0831786
Website cityofoneill.com

O'Neill is a city in Holt County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 3,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Holt County.

History

O'Neill was platted in 1874. It was named for one of its founders, John O'Neill. O'Neill was originally built up chiefly by Irish settlers.

The town was incorporated in 1882.

Geography

O'Neill is located at 42°27′39″N 98°38′49″W / 42.46083°N 98.64694°W / 42.46083; -98.64694 (42.460753, -98.647016). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.38 square miles (6.16 km2), all of it land.

O'Neill is the official Irish capital of Nebraska. Cattle, potatoes, tomatoes, soybeans and corn are the major products produced near this town.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 57
1890 1,226 2,050.9%
1900 1,107 −9.7%
1910 2,089 88.7%
1920 2,107 0.9%
1930 2,019 −4.2%
1940 2,532 25.4%
1950 3,027 19.5%
1960 3,181 5.1%
1970 3,753 18.0%
1980 4,049 7.9%
1990 3,852 −4.9%
2000 3,733 −3.1%
2010 3,705 −0.8%
Est. 2015 3,653 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,705 people, 1,593 households, and 970 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,556.7 inhabitants per square mile (601.0/km2). There were 1,778 housing units at an average density of 747.1 per square mile (288.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 3.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population.

There were 1,593 households of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.1% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 42.8 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,733 people, 1,554 households, and 988 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,580.7 people per square mile (610.7/km²). There were 1,740 housing units at an average density of 736.8 per square mile (284.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.53% White, 0.03% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 1,554 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,815, and the median income for a family was $40,063. Males had a median income of $28,614 versus $18,627 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,998. About 5.0% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Moses Kinkaid Bldg from NW
The old Nebraska State Bank building is now the Holt County Historical Museum. Moses Kinkaid's office, now restored, occupied the second floor of the building.

Annual cultural events

Saint Patrick's Day and the Summerfest in July are the town's main celebrations.

Museums and other points of interest

For now, O'Neill houses the world's largest permanent shamrock. Made of colored concrete, it was installed in the main intersection of 4th & Douglas in 2000.


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