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Osceola, Nebraska
City
Downtown Osceola: north side of courthouse square
Downtown Osceola: north side of courthouse square
Location of Osceola, Nebraska
Location of Osceola, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Polk
Area
 • Total 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
 • Land 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,667 ft (508 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 880
 • Estimate (2012) 867
 • Density 957/sq mi (369.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68651
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-37525
GNIS feature ID 0831907
Website osceolanebraska.com

Osceola is a city in, and the county seat of, Polk County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 880 as of the 2010 census.

History

According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the first settlers of Osceola, which included the families of Reverend James Query and Vinson Perry Davis, arrived in October 1868. Davis is credited with naming the settlement after a city of the same name in Iowa, which had been named after Chief Osceola of the Seminole people. After three years of settlement and disputes over the permanent location, the town itself was organized by frontiersmen William Francis Kimmel and John Hopwood Mickey in the early fall of 1871. It had been decided in an election by a margin of 14 votes, prior to the formation that the "geographic center of the county" was best suited to be the settlement's site. A courthouse was erected the following spring and a general store was founded in May. During the summer, a post office was built, which served as a terminus between the cities of Lincoln and Ulysses. The town's first full year concluded with the establishment of a public school. The following year brought Methodism to the town, and a church for the faith had been completed by 1878. In the succeeding year, Nebraska Wesleyan college was founded in the church, serving 11 students by means of 4 instructors. The school would later move to Fullerton. The Omaha and Republican Valley Railroad, reached the town in 1879 and named a locomotive after the city, however it was ultimately renamed the number "9." Two years following the arrival of the railroad, the settlement was incorporated as a village on August 26, 1881 after accumulating a population of 200 citizens. The city would ultimately reach its peak of 1,200 residents in 1920.

A newspaper titled The Homesteader was established in August 1873. It was renamed the Osceola Record in March 1876, and as of 1995 it is known as the Polk County News. It currently has a circulation of approximately 1,850 subscribers.

The city experienced a drought from 1893-95. During the final stages in 1895, much of the city was burned by a two-hour-long fire that left only two buildings standing.

A sewage plant for the city was constructed in 1958 and expanded in 2007. Hanna Keelan from Lincoln, Nebraska was responsible for the formation of a comprehensive city plan formulated in 1985.

In the city's centennial year of 1971, celebrations were held for the city and twenty years after this, festivities marked the 100th anniversary of St. Mary's Catholic Church just outside town.

Geography

Osceola is located at 41°10′41″N 97°32′55″W / 41.17806°N 97.54861°W / 41.17806; -97.54861 (41.177957, -97.548732). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.92 square miles (2.38 km2), all of it land.

Using paved roads, Stromsburg and Shelby are tied as the closest cities to Osceola, located approximately 6.8 miles (10.9 km) away. Polk, which is in the same county as Osceola is located 19 miles (31 km) away. Outside of the county, Silver Creek is the closest city, found 11 miles (18 km) away.

In regards to the largest cities of the state, Osceola is found 49 miles (79 km) northeast of Grand Island, 76 miles (122 km) northwest of Lincoln and 90 miles (140 km) to the west of Omaha.

Climate

On average, July is the warmest month for the city, January is the coolest and May receives the most precipitation. In regards to extremes, the city's highest recorded temperature was 112 °F in 1954 and the lowest was -29 °F in 1989.

Climate data for Osceola, Nebraska
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 34
(1.1)
38
(3.3)
50
(10)
62
(16.7)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
86
(30)
84
(28.9)
76
(24.4)
64
(17.8)
48
(8.9)
35
(1.7)
60.9
(16.06)
Average low °F (°C) 12
(-11.1)
16
(-8.9)
25
(-3.9)
37
(2.8)
50
(10)
60
(15.6)
64
(17.8)
61
(16.1)
51
(10.6)
39
(3.9)
26
(-3.3)
15
(-9.4)
38
(3.33)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.60
(15.2)
0.74
(18.8)
2.09
(53.1)
2.81
(71.4)
4.52
(114.8)
4.37
(111)
3.23
(82)
3.33
(84.6)
2.60
(66)
1.89
(48)
1.72
(43.7)
0.82
(20.8)
28.72
(729.5)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 527
1890 947 79.7%
1900 882 −6.9%
1910 1,105 25.3%
1920 1,209 9.4%
1930 1,054 −12.8%
1940 1,039 −1.4%
1950 1,098 5.7%
1960 1,013 −7.7%
1970 923 −8.9%
1980 975 5.6%
1990 879 −9.8%
2000 921 4.8%
2010 880 −4.5%
Est. 2015 850 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 880 people, 365 households, and 229 families residing in the city. The population density was 956.5 inhabitants per square mile (369.3/km2). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 451.1 per square mile (174.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 365 households of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.3% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% 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 2.94.

The median age in the city was 45.3 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.8% male and 54.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 921 people, 381 households, and 235 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,036.8 people per square mile (399.6/km²). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 469.4 per square mile (180.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.57% White, 0.33% Native American, and 0.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 381 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 80.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,737, and the median income for a family was $46,354. Males had a median income of $33,906 versus $19,432 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,037. About 5.2% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.


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